KICONCO, Judith

Judith is a Ugandan doctoral candidate at Sciences Po Law School. Her thesis, "The scope of the Obligation to Respect and Ensure Respect for the Geneva Conventions in Non-International Armed Conflicts,” focuses on the nature and content of Common Article one to the Geneva conventions and how its often state centric interpretation applies to armed non state actors especially in view of the evolution of the armed conflict landscape; from inter-state conflicts to a predominance of intra-state conflicts characterised by a plurality of armed non-state actors’ involvement.

Judith works under the supervision of Professor Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet and Professor Jeremy Perelman. She is particularly interested in public international law, international humanitarian law and its applicability to armed non-state actors as well as its intersection with other branches of public international law, such as human rights and international criminal law.

Judith is admitted to the Ugandan Bar and holds a master’s degree in international humanitarian law and human rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Christian University and; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law development Centre in Kampala, Uganda.

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Between 2016 and 2019, Judith worked with the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a legal adviser in Kampala, Uganda and briefly as a humanitarian affairs adviser at the organisation’s liaison office to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before joining the ICRC, she undertook research and worked in different capacities on areas related to; use of force in law enforcement, the role of amnesties and traditional reconciliation processes in post conflict contexts, property rights, and the right to health in international law and its respect in fragile contexts, among others.

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