Dr Yuna Christine Han is a Fellow in International Relations Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Her research research focuses on the intersection of international law and politics, specifically regarding international criminal justice and human rights prosecutions pertaining to weaker states of the international system. She is interested in understanding the political ramifications of prosecuting individuals for instances of mass violence, such as war crimes or genocide. She also works on the concept of sovereign authority and agency in IR theory, as well as the impact of individualisation of responsibility of violence more broadly in the international system. She has previously conducted research on post-genocide politics in Rwanda.
Dr Han has received her DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government with honours from Harvard University, and a MPhil in Politics from the University of Cambridge.
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.