Wiebke Ringel is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany. She is also pursuing a PhD in Heidelberg, under the supervision of em. Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum. Her doctoral thesis focuses on new obligations for state parties regarding the domestic implementation of international human rights treaties in light of recent developments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Prior to joining the Max Planck Foundation, Wiebke served her legal and judicial traineeship (Referendariat) at the High Court of Hamburg, Germany. Her training included stages at a human rights NGO in Berlin, at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and at the Federal Maritime Agency in Hamburg, Germany.
Wiebke studied law at the University of Muenster, Germany (2010) and completed her LLM at the University of Cape Town (2012). Her current research interests include human rights law (in particular the CRPD, domestic implementation of international human rights treaties, positive obligations, equality and non-discrimination), law of treaties and comparative constitutional law.