Winners of the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant

Ari Kohen is Schlesinger Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 from Duke University. His research interests include contemporary political theory, human rights, ethnic conflict, and restorative justice. Kohen is author of In Defense of Human Rights, published in Spring 2007. His articles have appeared recently in Human Rights Review (2005, 2010), the Journal of Human Rights (2006), and the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2009). In 2006, he was awarded the Irmgard Coninx Foundation Research Grant which included three months of study in Germany where he worked on a new book-length project, The Moral Hero and the Mortal Hero. He is currently finishing that project, while also working on articles on transitional and international justice.

John Morijn currently works with the Dutch Ministry of the Interior's Constitutional Affairs Department, where he gives advice on human rights issues. He also teaches human rights law at Groningen University Law School. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His thesis studied the tension between WTO-governed trade in educational and cultural services and goods and perceiving access to culture and educations as human rights issues. The submission for the Irmgard Coninx Stiftung served as one of the building blocks for the analysis.

Lea Ypi is currently a Post-Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, having earned her doctoral degree at the European University Institute, Florence, and having graduated in Philosophy and in Literature at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She spent six months at the Irmgard Coninx Stiftung, where she completed her doctoral dissertation entitled Statist Cosmopolitanism and wrote a paper on Kant, subsequently published in Kantian Review. She is interested in normative theories of justice and political obligation, the history of political thought (especially Kant) and the intellectual history of the Balkans (especially Albania).