Elvina Pothelet is a Teaching Assistant in the LLM programme. In this capacity, she is in charge of the tutorials for the year-long core course in international humanitarian law (IHL) delivered by Professor Marco Sassòli. She is also a PhD candidate at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva. Her doctoral research focuses on the scope of application of IHL and war crime law through the notion of ‘nexus with the armed conflict’.
In 2017–2018, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and a Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow. Previously, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross for three years, as a Legal Adviser and as an Editorial Assistant at the International Review of the Red Cross, as well as for various human rights and humanitarian organizations – including Geneva Call, Human Rights Watch, Diakonia Mali and RADDHO (Senegal).
Elvina was also a course assistant for the University of Geneva and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and she collaborated with the Swiss Federal Department of Defense and a defense team based in The Hague.
Elvina holds an LLM in IHL and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy (2012) and a Master in International Relations from Sciences Po Lille (2011). She is an officer in the reserve of the French Army (legal adviser).