Dr Pauline Lesaffre

Dr Pauline Lesaffre

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Pauline Lesaffre, Ph.D., is a BAEF Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Belgian American Educational Foundation), a visiting research scholar at the Stockton Center for International Law (U.S. Naval War College) and at the Paul Tsai China Center (Yale Law School). Her primary research focuses on analogies in International Humanitarian Law (IHL). After her research stay in the United States, Pauline Lesaffre will continue her work at the University of Louvain (Belgium) as a FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique – Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research).

Prior to joining the Naval War College and Yale Law School, Pauline was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Louvain and a FNRS Research Fellow (2016-2021). She was also an active member of the Belgian Network of Junior Researchers in International Law. She defended her Ph.D. thesis in September 2021, which examines the challenges of cross-border armed conflicts for IHL, especially for IHL material and personal scopes of application.

Besides her research stay in the United States, Pauline was a Visiting Researcher at the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in 2018 (Switzerland). Moreover, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2022 and will thus undertake a research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany).

Pauline Lesaffre has teaching experience both in Public International Law and IHL, and will soon teach International Criminal Law. She authored a monograph on the right to die in the European Human Rights system and is preparing a second monograph based on her Ph.D. research (both monographs in French with Pedone Publisher). She also (co-)authored various articles and chapters in French and in English. She addresses issues in relation to Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law. Her work has been published in International Law Studies, The Military Law and the Law of War Review and in other journals and collective volumes.

Before her Ph.D., Pauline earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (2013) from the University of Namur (Belgium), a Master’s Degree in Civil and Criminal Law (2015) from the University of Louvain and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (2016) from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France).

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