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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Benedikt Buechel

Benedikt Buechel
Benedikt Buechel
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Political Theory, The Ethics of Migration, Statelessness, Human Rights, Sovereignty, Territorial Rights, Self-Determination, Liberation Theology, Radical Education, Radical Pedagogy, Black Radical Thought, Feminist Theory


Research project:

Most theories of territory are build around a triangular relationship between a land, the state that occupies it, and the people who live from its fruits. However, these theories have two shortcomings: first, they rarely transgress the Western conceptualization of land and land-ownership, and second, they neglect the problem of statelessness. This thesis project will address both shortcomings and develop a theory of territory that takes them as a starting point.

Before starting my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, I took an MA in International Studies at Seoul National University, and a BA in Philosophy and Business Studies at the University of Mannheim. I was an exchange student at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in 2012.  Since 2019, I've been an associate member of the “European Network on Statelessness” and a co-chair of the “Normative Theory of Immigration Working Group” which is an international collective of scholars working at the intersections of migration studies, policy studies, and political theory.


‘Beyond the State: The Moral Nexus between Corporations and Refugees’
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (forthcoming)

(2017) A Presumptive Right to Exclude: From Imposed Obligations To A Viable Threshold, Global Politics Review, vol. 3, issue 1.

(2014) Liberal Japan needs to drown out revisionist voices, East Asia Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University