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Janne Mende is a post-doctoral researcher at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (University of Kassel). Her current research focuses on the relevance of non-state actors for the violation and protection of human rights and the meanings of private authority in the context of globalization and global governance.

Janne Mende holds a PhD in Politics (University of Giessen) and a Magister Artium in Politics, Anthropology and Psychology (Free University Berlin). Throughout 2013-2014, she was a lecturer for ‘Globalization & Politics’ and ‘International Relations’ at the University of Kassel. Before, she has taught at the University of Giessen and Free University Berlin. From 10/2010 to 10/2013, she conducted her PhD research on collective human rights, concentrating on scope and meanings of identity, culture and indigeneity. The PhD was DFG-funded via the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (University of Giessen). A previous study on universalism, cultural relativism and female genital mutilation/cutting was published in 2011.

Janne Mende has held visiting positions at the Research Centre Human Rights (University of Vienna), the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (University of Nottingham) and the New School for Social Research (New School, New York).

Research Areas: Human Rights, Business and Human Rights, Globalization and Transnationalization, Global Governance, Non-State Actors, Private Authority, Culture and Cultural Rights, Identity and Difference, Indigenous Rights, Private and Public Sphere, Gender, International Political Theory, Modern Slavery


Master’s-level courses:
Power, rule and authority in times of globalization
Introduction to globalization
Agency in inter- and transnational institutions
Transnational non-state actors and human rights: Theories and evidence
Internationale Organisationen: Politikfelder und Entscheidungsprozesse
Indigenous rights and wrongs
Gender und Ethnizität in der Transitional Justice
Indigenität in lokaler und globaler Perspektive

Bachelor’s-level courses:
Die Entstehung transnationaler Normen
Internationale politische Theorie
Global Governance: Ordnung oder Fairness?
Transnationale Rechte: Schutz, Verletzung und Verantwortung
Individuum, Gesellschaft und Gruppe als politikwissenschaftliche Konzepte
Einführung in die Transitional Justice
Menschenrechte: International, transnational, lokal
Internationale Menschenrechte: Dimensionen, Kritiken und Begründungen
Menschenrechte: Universell und unteilbar?
Propädeutikum: Einführung in politikwissenschaftliches Arbeiten
Politische Erwachsenenbildung zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit