Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Potsdam


Areas of Expertise
International Human Rights Law, International Organizations, UN Human Rights System, International Law, Treaties, Civil Society

Nina Reiners is a political scientist, specialized in International Relations and International Law. Her postdoctoral research project at the University of Potsdam is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and analyses the development of the UN human rights treaty system from a historical-institutionalist perspective. She is associated researcher in the interdisciplinary Berlin Potsdam research group “The International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline?”.

Nina received her Dr. rer. pol. from the University of Potsdam in 2017 (“summa cum laude”). Research for her dissertation on “Transnational Lawmaking Coalitions for Human Rights” shed light on decision-making processes in the UN human rights treaty bodies and contributed to a better understanding of how human rights standards are shaped and by whom.

Prior to her postdoctoral project, she worked as a research fellow at the Chair of International Politics in Potsdam, was a visiting scholar at the University of San Diego and had several research stays with the United Nations in Geneva. Nina studied Political Science, English Literature, and Public Law in Giessen and Madrid.