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Prof Sharon Weill


Dr. Sharon Weill

Sharon Weill is assistant professor in international law at the American University of Paris/Sciences Po. She is a specialist in international law applicable during times of conflict. Her particular field of interest is the relationship between international and domestic law, the politics of international law, the judicial enforcement mechanism of international law, military justice and counter terrorism.

Her Ph.D "The Role of National Court in Applying International Humanitarian Law" ​(Geneva University) ​was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. She worked for five years as a research fellow at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian and Human Rights law and was a visiting senior researcher fellow at the London School of Economics ("Security in Transition Project" with Prof. Mary Kaldor and Christine Chinkin). In 2015-2016 she did research at the University of California, Berkeley (Postdoc Mobility, SNF) on the military trials in Guantanamo Bay. Currently she is associate researcher at CERI, Sciences-Po Paris and working on counter terrorism in the French legal context. 
She regularly gives seminars for NGOs practitioners and is a legal adviser for different NGOs and UN bodies.

In 2006, ​Sharon made a 52-minute documentary film “Borders”. The film - a road movie in the Mediterranean region (Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and both sides of Cyprus) – deals with friendship, borders, and conflicts. It was aired on the French TV (the parliamentary channel) several times in 2008.


  • Coordinator - Legal Framework of Humanitarian Action week of DAS.

Fields of interest

  • Relationship between international and domestic law
  • Politics of international law
  • Judicial enforcement mechanism of international law
  • Law of military occupation
  • International crimes
  • Counter terrorism

Selected Publications


Book Chapters

  • “Communication with the Outside World,” in A. Clapham, M. Sassoli and P. Gaeta (eds.), A Commentary to the Geneva Conventions (Oxford University Press, 2015). 
  • “The 2014 Gaza War: Reflections on jus ad bellum, jus in bello and accountability,” in A. Bellal (ed.), The War Report 2014 (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • “Governing through Crimes, Political Repression and Military courts” in The Protection of Prisoners and Detainees under International Law (forthcoming).
  • “The Use of Weapons under International Humanitarian Law”, in S. Casey-Maslen (ed), Weapons under International Human Rights Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014), p. 240-280 (with S. Casey-Maslen).
  • “Communication with the Outside World” in A. Clapham, M. Sassoli and P. Gaeta (eds), A Commentary to the Geneva Conventions (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, 2014).
  • “The Investigation Mechanism of Torture Claims in Israel: An Analysis of the 2012 GSS Investigation Decision and the Türkel Report”, in S. Malsen (ed), The War Report (Oxford University Press, 2013), p. 419-438 (with I. Ballas).
  • “The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law: From Apology to Utopia” - Article presented at the 9th annual conference of the Hague Academic Coalition, the International Institute of Social Studies, The Politics of Justice: From a human rights revolution to global justice? To be published in an edited volume (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • “Israel Palestine - International law updates”, in N. Erakat and M. Rabbani (eds) Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures (Washington, Tadween Publishing, 2013).
  • The follow up to the Goldstone report in Israel and beyond” in C. Meloni and G. Tognoni (eds), Is There A Court for Gaza?- A Test Bench for International Justice (Asser/Springer, The Hague, 2012), p. 105-120.
  • “National War Crimes Prosecution in Post-Conflict Era and Pluralism of Jurisdictions: the Experience of the Belgrade War Crimes Chamber” in A. Nollkaemper, C. Ryngaert and E. Kristjánsdóttir (eds.), Importing International Law in Post-Conflict States: The Role of Domestic Courts (Intersentia, Antwerp, 2012), p. 241-268 (with Ivan Jovanovic).
  • “Reframing the Legality of the Israeli Military Courts –Military Occupation or Apartheid?” in A. Baker and A. Matar (eds), Threat - Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel (Pluto Press, London, 2011), p. 136-148.



Press and TV

  • “Ce que change l’adhésion de la Palestine à la Cour pénale internationale, Les incertitudes d'une justice inégalitaire”, Magazine ORIENT XXI, January 2015.
  • “Fausse impartialité de la Haute Cour de justice israélienne, La Légitimation du Mur”, Magazine ORIENT XXI, July 2014
  • Israël, le tribunal Russell contre l’impunité”, Le blog du Monde Diplomatique, January 2013
  • La Cour pénale internationale en question”, Le blog du Monde Diplomatique, August 2011
  • “De Gaza à Madrid, l’assassinat ciblé de Salah Shehadeh”, Le Monde Diplomatique, September 2009
  • Borders, Documentary film, 52 minutes – Available at the médiathèque of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Genève. The film was aired several times on the French TV Channel Public Senat (La chaîne parlementaire) in August 2008.