Sunday, March 25, 2012

Introducing Evelyne Schmid

It's our great pleasure today to welcome Evelyne Schmid (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Evelyne is a Lecturer in Law at Bangor University in Wales and a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Until recently, she was project coordinator of the International Criminal Court Legal Tools Project at TRIAL in Geneva and a researcher for the Truth Commission Digital Collection of the U.S. Institute of Peace.
She earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, and a degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
Evelyne has frequently published on topics in various subfields of international law. Her research project, entitled Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as International and Transnational Crimes, examines whether and to what extent violations of economic, social and cultural rights can overlap with existing definitions of international and transnational crimes. Based on her research findings, her introductory post below responds to an earlier IntLawGrrls post, by Leiden Law Professor Larissa van den Herik, respecting the definintion of genocide and soci0-economic rights.
For her dedication, Evelyne chooses to honor women working in health care during armed conflict or internal strife. An account by the International Committee of the Red Cross details the risks that these health professionals face. (credit for photo below, ©ICRC/J. Mohr /il-d-00089) Evelyne writes:
'Many women around the world take part in efforts to reach and assist those wounded during armed conflict and internal strife. From Libya, where ambulances have been shot at, to Sri Lanka, where hospitals have been shelled, to Bahrain, where doctors were jailed for treating patients, those seeking to provide health care to the wounded, sick or disabled or to civilian victims of a conflict or disaster often risk their life. All too often, they do not get the credit they deserve, whether they are male or female. Instead, they are often the target of deliberate attacks and their work is frequently and intentionally obstructed.'

Heartfelt welcome!

No comments: