Dorothea Endres

Dorothéa ENDRES

PhD Researcher in International Law
Research Assistant
Spoken languages
German, French, English, Italian
Areas of expertise
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights (and Business)
  • International Legal Theory
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Europe

PhD Thesis


Title: Does Power Oblige? A conceptual analysis human rights and corporations

PhD Supervisor & Co-supervisor: Nico Krisch and Janne Nijman

Expected completion date: 2023

I demonstrate how human rights law is used as a tool of both domination and resistance in constructing corporations as subjects in international law.




Dorothea is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Lucerne, and a master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of Geneva, and the Swiss Bar Exam (Anwaltspatent). Amongst others, she worked at the European Court of Human Rights, a data protection law firm (Sury, Lucerne), provided legal support for refugees and unducumented persons (Sans Papiers Lucerne),  founded and led the NGO 'Gemeinsam Znacht Luzern' (aimed at facilitating the contact between newly arrived refugees and Lucerne's citizen.), and worked as a research and teaching assistant at the chair of legal sociology at the University of Lucerne.


Academic Work experience


Research Experience

Research Associate at the PATHS of International Law Research Project


Research Interests


  • The Role of Corporations in International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Foucault and International Law
  • Practice Theory
  • Relationship between Global North and Global South
  • Law and Literature
  • Legal Change


Relevant Publications and Works





Swiss Bar Exam