Katrin Kinzelbach

Katrin Kinzelbach
Address: Global Public Policy Institute
Reinhardtstraße 15
10117 Berlin
E-Mail: kkinzelbach@gppi.net
Telephone: +49 30 275 959 750


The EU’s Human Rights Dialogues: Constructive Engagement or Failure?

As a ‘general objective’, human rights are at the core of the CFSP. However, there is so far little case research on how the EU implements this normative goal in practice. The project documents and assesses the EU’s policy on human rights dialogues, a little-studied instrument that was specifically designed as an alternative to confrontational measures such as sanctions and demarches. Specifically, the project includes two main components: a)a review of the 2001 Guidelines on Human Rights Dialogues and of their implementation; and b)one detailed case study on the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue. The case of China is chosen for the detailed case study firstly because it is the oldest EU human rights dialogue and secondly because China is commonly considered a litmus test for governments’ willingness to protect and promote human rights. Given the confidential nature of the EU’ human rights dialogues, non-attributable expert interviews are central to the research methodology. The project is based at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights in Vienna.




Katrin Kinzelbach is a postdoc fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she works in the Rising Powers and Global Governance program. She is currently researching China’s influence on the international human rights regime.

During her participation in the EFSPS-programme, Katrin was based at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. Prior to that, Katrin was a project manager at the UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava (2005-2007), working on democratic governance and security sector reform. She also served as a program specialist at the UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in New York (2002-2004), and from 2001–2002 she was assigned to the UNDP’s Afghanistan Task Force. Before the UNDP, Katrin worked on a short-term assignment for the UNHCR in 2000 and as an OSCE election observer in 1998 and 1999.

For her PhD on the EU’s human rights dialogue with China, defended at the University of Vienna in 2010, Katrin won the award Deutscher Studienpreis of the Körber Foundation (first prize in the social sciences, 2011). Katrin further holds an MA in international peace and security from King’s College in London and a Magister/Laurea dual degree jointly awarded by the Universities of Florence and Bonn.

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