Dr IRENE COUZIGOU

Dr IRENE COUZIGOU

Senior Lecturer

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Dr IRENE COUZIGOU
Dr IRENE COUZIGOU

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The University of Aberdeen C46E Taylor Building Law School University of Aberdeen High Street AB24 3UB Aberdeen

Biography

Dr. Couzigou researches in the field of general Public International Law, including International Human Rights Law. She has published extensively, including a 732 page book published with Bruylant on The Evolution of the International Status of Germany since 1945. Her current research deals with International Peace and Security, especially the evolution of International Law on the Use of Force, and emerging International Law on Cyber Security. Another current research interest lies in the Law of International Organisations, in particular in the responsability of international organisations in relation to respect for human rights. Having been trained up to her doctoral degree at the University of Paris II, Dr. Couzigou keeps a strong interest in French Public Law, especially in direct and local governance.

Dr. Couzigou is a member of the interdisciplinary Cyberterrorism Project (www.cyberterrorism-project.org). She advised the Scottish government on its cyber resilience strategy, as well as the United Arab Emirates and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on the use of the Internet by terrorists. Furthermore, she is a rapporteur for the Oxford University Press database on the Law of International Organizations (http://opil.ouplaw.com/home/OXIO). She serves as a monograph and textbook reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Routledge.

Dr. Couzigou teaches predominantly in her area of research, namely general and specialised courses in general Public International Law, including International Human Rights Law, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr. Couzigou also teaches French Law. Furthermore, she leads the LLM in Public International Law, the LLM in International Law and International Relations, and the LLM in International Law and Strategic Studies. Dr. Couzigou convenes the Research Seminar Series of the Law School and serves as the main point of contact for visiting scholars and honorary staff.

Before coming to Aberdeen, Dr. Couzigou researched and taught at the University of Paris II (France), the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and the University of Mannheim (Germany). Dr. Couzigou was a Research Fellow of the University of Paris II, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative Law and International Law for more than six years. She also held a research fellowship from the Hague Academy of International Law and in Sciences Po Paris. She can read, speak, and write at academic level in English, French, and German.

Research

Research Interests

 

PUBLICATIONS

Book:

L’évolution du statut international de l’Allemagne depuis 1945 (The Evolution of the International Status of Germany since 1945), Bruxelles, Editions Bruylant, 2011, 732pp.                                                                                                                           

Refereed Articles:

  • ‘Le respect des droits de l’homme dans les actions du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies’ (‘Respect for Human Rights in the Conduct of the United Nations Security Council’), Civitas Europa, 2018, pp. 67-92.
  •  ‘Securing Cyber Space: The Obligation of States to Prevent Harmful International Cyber Operations’, International Review of Law, Computer & Technology, 2018/1, pp. 37-57
  • Headnote, ‘United Nations Security Council Resolution 2253 (2015) on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, 17th December 2015 (UN Doc S/RES/2253/2015)’, 4 July 2017, Oxford International Organization 103
  • Headnote, ‘United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 (2015) on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, 20th November 2015 (UN Doc S/RES/2249/2015)’, 20 July 2016, Oxford International Organization 54
  • ‘The Right to Self-Defence against Non-State Actors: Criteria of the ‘‘Unwilling or Unable’’ Test’, Heidelberg Journal of International Law, 2017/1, pp. 53-55
  • ‘The Fight against the ‘‘Islamic State’’ in Syria: Towards the Modification of the Right to Self-Defence?’, Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, 2017/2, pp. 80-106
  • ‘The United Nations Security Council Sanctions and International Human Rights’, Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, 2016/3, pp. 277-311
  • ‘The Fight against the ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and the Right to Self-Defence’, E-International Relations, 2016, 7pp.
  • ‘International Organisations and States Within an Agency Relationship: The Distribution of Responsibility’, Netherlands International Law Review, 2014/3, pp. 335-364
  • ‘L’incidence du droit à la vie sur le droit à un procès équitable dans la jurisprudence du Comité des droits de l’homme’ (‘Impact of the Right to Life on the Right to a Fair Trial in the Case-Law of the Human Rights Committee’), Revue générale de droit international public (General Review of Public International Law), 2010/2, pp. 343-365
  • ‘Le référendum français et la construction européenne’ (‘French Referendums and European Integration’), Revue de droit international et de droit comparé (Review for International and Comparative Law), 2010/1, pp. 30-72
  • ‘Le référendum obligatoire sur l’Europe en France’ (Obligatory Referendums on Europe in France), Revue de la Recherche Juridique - Droit prospectif (‘Review of Legal Research - Prospective Law’), 2010/2, pp. 953-971
  •  ‘Le droit à la réunification des nations des Etats divisés’ (‘The Right to Reunification of the Nations of the Divided States’), Revue de droit international (International Law Review), 2008/3, pp. 1-30
  • ‘La lutte du Conseil de sécurité contre le terrorisme international et les droits de l’homme’ (‘The Security Council’s Fight against International Terrorism and Human Rights’), Revue générale de droit international public (General Review of Public International Law), 2008/1, pp. 49-84               
  • ‘Le Conseil de sécurité doit-il respecter les droits de l’homme dans son action coercitive de maintien de la paix?’ (‘Must the Security Council Respect Human Rights in its Coercive Peace-Keeping Action?’), Quebec Review of International Law, 2007/1, pp. 107-136
  • ‘Les droits de l’homme et les Nations Unies’ (‘Human Rights and the United Nations’) (7.522 words), published by the journal Peace, Development and Democratization, an Agenda for the Future, editing in 1995 during the study training on the United Nations activities 

 Refereed Book Chapters:

  • ‘Enforcement of UN Security Council Resolutions and of International Court of Justice Judgments: the Unreliability of Political Enforcement Mechanisms’ in Andras Jakab and Dimitry Kochenov (eds), The Enforcement of EU Law and Values: Ensuring Member States’ Compliance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 363-378
  • ‘Yalta, Conference’ in Frauke Lachenmann-Rüdiger Wolfrum (eds), The Law of Armed Conflict and the Use of Force, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 1422-1427                  
  • ‘The Challenges Posed by Cyberattacks to the Law on Self-defence’ in August Reinisch, Mary Footer, Christina Binder (eds), International Law and…, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2016, pp. 245-260
  • ‘The Use of Force as a Response to Cyberterrorism’ in Lee Jarvis, Stuart Macdonald and Tome Chen (eds), Terrorism Online: Politics, Law, Technology and Unconventional Violence, London, Routledge, 2015, pp. 173-189
  • ‘La relation de mandat entre Etats et organisations internationales et ses conséquences sur la responsabilité des organisations internationales’ (‘The Agency Relationship between States and International Organisations and its Consequences for the Responsibility of International Organisations’) in Dan Sarooshi (ed), Remedies and Responsibility for the Actions of International Organizations, Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014, pp. 147-184
  • ‘Territorial Decentralisation in France: Towards Autonomy and Democracy’ in Carlo Panara and Michael R Varney (eds), Local Government in Europe. The 'Fourth Level' in the EU Multi-Layered System of Governance, London, Routlege, 2013, pp. 73-96
  • ‘Kehler Hafen Case’ (decision of the Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany)’ in Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed), [Max Planck] Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, vol. 6, pp. 575-578
  • ‘La Bretagne, Arbitral Award’ in Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed), [Max Planck] Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, vol. 6, pp. 619-621 
  • ‘Société Levant Express Transport Case’(decision of the French Court of Cassation) in Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed), [Max Planck] Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, vol. 9, pp. 250-252
  • ‘Yalta, Conference’ in Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed), [Max Planck] Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, vol. 10, pp. 1049-1054  

Refereed Book Reviews:

  • Review of ‘Emmanuelle Tourme Jouannet, International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 126p’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 2016/2, pp. 605-608
  • Review of ‘Jane McAdam, Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012, 319p’, Environmental Law Review, 2012/4, pp. 334-336
  • Review of ‘Theodor Schilling, Internationaler Menschenrechtsschutz, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2010, 398p’, Archiv des Völkerrechts, 2012/1, pp. 102-103 (in German)
  • Review of ‘Olivier Corten, The Law Against War, Oxford and Portland, Hart, 2010, 569p’, European Journal of International Law, 2011/4, pp. 1193-1195
  • Review of ‘Maelstaf G., Que faire de l’Allemagne? (1945-1955), Paris, Editions Imprimerie Nationale, 1999, pp. 740’ (‘What to Do With Germany ? (1945-1955), Paris, Editions Imprimerie Nationale, 1999, pp. 740’), Revue générale de droit international public (General Review of Public International Law), 2000, pp. 562-563

 

 RECENT CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • Avril 2019: Paper at the Edinburgh-Glasgow International Law Workshop: ‘Toward a State-Private Actor Partnership in Securing Cyberspace’
  • Avril 2019: Chair and discussant at the Workshop of the ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security on ‘The Rule of Law in Cyberspace’
  • Mars 2019: Paper at the conference organised by the East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai): ‘The Criminalization of Online Terrorism Preparatory Acts under International Law’
  • November 2018: Research seminar at the University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany): ‘Unlawful State Cyber Operations under International Law’
  • September 2018: Paper at the conference of the Society of Legal Scholars: 'Fundamental International Principles Challenged by the Use of the Internet by States'
  • July 2018: Paper at the Forum on the Governance of the Internet in Paris: 'Reactions of States to Cyberattacks under International Law'
  • June 2018: Paper at a conference organised by the University of Lorraine on the UN Security Council and Respect for Human Rights: 'Protection of Human Rights in Coercive Actions of the Security Council'
  • April 2018: Paper at a conference organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in collaboration with Qatar University College of Law: 'A Necessary Treaty on the Criminalisation of Online Terrorism Preparatory Acts'
  • April 2018: Paper at the Bileta (British and Irish Law Education and Technology association)conference: ‘Towards a New Category of Cyber Crime: Online Terrorism Preparatory Offenses’
  • November 2017: Paper at a workshop on International Law, Policy and Practice in Syria at the University of Glasgow: ‘The Right to Self-defence in Syria’ 
  • September 2017: Paper at the conference of the Society of Legal Scholars: ‘An Old Tool for a New Practice: The Implementation of the Right to Self-Defence in Response to Cyber-Attacks by Non-State Actors’ 
  • May 2017: Paper at the conference organised by the United Arab Emirates on Cyberterrorism: ‘The Necessity for an International Treaty on Cyberterrorism’
  • April 2017: Paper at the conference of BILETA (British and Irish Law Education and Technology association): ‘Securing Cyber Space: the Obligation of States to Prevent Harmful International Cyber Operations’ 

 

 

Current Research

Dr. Couzigou currently conducts research on International Cyber Security.

Collaborations

Dr Couzigou is a member of the interdisciplinary Cyberterrorism Project (www.cyberterrorism-project.org).

She is a rapporteur for the Oxford University Press database on the Law of International Organizations(http://opil.ouplaw.com/home/OXIO).

She is also an associate member of the Centre for Global Security and Governance (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/global-security/about/expertsassociates/) and an affiliated member of the Institute of Conflict, Transition, and Peace Research of the University of Aberdeen. 

She is on the board of editors of Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, Addleton Academic Publishers, New York.

She serves as a monograph and textbook reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Routlege.

Research Grants

Fellow at Sciences Po Paris.

Award of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.

Fellow from the Hague Academy of International Law.

Award by the Centre for Academic Development of the University of Aberdeen for good practice in teaching.

Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service.

Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany).

Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation.

Fellow of the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2).

Fellow of the French Ministry of Education. 

 

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Before coming to Aberdeen, Dr. Irène Couzigou taught diverse courses in Public International Law and in French Public Law at the University of Paris II (France), the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and the University of Mannheim (Germany).

At the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Couzigou teaches general and specialised courses in Public International Law, including International Human Rights Law, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also teaches Public and Private French Law. Furthermore, she taught Comparative Law, European Law, and UK Public Law.

Since she teaches predominantly in her area of expertise, Public International Law, Dr Couzigou is able to teach with enthusiasm and deep knowledge. While presenting her interpretations of International Law, she expects her honours and postgraduate students to challenge her ideas and to engage themselves with the current development of International Law.

One of her courses: 'The Evolution of International Law in a World of Crises' was given an award by the Centre for Academic Development of the University of Aberdeen (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cad/good-practice/spotlight/perspectives-on-internationali/poi-ic/).

Dr. Couzigou leads the LLM in Public International Law, the LLM in International Law and International Relations, and the LLM in International Law and Strategic Studies.

Dr. Couzigou supervises PhD students working in the fields of Public International Law, including International Human Rights Law.

Courses taught at the University of Aberdeen:

  • 'The Evolution of International Law in a World of Crises' taught at postgraduate and undergraduate levels: course coordinator and sole lecturer
  • 'International Law: A Time of Challenges', taught at postgraduate and undergraduate levels: course coordinator and sole lecturer
  • 'International Law', taught at postgraduate level: course coordinator and sole lecturer
  • 'The Use of Force in International Law', taught at postgraduate and undergraduate levels: course coordinator and sole lecturer
  • 'The Law of International Organisations', taught at postgraduate level: course coordinator and member of the teaching team
  • 'International Human Rights Law', taught at postgraduate level: member of the teaching team 
  • 'Public International Law', undergraduate course: member of the teaching team
  • 'Politics and International Relations', undergraduate course: member of the teaching team
  • 'Sustainable International Development', undergraduate course: member of the teaching team
  • 'Introduction to French Law', undergraduate course: course coordinator and sole lecturer
  • 'Foundations of Public Law', undergraduate course: member of the teaching team
  • 'Introduction to Comparative Law', undergraduate course: member of the teaching team
  • 'EU Institutions and Law', undergraduate course: member of the teaching team

PhD thesis supervised at the University of Aberdeen:

  • ‘An Analysis of the Right to Self-Defence against Non-State Actors in International Law’

  • ‘The Role of International Organizations on Enabling Environmentally Sound Technologies Transfer’

  • ‘Consideration of Rights of Non-State Actors in the Delimitation of State Territories on Land and at Sea: The Necessity for an Equilibrium’. Completed in 2018.

  • ‘The Legal Regime Applicable to Private Military and Security Company Personnel in Armed Conflicts’. Completed in 2016. Published: Mohamad Janaby, The Legal Regime Applicable to Private Military and Security Company Personnel in Armed Conflicts, Springer, 2016, 237pp.

  • ‘Britain’s Drug-Pushing Activities in China: The Two Opium Wars from the Perspective of their Lawyers and Legal Advisers’. Completed in 2013.

 

 

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