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Tina Kempin Reuter

Professor and Director, Institute for Human Rights 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 only


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

Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter is the Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Professor of human rights, peace studies, and international politics in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration and the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on human rights, ethnic conflict and genocide studies, and conflict management and peace making with a geographical focus on Europe and the Middle East. Before joining UAB, she was the Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and Associate Professor of international and comparative politics at Christopher Newport University. She was formerly associated with the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Public International Law at the University of Zurich, and the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. 

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. She is the author of numerous publications in her field and has been awarded multiple prizes and grants to expand her research and teaching. She is a native of Switzerland and speaks multiple languages.

She 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 Switzerland, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and the Balkans (Kosovo) to study human rights.

  • Recent Courses
    • PSC 316: Human Rights
    • PSC 395: The Politics of the Middle East and North Africa (Upcoming)
  • Select Publications
    • Derrick L. Cogburn and Tina Kempin Reuter, eds., Making Disability Rights Real in South East Asia: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN (Lexington Books, 2017).
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, "CRPD Implementation in ASEAN: Implications for Human Rights," in Making the Disability Rights Real in South East Asia: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN, Derrick L. Cogburn and Tina Kempin Reuter, eds. (Lexington Books, 2017), 221-57.
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, "Simulating Peace Negotiations: A Case Study of the Arab-Israeli Conflict," Simulation & Gaming 47 (No. 5, 2016):1-19.
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, "The Rights to Self-Determination of Ethnic Groups: The Canton of Jura in Switzerland," International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 23 (No. 2, 2016):250-69.
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, "Including Minority Rights in Peace Agreements: A Benefit or Obstacle to Peace Processes after Ethnic Conflicts?" International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 19 (No. 4, 2012):359-97.
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, "Dealing with Claims of Ethnic Minorities in International Law," Connecticut Journal of International Law 24 (No. 2, Spring 2009):201-37.
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, "Ethnic Diversity, International Law, and Conflict Research: A Human Rights Perspective," in Peacemaker 101: Careers Confronting Conflict, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, ed. (University of Pennsylvania, 2007), 193-99.
    • Tina Kempin Reuter and Martin Eckner, eds., "Recht des StärkerenRecht des Schwächeren, Analysen und Perspektiven von Assistierenden des Rechtswissenschaftlichen Instituts der Universität Zürich (APARIUZ), Band VII." (Schulthess, 2005). (Law of the Stronger – Law of the Weaker)
    • Tina Kempin Reuter, Ready for Peace? The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland 1998-2002. Zürcher Beiträge für Sicherheitspolitik und Konfliktforschung, Band 68, ed. Andreas Wenger. (Forschungsstelle für Sicherheitspolitik, 2003).
  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships
    • Institute for Human Rights, UAB Director
    • Christopher Newport University, Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Director (2013-2016)
    • Christopher Newport University, 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)
    • 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)
  • Student Groups
    • Students for Human Rights