Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi LL.M.


  • Department:
    Research Department
  • Main field of interest: Counter-terrorism and international (human rights) law International Humanitarian Law Public International Law


Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi is Researcher in the 'Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law' strand. Her work reflects on counterterrorism and, more precisely, on our evolving legal and policy capacity to deal with security threats, where new forms of non-state transnational risk, counter-risk strategy and technology are in play. Her research interests and expertise are in public international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law and (international and European) criminal law, which altogether allow to explore counterterrorism policies in a comprehensive manner.

Rebecca holds LLM degrees from the European University Institute (in Comparative European and International Laws) and the University of Nanterre (in Human Rights Law). She holds a Master of Laws degree in Criminal Law and a degree in International Criminal Law from the University of Nanterre (Summa Cum Laude). She is currently finalizing her doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute.

Prior to entering the European University Institute, she was a Research Assistant in the REGINE research project which introduced feminist legal theory in French legal research, as well as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research, the French Ministry of Defense’s research center, which awarded her a Research Excellence Prize.

Rebecca has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Comparative Constitutional Law and International Humanitarian Law at SciencesPo Paris, and in International Human Rights Law, Criminal Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Nanterre. In the context of her dissertation, Rebecca spent one semester at Columbia Law School as Visiting Scholar of the Human Rights Institute. For a year, she was also Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Legal Studies and for the past three years, she has been a Project Collaborator with the ERC Advanced Grant-funded project, “The Individualization of War”.


Selected publications

"Proportionality and the Individualization of War”, co-authored with Nehal Bhuta, forthcoming in collected volume in honour of Philip Alston, 2020

“Drone Programs, the Individualization of War and the Ad Bellum Principle of Proportionality”, in Lieber Series Vol. 4, Claus Kress & Robert Lawless eds., forthcoming Oxford University Press 2019  

“Nouvelles formes de participation aux combats”, in Sandra Szurek, Marina Eudes, Philippe Ryfman, eds., Droit et pratique de l’action humanitaire, Editions LGDJ, Lextenso, Nov 2019

“On the illegality of the Turkish offensive in Syria”, 10 October 2019, Asser Blog Post,

“Will the War on Terror Ever End? ”, La Revue des droits de l’homme, Actualités Droits-Libertés, mis en ligne le 10 mars 2019, consulté le 13 mars 2019. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/revdh.6269