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Max Lesch

Short CV

Since September 2019, Max Lesch is a Research Fellow at the Chair of International Relations and coordinator of the research cluster “Global Networks” at Zeppelin University. He studied political science (with a focus on international relations) and sociology in Bonn, Frankfurt, and Aberystwyth and submitted his Ph.D. at Goethe-University Frankfurt in August 2019.


From 2014 to 2018, he was a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, where he worked in the DFG project “International Norm Disputes: Contestation and Norm Robustness”. In September and October 2018, he was a Visiting Researcher with the International Relations Group at the University of Copenhagen. Before joining Zeppelin University, he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in the research group “Shades of Illegality in International Peace and Security Law”.


In his dissertation “Dynamics of Deviance. Torture and Its Prohibition in World Politics”, he examined the relationship between international law, breaches of norms and norm development. The theoretical framework combines approaches in the sociology of deviance with a practice-based understanding of norms and norm-applying international organisations.


In his postdoc project, Max Lesch researches the development, functioning, and effects of international fact-finding missions in the field of human rights. Moreover, his research interests include the normativity of international practices, the international anti-corruption regime, and law-making in global networks.

Contact details

Max Lesch

Phone: +49 7541 6009-1413
Room: Semi 0.17
Email: max.lesch@zu.de

Lesch, Max

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