Dr. Alexander Schwarz is a German human rights lawyer and deputy program director of ECCHR’s International Crimes and Accountability Program. Alexander studied law and philosophy in Heidelberg and Santiago de Chile. He worked at the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg and was an Associated Professor in Law at the Institute for International Law at Leipzig University. He completed his PhD at the Institute of International Criminal Law of Göttingen University about Sexualized and gender-based violence before the International Court. After his legal clerkship, he supported universal jurisdiction cases before German courts with a focus on sexualized and gender-based violence. Prior to joining ECCHR, he worked as Senior Legal Advisor for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Tunis.
Since October 2023, he has been working at ECCHR as Deputy Program Director in the International Crimes and Legal Accountability team, accompanying work on human rights crimes in Libya, supporting legal interventions by individuals and investigating the impact of forced returns on the human rights of migrants.