Roland Bank has been working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2005 where he currently is heading the protection unit of the Representation in Germany (Berlin). In the academic year 2012/13 and while on leave from UNHCR, he held the position of a Lecturer in International Human Rights Law and Refugee Law at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. From 2011 to 2014, he taught international human rights and refugee law at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin as a guest lecturer. Before joining UNHCR, he worked as the legal adviser of a German foundation carrying out a world-wide programme of compensatory payments for victims of National Socialist injustice. He held academic positions in various institutions including the Max-Plank-Institute for Comparative Public and Public International Law in Heidelberg, the European University Institute in Florence and the Max-Planck-Institute for International Criminal Law in Freiburg. He studied law in Tübingen and Freiburg and holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg. He has published broadly on international human rights law and refugee law.

Publications/recent projects

  • Die Asylpolitik der Europäischen Union – europäische Antworten auf ein globales Problem?, in: S. Kadelbach, R. Hofmann,  Die Welt und Wir – Aktuelle Fragen der Außenbeziehungen der Europäischen Union,  Nomos, Baden-Baden, forthcoming 2017.
  • Refugee Law Jurisprudence from Germany and Human Rights: Cutting Edge or Chilling Effect?, in: D. Cantor, B. Burson, Human rights and the Refugee Definition – Comparative Legal Practice and Theory, Brill Nijhoff, Leiden, Boston, 2016, 156-189.
  • The Potential and Limitations of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Shaping International Refugee Law, International Journal of Refugee Law (2015) 27 (2), 213-244.
  • Forced Migration in Europe, in: E. Fiddian-Qasimiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long, N. Sigona, The Oxford Handbook on Forced Migration and Refugee Studies, OUP, Oxford 2014, 690-702.