Gisela Hirschmann

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Peter Himsel


Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

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Peter Himsel
Former Staff Member of the Research Department

Research fields

International Relations
Theories of institutional change | International organisations | Accountability of transnational actors | Human rights


Gisela Hirschmann was a doctoral fellow working for the research project “International Organisations and the Protection of Fundamental Rights of Individuals” from 2010 until 2015. Her research interests are in the field of International Relations, with a particular focus on the legitimacy of international organizations, institutional change, organizational learning and human rights. Her dissertation analyzed the accountability for human rights violations committed in the context of United Nations peace operations, based on a set of case studies on the operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kosovo. She obtained her PhD from the Free University Berlin in 2015, where she was a research associate at the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies. Since 2015, she is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institutein Florence, Italy.

Selected Publications

Heupel, Monika/ Hirschmann, Gisela (2014): "Practice What You Preach. Die UN und der Schutz von Menschenrechten in Friedensoperationen und Sanktionspolitik," in: Vereinte Nationen 2014/1, pp. 9–14.

Hirschmann, Gisela (2012): "Peacebuilding in UN Peacekeeping Exit Strategies. Organized Hypocrisy and Institutional Reform". In: International Peacekeeping, Vol. 19, No. 2, S. 170-185.
Hirschmann, Gisela (2012): "Organizational Learning in United Nations' Peacekeeping Exit Strategies". In: Cooperation and Conflict - Journal of the Nordic International Studies Association, Vol. 47, No. 3, S. 368-385.
Heupel, Monika/Hirschmann, Gisela (2013): "Mehr Autorität, mehr Anforderungen. Internationale Organisationen und der Schutz von Menschenrechten". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 141, S. 17-20.
Hirschmann, Gisela/Heupel, Monika (2014): "'Practice What You Preach'. Die UN und der Schutz von Menschenrechten in Friedensoperationen und Sanktionspolitik". In: Vereinte Nationen - Zeitschrift für die Vereinten Nationen und ihre Sonderorganisationen, Jg. 62, H. 1, S. 9-14.
Heupel, Monika/Hirschmann, Gisela/Zürn, Michael (2015): "Internationale Organisationen und der Schutz der Menschenrechte". In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 49 "Internationale Organisationen. Autonomie, Politisierung, interorganisationale Beziehungen und Wandel", herausgegeben von Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt/Martin Koch/Andrea Liese. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, S. 423-451.
Hirschmann, Gisela (2015): "Menschenrechte". In: Informationen zur politischen Bildung, H. 325, S. 50-55.
Hirschmann, Gisela (2015): "Wenn Friedensmissionen Bürger gefährden. Bemühungen um einen besseren Menschenrechtsschutz". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 148, S. 17-19.