Émilie Max

Émilie Max

Researcher

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  International Criminal Justice  /  Implementation of International Humanitarian Law  /  Middle-Eastern Studies

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.

Research Projects

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Project

The Universality of Human Rights: Developing Narratives to Help Overcome Polarization

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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On the screen, on the screen is Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), briefing the Security Council on the 70th Anniversary of Geneva Conventions. Project

International Humanitarian Law and the United Nations Security Council

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A session of the UN Human Rights Committtee at Palais Wilson Project

Implementing International Humanitarian Law Through Human Rights Mechanisms

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.

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Past projects

RESEARCH

Human Rights Responsibilities and Armed Non-State Actors

Completed in 1 March 2021

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Publications

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The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

October 2021

Émilie Max

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; Geneva Call

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Human Rights Watch Responds: Reflections on Apartheid and Persecution in International Law

July 2021

Émilie Max, Clive Baldwin

EJIL: Talk!

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Room for Manoeuvre? Promoting International Humanitarian Law and Accountability While at the United Nations Security Council: A Reflection on the Role of Elected Members

October 2020

Émilie Max

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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Implementing International Humanitarian Law Through Human Rights Mechanisms: Opportunity Or Utopia?

October 2019

Émilie Max

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

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The Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 17 December 2014 and the duty to ensure respect for international humanitarian law

December 2015

Émilie Max

International Committee of the Red Cross

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