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Dr Rebecca Sutton has joined GCILS in December 2021, as Senior Lecturer in International Law, teaching the Law of Armed Conflict and engaging with the new ILGSPD Erasmus programme. Previously, Rebecca was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at Edinburgh Law School, a post-doctoral researcher on the ERC-funded ‘Individualization of War’ project at the University of Oxford, and a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University. Rebecca received her PhD in Law in 2018 from the London School of Economics, where she was a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation scholar and a SSHRC doctoral scholar. She holds a JD and a Certificate in Aboriginal Legal Studies from the University of Toronto, and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London. Rebecca is licensed to practice law as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario, Canada. Rebecca’s current research agenda explores the role of emotions in International Humanitarian Law (IHL); frontline humanitarian negotiations; innovations in IHL pedagogy; and ‘participatory action research’ methodologies for working with displaced youth. Her first monograph, The Humanitarian Civilian: How the Idea of Distinction Circulates Within and Beyond IHL, was published by OUP in 2021.


The Humanitarian Civilian: How the Idea of Distinction Circulates Within and Beyond IHL

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Uses real-world examples and quotes from qualitative research to show how problems of distinction play out in practice Provides innovative, empirical analysis of how distinction operates for humanitarian actors Examines training in detail, to help readers understand how legal rules travel outside of law books to civil-military training spaces

monograph, OUP 2021

ISBN: 9780198863816