Most of my research is focused on international organizations and international law.

World map showing the regional (lack of) binding anti-corruption agreementsMy main research project (book manuscript under revision) compares the contents and legal design of international anti-corruption agreements. I argue that they are shaped by diffusion processes between international organizations. Yet the agreements vary significantly because member states use them as signals of their commitment to different audiences.

I have conducted a comparative content analysis of all binding anti-corruption agreements adopted by regional organizations and the United Nations. In two detailed case studies based on archival documents and interviews with officials and civil society, I analyze how treaties were drafted in the Organization of American States and the African Union.

In 2017 I have started a new project on the politics of international asset recovery. Here I’m moving the analytical focus from the emergence/legalization phase of international rules towards implementation: Now that rules against grand corruption are in place, to which extent are they implemented? Supported by a startup grant at University of Greifswald, two research assistants and I are currently gathering data based on the World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative.

In addition, I spend time investigating a number of more or less related issues: the evolution of international norms, the present and future of transatlantic relations, the rule of law in post-conflict situations, and  geopolitical forecasting. Please take a look at my publications for more information.