Cindy Wittke’s research is situated at the intersections of international law and international politics. In 2017 she became leader of the political science focused junior research group (Nachwuchsgruppe) at the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies. Since 2019 she is also principal investigator of the project “Between Conflict and Cooperation: The Politics of International Law in the post-Soviet Space”. This three-year project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with ca. 400.000 €. From 2014-2017 Cindy Wittke was a senior researcher and lecturer with the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz. Cindy Wittke earned a Magistra Artium (M.A.) in East European Studies (2007) and a Ph.D. in Law (summa cum laude) from the Faculty of Law of the Freie Universität Berlin (2014). Cindy Wittke’s work is based on her interdisciplinary educational background as well as on her previous affiliation with several interdisciplinary research centres. These include Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood at the Freie Universität Berlin (2006-2010); the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge (2009, 2010); and the Centre for Law, Society & Culture at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law (2013-2014).
Cindy Wittke published her research with Europe-Asia Studies, East European Politics, the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, the Cambridge International Law Journal and the Heidelberg Journal of International Law. Her first monograph “Law in the Twilight: International Courts and Tribunals, the Security Council, and the Internationalisation of Peace Agreements between State and Non-State Parties” came out with Cambridge University Press in 2018. Cindy Wittke is also actively involved in knowledge transfer and communication to a decision makers and broader audiences. She is regularly booked for 1:1 conversation during the so-called Leibniz im Bundestag-initiative (Leibniz in the parliament) and interview and discussion partner for media formats.
Cindy Wittke currently works on her second book with the preliminary title “‘Test the West’ – Contested Sovereignties in the Post-Soviet Space”.