Christoph Sperfeldt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Academic Convenor of the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative. He came to the issue of statelessness from a bottom-up perspective, examining the development and peace implications resulting from the marginalisation of minorities and other populations.
Christoph pursues interdisciplinary research interests in areas of human rights and justice, including statelessness and legal identity, international and regional human rights protection regimes, and transitional and international criminal justice (with an emphasis on reparations). He has studied these issues particularly in a context of peacebuilding and development cooperation, with a geographical focus on Southeast Asia.
Christoph holds a PhD from the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, and an Adjunct Professor at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Christoph was a University Fellow at Charles Darwin Unity and has held visiting positions at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the University of Copenhagen, the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) at Tilburg University, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) at KU Leuven, the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Stanford University. He has published widely in the field of human rights and transitional justice.
Christoph brings to his role at the Centre more than ten years of experience in working on human rights, statelessness and transitional justice, predominantly in Southeast Asia. He was Deputy Director at the Asian International Justice Initiative, a joint program of the East-West Center and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, where he supported human rights and rule of law capacity development in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Christoph was Senior Advisor with the German development agency (GIZ) in Cambodia. In this capacity, he advised the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee and the Victims Support Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Christoph has also worked as a consultant on numerous human rights-related projects.
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Minorities and Statelessness: Social Exclusion and Citizenship in Cambodia
Journal article | 2020 | International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
More than 75 per cent of the world’s known stateless belong to minorities. Building upon ethnographic research conducted between 2..
"The Frontline Troops of Human Rights": Fifteen Years of UN Human Rights Presence through Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-2008)
Book Chapter | 2019
Klaus Dicke's early research shows two interconnected concerns: continuous interrogation of the discrepancies between the aspirati..
Cambodians Await Crucial Tribunal Finding into 1970s Brutal Khmer Rouge
Rachel Hughes, Maria Elander, Christoph Sperfeldt
Scholarly Contribution to Database/Website | 2018
A day of judgement is fast approaching for two now-elderly central figures in the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s. But part of the..
Reparations for Victims of Mass Atrocities: Taking the Views of Victims into Account
Journal article | 2018 | Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (ZaöRV) [Heidelberg Journal of International Law]
Reparations have become one of the most important conceptual formulation of a more victim-oriented way of doing justice in the aft..
Achievements and Legacies of the Khmer Rouge Trials: Reflections from Inside the Tribunal
Rachel Hughes, Maria Elander, Christoph Sperfeldt, Helen Jarvis, William Smith, Lyma Nguyen, Wendy Lobwein
Journal article | 2018 | Australian Feminist Law Journal
This article is an edited transcript of a panel discussion that was held in Melbourne in December 2017. The panel comprised four s..
The Trial against Hissène Habré: Networked Justice and Reparations at the Extraordinary African Chambers
Journal article | 2017 | The International Journal of Human Rights
The establishment of the Extraordinary African Chambers to try former Chadian President Hissène Habré has been hailed as a novel f..
International Criminal Justice and Southeast Asia: Approaches to Ending Impunity for Mass Atrocities
E Palmer, C Sperfeldt
Journal article | 2016 | Asia Pacific Issues
© 2016 East-West Center. Nearly 15 years after entry into force, the UN Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has 124 s..
Not Nudging, Embracing: The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration as a Catalyst for Reinforcing A Rights-Based Approach to Constitutionalism
M Staggs Kelsall, Christoph Sperfeldt
Book Chapter | 2014
This publication presents and discusses the initiatives and actions in the field of rule of law and constitution building by regio..
From Cold War to Human Security: The Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Scholarly Contribution to Database/Website | 2014
On 17 February 2014, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) presented..
Victim Participation and Minorities in Internationalised Criminal Trials: Ethnic Vietnamese Civil Parties at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
L Nguyen, Christoph Sperfeldt
Journal article | 2014 | Macquarie Law Journal
In 2010, the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged four senior leaders of..
From the Margins of Internationalized Criminal Justice: Lessons Learned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Journal article | 2013 | Journal of International Criminal Justice
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the second internationalized criminal justice process in southeast ..
Between Ballot Papers and Birth Certificates: Cambodia's Vietnamese Minority still Looking for its Place in Society
Christoph Sperfeldt, Lyma Nguyen
Scholarly Contribution to Database/Website | 2013
Cambodia’s national parliamentary election in July 2013 saw much debate about the place of the country’s ethnic Vietnamese minorit..
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Senior Research Fellow, Statelessness
Doctor of Philosophy
Australian National University
Magister Artium (M.A.)
Friedrich Schiller Universitaet Jena