Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Christine Molfenter, Magister, M.A.

Room: SAI R
Tel.: +49 6221 54-
Office Hours: upon request

Research Fields / Interests

  • Human rights, bonded labour, (modern) slavery
  • India, South Asia
  • Comparative Politics
  • Institutions
  • United Nations system
  • Gender studies


  • SS 2015:
    International Relations, International Organizations and Bonded Labour (slavery) in South Asia
  • WS 2013/14:
    "Human Rights, Democracy and the State of India"
  • SS 2013:
    "The state and Public Health in India. Gender, Power and Policy"


  • 2016: Baden-Württemberg Zertifikat für Hochschuldidaktik
  • 2009: Magister (History, Political Science and Political Science of South Asia) University of Tübingen and Heidelberg (Germany)
  • 2010: E.MA (Eurpoean Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratization EIUC (European Interuniversity Center) (Venice, Italy and Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • 2010/11: Internship and employment as technical officer at the ILO (International Labour Organisation), Geneva
  • Since 2012: PhD. Candidate at the University of Heidelberg in Political Science of South Asia, working title of the thesis: "Violation and Protection of Labour Rights and the Role of Law Enforcement Institutions. Labour, State and Politics in South Asian States."


  • Managing Editor for the Journal of International Relations and Development (JIRD)
  • Teamer (freelance) at the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Außenstelle Heidelberg leading simulations of the UN Security Council at schools terre des hommes, AG Heidelberg


  • Molfenter, Christine: Overcoming Bonded Labour and Slavery in South Asia - The Implementation of Anti-Slavery Laws in India since its Abolition until Today, in: Südasien-Chronik, Band 3 - FOKUS: Stadtentwicklung und Urbanisierung/FOCUS: Urban Development and Urbanisation, 3/2013, pp. 358-382. [available at:]
  • Molfenter, Christine: Bonded Child Labour in Pakistan - The state's Responsibility to Protect from an Institutional Perspective, in: Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law, Vol. 5 2/2011, pp. 260-320 [available at:].
  • Molfenter, Christine: Forced Labor and Institutional Change in Contemporary India, pp. 50-70, in: Van der Linden, Marcel & García, Magaly Rodríguez (eds.): On Coerced Labor - Work and Compulsion after Chattel Slavery, Leiden, Bosten (Brill), 2016.
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