Sharon WEILLPhone: +33782575205 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Weill joined The American University of Paris as Assistant Professor of international law in fall 2018. She also teaches a clinic course for graduate students at PSIA/Sciences-Po. Her research focuses on the relationship between law, conflict and the role of courts, while using socio-legal approaches including trial ethnography. Currently, she examines the role of domestic criminal judges as transnational actors in the global war on terror and the transformation of national criminal justice systems in respond to transnational jihadism.
Since 2017, she has been doing empirical research in French criminal courts as a part of multidisciplinary research group (project GIP, financed French Ministry of Justice). Prior to that, her post-doctoral research considered Guantanamo Bay’s criminal trials and the Israeli military courts in the occupied territories. It was conducted at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley (2015-2016), and she received her PhD in international law from the University of Geneva in 2012.
She is the author of the book The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-editor of the book The President on Trial Prosecuting Hissène Habré (Oxford University Press, 2020). Professor Weill is an expert member of the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH) and she was recently nominated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to serve as a judge in The French Asylum Court (CNDA).
Since 2017, Sharon Weill has been doing empirical research in French criminal courts as a part of multidisciplinary research group (project GIP, financed by the French Ministry of Justice). The project examines how transnational conflicts are represented within national courtrooms, and how legal doctrines facilitates or limits the achievement of global political goals, while staying attuned to the court’s institutional and professional routine and bureaucracy as well as the sociology of the different judicial actors.
Research AreasActors and levels of regulation in world politics - Violence and danger management
- International law (American University of Paris, master)
- International institution (American University of Paris, undergraduate students)
- Counter terrorism and international crimes (PSIA/ master)
- "Transnational Jihadism and the Role of Criminal Judges: An Ethnography of French Courts", Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 47, Issue S1, October 2020.
- Sharon Weill, Kim Seelinger and Kerstin Carlson (eds), The President on Trial: Prosecuting Hissène Habré, Oxford University Press, 2020.
- Les filières djihadistes en procès. Approche ethnographique des audiences criminelles et correctionnelles (2017-2019), sous la direction de Christiane Besnier et Sharon Weill avec la participation d'Antoine Megie et Denis Salas.
- "French foreign fighters: The engagement of administrative and criminal justice in France", International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 100, Issue 907-909 (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
- "Plongée au cœur des procès pénaux de Guantánamo", Les Cahiers de la justice, Vol 2, 2018 (Paris, Dalloz).
“Arguing civilian rights and international humanitarian law standards in national courts” in M. Lattimer and P. Sands (eds.), The Grey Zone: Civilian Protection between Human Rights and the Laws of War (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2018).
- “The Situation of Palestine in Wonderland: An Investigation into ICC’s Impact in Israel“, in C. Stahn and M. Bergsmo (eds), Quality Control in Preliminary Examination: Reviewing Impact, Policies and Practices (2018).
- The Role of National Courts in Applying International Humanitarian Law (monography) (Oxford University Press, 2014).