Prior to joining the VU in 2017 as Research Fellow, Jessica Elias pursued two internships at the international tribunals and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Her previous work had involved humanitarian and developmental work in Beirut by working with Oxfam Great Britain, interning with The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and volunteering with the Lebanese Red Cross. Jessica moreover holds qualifications from the University of Kent, the American University of Beirut, Lebanese University, Sciences Po Paris and Georgetown University.
Upon the publication of her forthcoming research on the political aspect of the legal standard applied for the proof of death at The Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Jessica will be giving guest lectures for LLM students and staff about this research. She intends to capitalise on this teaching experience throughout the one-year PhD training programme at VU by coaching LLM students in international moot court competitions. Her PhD thesis addresses the legal principle of self-determination as an effect of the Global War on Terror, specifically in the Syrian case study. Broader research interests include Legitimacy, self-determination as a legal principle, The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Public International Law.
The Kent Student Law Review, “The Legitimacy Paralysis of a Special Tribunal for Lebanon” (forthcoming).
Global Arts and Politics Alliance, “Hysterical Deleuze: From Auto-scopia to Becoming Woman” (Spring 2018).