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Julia Emtseva

Research Fellow

emtseva@mpil.de
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-311

Main Fields of Research:

Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; Transitional Justice; International Humanitarian Law

Academic Career:

Since 12/2019 | Research Fellow at the MPIL, PhD Project: Privatized Justice: the Role of the Private Sector in Transitional Justice Processes

01/2022 - present | Scholar in Residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law (New York, NY, USA)

07/2019 - 10/2019 | Research Fellow at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (Berlin, Germany)

08/2018 - 05/2019 | LL.M. in International Human Rights Law (magna cum laude) - University of Notre Dame Law School (IN, USA) 

11/2017 - 06/2018 | Educational Program Coordinator - OPORA RUSSIA (Moscow, Russia)   

03/2017 - 05/2017 | Trainee at the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (Kyiv, Ukraine)

09/2016 - 07/2017 | MA in Human Rights and Democratization (summa cum laude) - Yerevan State University / Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Yerevan, Armenia; Kyiv, Ukraine)

08/2015 - 11/2017 (with interruptions) | Research Assistant at the American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

09/2015 - 02/2016 | Human Rights Monitor at the American Bar Association (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) 

08/2011 - 06/2015 | LL.B. in International and Business Law - American University of Central Asia, (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) 

05/2014 - 07/2014 | Intern at the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

Recent Publications

  • Practicing Reflexivity in International Law: Running a Never-Ending Race to Catch Up with the Western International Lawyers. In: German Law Journal Volume 23 Issue 5, 756 -768 (2022). doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/glj.2022.46. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/...
  • Philanthropic Justice: The Role of Private Foundations in Transitional Justice Processes, ASIL Annual Meeting Washington DC. Volume 115. Cambridge University Press, Proceedings of the ASIL Annual Meeting, 2022, 295-297 p. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/...
  • Destruction and Looting of Cultural Property in Yemen’s Civil War: Legal Implications and Methods of Prevention. In: The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Brill | Nijhoff, Leiden, The Netherlands 2021, 92-110. https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/97890...
  • 'A Human Rights and Rule of Law Assessment of Legislative and Regulatory Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic across 27 Jurisdictions: Kyrgyzstan'. In: The Bonavero Report Series: Report 7/2020. University of Oxford, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford, UK 2020, 279-315. https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxl...

Blogposts

Working Papers

Media

    Völkerrechtspodcast

    Krieg in der Ukraine: Das Völkerrecht unter Beschuss

    University of Oxford: Public International Law Part III

    Diversity Issues in International Legal Academia and Practice
    ASIL Annual Meeting 2021: New Voices Discussion

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    Transition without Justice? The current developments in Afghanistan

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Presentations

14 Jun 2022

Privatized Justice: The Role of the Private Sector in Transitional Justice

Intensive Doctoral Week 2022

Sciences Po, Paris, France

08 Jun 2022

Symposium on Early Career International Law Academia - Closing Panel Discussion

New Professionals Interest Group of ASIL

06 Jun 2022

Careers in International Law

Public International Law Group Discussion Series

Jindal Global Law School, India

07 Apr 2022

Philanthropic Community and its Influence on International Law

Where’s the Community? Contours, Place and Role of Communities in International Law and Participatory Governance

American Society of International Law Annual Meeting 2022, Washington DC, USA

28 Mar 2022

Caring In and About: A Conversation on Being Raced, Gendered or Othered in Academia

International Studies Association Annual Convention

Nashville, TN, USA

25 Mar 2022

Trial brokers: The role of private actors in international criminal justice

Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Workshop

New York University School of Law, New York, USA

21 Mar 2022

The Collective Security Treaty Organization: Russian Troops in Kazakhstan

Jindal Society of International Law

Jindal Global Law School, India

13 Nov 2021

Philanthropic Justice

American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting 2021

online

09 Nov 2021

Privatized Justice: The Role of The Private Sector in Transitional Justice Processes

Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg, Germany

04 Nov 2021

The Role of Private Actors in International Criminal Justice

Power and Brokerage in International Criminal Justice Conference at iCourts, University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

03 Nov 2021

Private Actors in Transitional Justice

Public International Law Guest Lecture Series at Lund University

Lund, Sweden

14 Oct 2021

Diversity Issues in International Legal Academia and Practice

Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

06 Oct 2021

Practicing Reflexivity in International Law

Global Legal Studies Reading Group

Birmingham Law School, Birmingham, UK

21 Sep 2021

Transition Without Justice? The Current Developments in Afghanistan

Fall 2021 Conflict Series Co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU's School for Professional Studies, The Program in International Relations at NYU's GSAS, the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner

New York University, NY, USA

06 Sep 2021

Transition without justice? The current developments in Afghanistan

MPIL Monday Meeting

Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg, Germany

16 Jun 2021

The Role of Private Actors in Transitional Justice Processes

Online Conference: The Scripts and Settings of Transitional Justice: Procedure, Protocol and Form

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

02 Jun 2021

The role of the private sector in transitional justice processes

Guest lecture

International University in Geneva

03 May 2021

Responding to the Alleged Genocide against Uighurs: Sanctions, Accountability Avenues, and Social Responsibility

MPIL Monday Meeting

Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg, Germany

26 Mar 2021

Philanthropic Justice

Reframing International Legal Inquiries: New Voices Discussion at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

Washington D.C. (held online)

08 Feb 2021

Practicing Reflexivity in International Law: Running a Never-Ending Race to Catch Up with the Western International Lawyers

European University Institute Doctoral Forum

Florence, Italy

13 Dec 2020

Young scholars' reflections: ILA Biennial Conference 2020 Closing Ceremony

Kyoto, Japan

07 Dec 2020

Interpretation of treaties: soft laws

International Law Association Biennial Conference

Kyoto, Japan

07 Sep 2020

Belarus: Current Developments

MPIL Monday Meeting with Florian Kriener

Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg, Germany

18 May 2020

Transitional Justice in the International Arena: Challenges, risks, and lessons learned at the UNSC Open Debate

MPIL Monday Meeting

Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg, Germany

04 May 2020

“Not the hero victims deserve, but the one they need right now.” Germany as a global watchdog over justice?

MPIL Monday Meeting

Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law, Heidelberg, Germany

14 Feb 2020

Destruction and Looting of Cultural Property in Yemen’s Civil War: Legal Implications and Methods of Prevention

British Institute for International and Comparative Law

London, UK

21 Nov 2019

Building Sustainable Peace and Development After Massive Human Rights Violations: Redressing Female and Child Victims in The Gambia

XIIth International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law

Yerevan, Armenia

02 May 2019

Country Assessment for the Kyrgyz Republic: Fair Trial Standards and Meaning in Local Context

ASN World Convention

Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

15 Mar 2019

The Gambian Transition to Justice: Prosecuting Yahya Jammeh

Student Peace Conference, Notre Dame, IN, USA

18 Oct 2018

Fair Trial Rights in the Kyrgyz Republic

Central Eurasian Studies Society 19th Annual Conference

University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

19 Oct 2017

The relationship between the fundamental guarantees contained in the Additional Protocols to Geneva Conventions and International Human Rights Law

Xth International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law

Yerevan, Armenia

Teaching

Fall 2017

International Humanitarian Law

American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Public Hearing for 170 Period of Sessions: Situation of human rights defenders of migrants in the United States, Washington DC, USA, 05.12.2018

Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies orginized by the University of Georgia and the University of Notre Dame, Berlin, Germany, 03.06.2019 - 09.06.2019

Honours

2020: Top young scholar at the Biannual Conference of the International Law Association (Kyoto, Japan)

2018-2019 University of Notre Dame LL.M. Full Scholarship

2016-2017 Global Campus of Human Rights M.A. Full Scholarship

Memberships

International Law Association (German Branch)

European Society of International Law

American Society of International Law

International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (Member of the Board of Directors)

International Studies Association

Miscellaneous

Languages

Russian (native), English (C2), German (C1), Kyrgyz (C1), Ukrainian (C1), French (B1)

External PhD Representative at the Max Planck Society, 2020-2021

Professional Development

Training program for young advocates of the Kyrgyz Republic, "Effective Protection of Human Rights and Conflict Resolution", UNDP, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (September 2015 – December 2015) 

Seminar for legal practitioners “EU Disability Law and the UNCRPD Legal capacity of persons with disabilities”, European Law Academy, Trier, Germany (16-17 September 2019)