Émilie Max is a researcher in international humanitarian law (IHL) at the Geneva Academy. In addition to organizing the IHL Talks, her research focuses on the intersection between IHL and international human rights law, as well as on the implementation of these legal frameworks. Parallel to her role at the Geneva Academy, she also works as an independent consultant for international NGOs based in the Middle East (Israel and Palestine, Lebanon) and Sweden.
Émilie previously worked for four years as a Legal Officer for the Directorate of International Law of the Swiss Department of Foreign of Affairs, where she focused on IHL and international criminal justice. She was also a teaching assistant to Professor Marco Sassòli at the University of Geneva, assisting with his classes on public international law (BA level) and practice of IHL (MA level).
Émilie holds an LLM from the Geneva Academy, as well as an MA in Middle-Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London, United Kingdom). She is fluent in French, English and German.
This research aims at taking stock of and contributing to a better understanding of the above-mentioned challenges to the principle of universality of human rights while also questioning their validity. It will identify relevant political and legal arguments and develop counter-narratives that could be instrumental to dealing with and/or overcoming the polarization of negotiations processes at the multilateral level.
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Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; Geneva Call
Émilie Max, Clive Baldwin
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
International Committee of the Red Cross