Dr Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi (@RMignotMahdavi) is Lecturer in International Law and Security at the University of Manchester and the Public International Law / International Law & Security LLMs/MA Programme Director. Since 2020, Rebecca is the Managing Editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law and a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. 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.
Rebecca holds a PhD from the European University Institute and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Her dissertation, entitled “Drone Programs: A Techno-Legal Machinery”, concerned how law, technology and military strategy reshape one another by looking at the extraterritorial use of armed drones against transnational terrorist networks. In the context of her dissertation, Rebecca spent one semester at Columbia Law School as Visiting Scholar of the Human Rights Institute and was a Project Collaborator with the ERC Advanced Grant-funded project, “The Individualization of War”.