ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Malika Mansouri

Associate Fellow

FotoFaculty of Law,
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: malika.mansouri@uni-bielefeld.de


Malika Mansouri is a legal scholar with focus on equality and human rights. Since 2017 she is a member of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1288: Practices of Comparing and since 11/2015 at the Faculty of Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law, German and International Social Law, Comparative Law) at the Bielefeld University. Previous to that she worked as a lawyer with focus on human rights and social rights. She is an associate member of the Graduate School in History and Sociology Bielefeld. In her PhD she investigates the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (short: ICERD). Her current main research interests are Human Rights and Social Rights in Migration, Racism and the Law, Critical legal theory, Critical race theory, Post-Colonial Theory.

Current Main Research Interests

In my PhD I am investigating the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (short: ICERD). ICERD is a convention adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1965 and entered into force on January 4, 1969, with the aim of eliminating racism in all its forms. 178 countries have ratified the convention and it is applied worldwide. I am examining the Convention from four perspectives: The focus is on a legal-dogmatic approach and thus on the interpretation and application of the norms of the Convention. One focus is on the question on the construction of "race" and "racial" discrimination as legal terms. The Convention does not speak of racism and uses only "race" and "racial" discrimination but defines only "racial" discrimination. In a second part, I compare ICERD with other norms against racial discrimination (European Convention on Human Rights, the German Basic Law and the General Equal Treatment Act). On the basis of this, I ask thirdly, what practices are used in general to deconstruct or reconstruct racial discrimination and what role comparing plays as a practice in particular. Finally, the results of the previous analysis will be appreciated from a perspective critical of racism.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Castro Varela / Mansouri, Das Erbe kritisch betrachten (A critical view of the heritage). In: Darkow, Jekaterina/ Harbou, Frederik von (Hg.): Philosophie des Migrationsrechts. Tübingen 2020 (291-316) Siebeck, 2020.