Mareike Riedel was a member of the Law & Anthropology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany before joining RegNet.
She studied law, linguistics, literature and journalism in Leipzig, Lyon and Jerusalem with a focus on legal history, human rights, and interdisciplinary research in law. During her studies Mareike has worked with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, the Israel Democracy Institute and as an intern for the German mission to the United Nations in New York. She is an editor for the Völkerrechtsblog, a blog on public international law.
Mareike’s PhD research is concerned with the impact of identity discourses and politics on the protection and regulation of religious minorities. In her study she will examine this interaction through the experience of Jewish communities within two liberal legal systems - Germany and Australia - in conflicts regarding the use of public space and modifications of the body.
Through two case studies, the establishment of a religious structure called an eruv in Sydney’s public urban space, and the implementation of legislation regulating male circumcision in Germany, Mareike will explore how the parties and decision makers constructed and contested the legal meaning of notions such as body, public space, and religion against the backdrop of broader discourses on secularism, multiculturalism and discrimination and how such constructions ultimately defined the legal outcome.
Human rights, public law, legal anthropology, legal language, feminist theory and social theory.