Dr Alicia Cour Venning

Department of Law, Queen Mary University London

Mentor: Prof Ratna Kapur

Project title: State violence, rebel governance, and international law’s legitimisation of the criminal sovereign

Alicia is an ESRC Post-doctoral researcher at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), based in QMUL’s School of Law. Alicia’s research interrogates the paradox of armed opposition groups engaging with international humanitarian law, though international law generally serves sovereign interests. Alicia is exploring the ways in which international norms legitimise state violence whilst delegitimising armed and political resistance, including aspects of ‘rebel governance’, which arise directly in response to state criminality.