DPhil (Oxon) MSt (Oxon) Lic.phil.
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow in History

Academic Background

I studied history, constitutional law, and English literature at the University of Berne (Switzerland), where I obtained a Licentiata Philosophiae in 2004. After my studies I worked as a teaching and research assistant in Modern History. In 2007 I was awarded a Greendale Scholarship from Merton College to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford. In 2008 I obtained a MSt in Historical Research and in 2013 a DPhil in History. Since then I have worked as a Brandon Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and I am affiliated with the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford. In 2014 I was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and I joined Jesus College as a Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow. For the academic year of 2015/16, I was awarded a Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work at the Centre de droit international at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Undergraduate Teaching

Modern European History, Modern British History, History of the First World War.

Research Interests

I am interested in the relationship between international law, trade and strategy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have been particularly interested in the role of jurists in international politics, and how law shapes political agendas. In my current postdoctoral research project, funded by the British Academy, I examine how the understanding of a legal international order changed as a result of the First World War, and how an international economic order emerged during the interwar period. 

In 2015 I was awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant to organise an international workshop on "International Law and the First World War. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives". The workshop brought together international lawyers and historians, to discuss the impact of the First World War on the development of international law after 1918. The results will be published in the form of articles in the European Journal of International Law in 2017/18.

More recently I have been engaged in researching and writing more generally about the law of the sea in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


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