Areas of Expertise

  • Public international law
  • Climate and international security
  • International peace and security law 
  • Feminist Foreign Policy 
  • Ecocide 


German, English, French, Swedish

Since January 2022, Dana Schirwon has worked as a research fellow at DGAP’s Center for Climate and Foreign Policy where she conducts research on climate and law.

Previously, Schirwon worked as a law clerk, for example in the legal department of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. Before that, she was a research associate at an international law firm in the fields of German and European energy law, international trade, and public international law. From 2016 to 2017, she was a research associate at the Federal State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Schirwon wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne (defence still pending). Her research focused on proportionality as a restrictive requirement of the right of self-defence pursuant to Art. 51 UNC and was funded by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. In 2019, she spent a research stay at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she concentrated on state practice in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. In the same year, she also participated in the PhD program of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Schirwon studied law with a focus on public international law at the University of Cologne and the Uppsala University in Sweden. During her studies, she was a scholar of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

Dana Schirwon