Christian Pogies

Doctoral Student

Main Focus

  • History and normative foundations of the modern law of the sea (UNCLOS)
  • Processes of norm-genesis in international law
  • Comparative international law
  • Historical international relations


Glocalising Normativities

Thomas Duve, Luisa Stella Coutinho, Rômulo da Silva Ehalt, Fupeng Li, Raquel R. Sirotti, Luca Alexander von Bogdandy, Karolyne Mendes Mendonça Moreira, Haochen Ku, Mauro Armando Adelino Manhanguele, Karoline Marques Machado, Vanessa Massuchetto, Sandra Michelle Röseler, Julia Hütten, Christian Pogies more

Curriculum Vitae

Christian Pogies is a doctoral student at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and a member of the research field Knowledge of the Production of Normativity, the joint project Glocalising Normativities as well as the working group Regime Theory at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory. His research focuses on the intersection of the law of the sea (UNCLOS), methods of global legal history, historical international relations and comparative international law. He is a member of the editorial team of the Völkerrechtsblog.

He is a graduate of the MA programme 'International Studies / Peace and Conflict Research' (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and Technische Universität Darmstadt), with a specialisation in 'Globalisation and Law'. Drawing on contestation theory, his MA thesis examined process of norm building in the so-called ‘battle of the books’ between the proponents of the concepts of mare clausum and mare liberum, respectively. He holds a BA in political science with an emphasis on sociology of law from the Philipps-Universität Marburg and studied history at Universität Kiel.

Selected Publications

Pogies, C.: The Cannon. A Tool for Delimiting Maritime Space [Legal History Insights. 14.06.2021]. (2021)
Pogies, C.: Oceans of Cynicism? Norm-Genesis, Lawfare and the South China Sea Arbitration Case. In: Cynical International Law? Abuse and Circumvention in Public International and European Law, pp. 143 - 162 (Eds. Baade, B.; Burchardt, D.; Feihle, P.; Köppen, A.; Mührel, L. et al.). Springer, Berlin (2021)
Pogies, C.: UNCLOS and the South China Sea Arbitration: Into Lawfare’s Abyss? Asien. The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 143, pp. 93 - 105 (2017)

Selected Presentations and Lectures

Invited Speaker on 'Martti Koskenniemi (2021): To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth: Legal Imagination and International Power, 1300–1870 (Cambridge University Press)', presentation at book launch event with Martti Koskenniemi & Hendrik Simon, organised by the Jindal Society of International Law [available on Völkerrechtsblog]

‘A Sea Change? Regimes of Normativity, IL and IR interdependencies’, German Political Science Association Conference 2021

‘The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Rule of Law in Troubled Waters’, Indian Navy's Long Duration Course on Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, organised by Gujarat National Law University

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