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. 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).
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.
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.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
International Committee of the Red Cross