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Tina Kempin Reuter

Professor; Director, Institute for Human Rights and Social Science and Justice Research This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage Hall 571
(205) 996-2325

Research and Teaching Interests: Human rights, ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, peace studies, international politics/law; geographical focus: Europe, Middle East, and North Africa

Office Hours: By appointment


  • MA, University of Zurich, Switzerland; History, Economic Policy, International Law
  • PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland, International Relations and International Law

Tina Kempin Reuter is the Director of the Institute for Human Rights and the Director of Social Science and Justice Research, a pilot University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center (UWIRC) program. She is also a Professor of human rights, peace studies, and international politics in the UAB Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on human rights with a particular emphasis on the struggle of vulnerable and marginalized populations, including minorities, persons with disabilities, refugees and migrants, women, children, the LGBTQ community, and people dealing with the consequences of poverty. Dr. Kempin Reuter holds a PhD in International Relations and International Law and an MA in Contemporary History, Economics, and International Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 

Kempin Reuter enjoys teaching seminar-style classes using various teaching methods and approaches, ranging from classical classroom teaching to online courses, simulations,  and small group tutoring. She has offered multiple education abroad seminars including trips to Kenya, Switzerland, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and to the Balkans (Kosovo) to study human rights.

Learn more about Dr. Reuter’s research.

Scholars @ UAB Profile

  • Recent Courses
    • PSC 316: Human Rights
  • Select Publications
    • Simulating Peace Negotiations: A Case Study of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Simulation & Gaming 47/5 (2016): 1-19.
    • “The Right to Self-Determination of Ethnic Groups: The Canton of Jura in Switzerland.”International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 23/2 (2016): 250-269.
    • “Including Minority Rights in Peace Agreements: A Benefit or Obstacle to Peace Processes after Ethnic Conflicts?” International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 19/4 (2012): 359-397.
    • Public International Law: Textbook and Tutorial. 2nd edition.  In German: Völkerrecht: Kurz gefasste Darstellung (Repetitorium), Tafeln und Übungen mit LösungenReihe “Repetitorien Recht.” With Michael Frei. Zürich: Orell Füssli, 2012.
    • “Dealing with Claims of Ethnic Minorities in International Law.” Connecticut Journal of International Law 24/II (Spring 2009): 201-237.
    • Ethnic Diversity, International Law, and Conflict Research: A Human Rights Perspective.” InPeacemaker 101: Careers Confronting Conflict, ed. Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, 2007. 193-199.
    • Federalism as a Model for Europe: An Economic Policy Approach to a Constitution for Europe. In German: “Föderalismus als Modell für Europa: Ein technisch-ökonomischer Ansatz im Rahmen des Verfassungsdiskurses.“ In Europäische Verfassung – Verfassungen in Europa, ed. Yvomme Becker et al. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2005. 187-208.
    • “Ethnic Conflict as a Risk to International Security: An International Law Approach.” In Angst und Streben nach Sicherheit in Gesetzgebung und Praxis, Analysen und Perspektiven von Assistierenden des Rechtswissenschaftlichen Instituts der Universität Zürich (APARIUZ), Band VI, ed. Madeleine Camprubi. Zürich: Schulthess, 2004. 135-154.
    • Ready for Peace? The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland 1998-2002Zürcher Beiträge für Sicherheitspolitik und Konfliktforschung, Band 68, ed. Andreas Wenger. Zürich: Forschungsstelle für Sicherheitspolitik, 2003.
  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Societies
    • Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Director (2013-2016)
    • Program in International Conflict Management, Director (2009-2013)
    • Research Award of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland for best dissertation (2007)
    • Distinguished Research Scholarship of the University of Zurich (2005-2007)

    Professional memberships:

    • American Society for International Law (ASIL)
    • European Society for International Law (ESIL)
    • American Political Science Association (APSA)
    • International Studies Association (ISA)
    • Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)