Julia Emtseva
Scholar in Residence

Julia Emtseva is a research fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Julia holds an LL.M. degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame Law School, M.A. in Human Rights and Democratization from the Global Campus of Human Rights Regional Program in the Caucasus, and LL.B. from the American University of Central Asia.

Before starting her doctorate studies, Julia clerked at different national courts in Kyrgyzstan, including the Constitutional Chamber, and worked with various organizations like the American Bar Association, the Ukrainian National Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Her research interests are transitional justice, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, privatization, and the law of international organizations. Julia’s Ph.D. project focuses on the role of the private sector in transitional justice mechanisms, and in particular how organizations, like philanthropic foundations, privately sponsored NGOs, as well as business corporations, are involved (either as financial supporters or administrators) in criminal trials, truth-seeking, and reparation programs. The project looks at this phenomenon from the international legal perspective and explores the issues such as the attribution of responsibility to private actors who are active in public functions, privatization of public functions, and the United Nations regulation of the cooperation with private actors.


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