Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Integrative Research Institute Law & Society (LSI)

Valentin Feneberg

Valentin Feneberg
Photo: Rasmus Tanck


Valentin Feneberg studied Political Sciences, Sociology and Philosophy in Munich, Berlin and Oxford. From 2018 to 2019 he was research assistant at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM) in Berlin. Since May 2019 he is research assistant and coordinator at the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society (LSI) at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He works in the field of socio-legal studies, with a focus on asylum adjudication and administrative courts, the investigation and application of Country of Origin Information (COI), poverty as a reason for humanitarian protection, refugee status determination in cases of draft evasion/conscientious objection, as well as on assisted return policies, particularly on the case of Senegal. He is a member of the International Doctoral Programme of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS).


Dissertation: Home of the Others. Country of Origin Information in asylum appeal adjudication in Germany
Key Publications (*Peer-Reviewed):


*Feneberg, Valentin; Gill, Nick; Hoellerer, Nicole; Scheinert, Laura (2022), It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Use It: The Application of Country of Origin Information in Judicial Refugee Status Determination Decisions – A Case Study of Germany, in: International Journal of Refugee Law 2/2022, 241–267.


Feneberg, Valentin (2020): Political persecution in Syria and Eritrea: The use of country knowledge by German courts, Refugee Law Initiative Blog, 15.10.2020.


Olivier-Mensah, Claudia; Duscha, Annemarie; Stier, Julia; Feneberg, Valentin; Jung, Laura; Meier, Brit; Samhammer, David (2020): Developing Lifeworld Oriented Perspectives for Return  Migration. Needs, Vulnerabilities and Support of Refugees in Germany (English short Version).


*Feneberg, Valentin (2019): »Ich zwinge niemanden, freiwillig zurück zu gehen.«  Die institutionelle Umsetzung der Politik der geförderten Rückkehr durch staatliche und nicht-staatliche Akteure [»I don’t force anybody to go back voluntarily.«The Institutional Implementation of Politics of Assisted Return by State andNon-state Actors], in: Zeitschrift für Fluchtforschung (Z’Flucht) 3 (1), S. 1-36.


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