Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi is a Ph.D. candidate in Law at the European University Institute. Her research focuses on the extraterritorial use of combat drones against non-state actors. She is interested in understanding how and to what extent both the technology and the strategy of drone strikes against non-state actors exacerbate uncertainties in the law. Theoretically, she intends to understand how this legal phenomenon, combined with the technological capacity of drones and its deployment in a new kind of de-territorialised and individualised warfare, amount to an intensification of state power.
Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law and a University Diploma in International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (Diplôme Universitaire Organisations et juridictions pénales internationales) with honours from the Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre (Paris X).
Dr Maja Spanu joined Homerton College at the University of Cambridge as a Junior Research Fellow in International Relations in 2016. Before that, she was a post-doctoral Research Associate within the ERC-funded project “Individualisation of War” at the European University Institute, Italy, whilst teaching at Sciences Po Paris, France. She received her Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in 2015.
Dr Spanu’s primary research interests include historical International Relations (19th and 20th centuries), ideas on international order, empire and civilisational discourses in modern world politics.She also has separate research interests in the history of civilian protection and of individual criminal responsibility in war.