Bangor Law School

Dr Evelyne Schmid

Dr Evelyne Schmid
Lecturer in Law

Dr Evelyne Schmid is a lecturer in international and European law at Bangor University, Wales. She holds a PhD (summa cum laude) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) of the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a Masters degree, with distinction, in International Relations from the University of Geneva. She has Associate Fellowship status with the UK Higher Education Academy and is completing the second stage of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

In her current research, Evelyne explores how various branches of international law address (or don’t address) harm and injury arising from armed violence. She is currently publishing a monograph with Cambridge University Press. Her study examines the extent to which violations of economic, social and cultural rights have a role to play in international criminal law as well as the legal history of socio-economic and cultural issues in the repression of international crimes.

Evelyne was also acting in an advisory capacity to government delegations and civil society during the negotiations at the United Nations for an international Arms Trade Treaty and she is a member of the International Law Association Committee on Reparations for Victims of Armed Conflict.

Before moving to Wales, Evelyne completed a doctoral fellowship at Harvard Law School, Harvard University and was project coordinator for the International Criminal Court’s ICC Legal Tools Project at TRIAL in Geneva and in charge of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Truth Commission Digital Collection. Until 2012, she was a board member of Amnesty International Switzerland.

Evelyne studied in Spain and worked for national chapters of Transparency International in Lebanon and in Bahrain. She was the winner of the inaugural essay award of the Göttingen Journal of International Law, and a recipient of a Kathryn Davis and Shelby Cullom Davis Doctoral Scholarship.

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Selected Publications


Taking Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Seriously in International Criminal Law, Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"Socio-Economic and Cultural Rights and Wrongs After Armed Conflicts: Using the State Reporting Procedure before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights More Effectively", in Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Vol. 3 (2013), 241-271.

"The End of the Road on Diplomatic Assurances: International Law and the Removal of Terror Suspects", in Essex Human Rights Review, Vol. 8, no. 1 (2011): 219-235.

"War Crimes Related to Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights," in Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht / Heidelberg Journal of International Law, Vol. 71, no. 3 (2011): 523-541.

"The UN Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No. 32 on Article 14 of the ICCPR and the Question of Civilians Tried by Military Courts,” in International Journal of Human Rights Vol. 17, no. 7 (2010): 1058-1071.

"Liberia’s Truth Commission Report: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Transitional Justice," in PRAXIS - The Fletcher Journal of Human Security XXIV (2009): 5-28.

"Re-focusing on Protecting Civilians' Basic Safety and why we Need to Know why People Kill: On the latest Reports of the Secretary-General on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict,” in Journal of International Peacekeeping 13 no. 3-4 (2009): 356-382.

"The Right to a Fair Trial in Times of Terrorism: A Method to Identify the Non-Derogable Aspects of Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," in Göttingen Journal of International Law Vol. 1, no.1 (2009): 29-44 (published as the winning submission of the 2008 Essay Competition).

Rearranging Deckchairs on the Titanic? Consensus, Corruption and Crisis: Lebanon After the Ta’if Agreement,” in International Relations - Students Perspectives 2 (2007): 27-41.

Books: Chapters/Sections

 “Thickening the Rule of Law in Transition: The Constitutional Entrenchment of Economic and Social Rights in South Africa," in International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict States, ed. Edda Kristjánsdóttir, André Nollkaemper and Cedric Ryngaert (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2012): 59-81.

“Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'homme (FIDH),” in International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, ed. Helmut Anheier, Stefan Toepler, Regina List (New York: Springer, 2010): 658.

 “Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP),” in International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, ed. Helmut Anheier, Stefan Toepler, Regina List (New York: Springer, 2010): 769-770.

“International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA),” in International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, ed. Helmut Anheier, Stefan Toepler, Regina List (New York: Springer, 2010): 888.

“Maathai, Wangari Muta,” in International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, ed. Helmut Anheier, Stefan Toepler, Regina List (New York: Springer, 2010): 959.

 “Quakers (Religious Society of Friends),” in International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, ed. Helmut Anheier, Stefan Toepler, Regina List (New York: Springer, 2010): 1285-1286.

Books: Reviews

Review of Methods of Human Rights Research, by Fons Coomans, Fred Grunfeld and Menno T. Kamminga (eds) and Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy, Tricia D. Olsen, Leigh A. Payne and Andrew G. Reiter, in The International Journal of Transitional Justice Vol. 5, no. 1 (2011): 159-165.


"Anwendbarkeit der Bestimmungen des Internationalen Paktes über wirtschaftliche, soziale und kulturelle Rechte (UNO-Pakt I) im Landesrecht: Bundesgerichtsentscheid 136 I 290-295," in Aktuelle Juristische Praxis / Pratique Juridique Actuelle No. 7 (July 2011): 983-984. (Translated title: The applicability of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Domestic Law, Case Note on the Swiss Federal Court’s decision 136 I 290-295).

"Case note: Swiss Federal Tribunal misses crucial opportunity to enforce international standards," Housing and ESC Rights Law Quarterly, December 2010, 07/4, 8-9.

"Two Legal Issues in the Context of the Abu Garda Decision," Making Sense of Sudan, 27 February 2010.

Commissioned Reports and Articles


"Women's Freedom from Want After Armed Conflicts", in Nepal Law Journal, Special Issue 2012 on Access to Justice for the Poor and Marginalized Groups in Nepal: 85-105.


"The Diversity of Truth Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry", United States Institute of Peace, USIP PeaceBrief, 12 January 2012.


"Transitional Justice: Information Handbook", United States Institute of Peace, Rule of Law Program (Washington DC, 2008).


"Comment la corruption affecte-t-elle les droits de l’homme? Une approche internationale et l’observation du cas libanais", Business & Human Rights Resources (London, 2005). (Translated title: How Does Corruption Affect Human Rights? An International Approach and an Analysis of the Lebanese Case with Particular Attention to the Effects of Corruption on the Lebanese Youth).

"'Big Finance meets Microfinance': La haute finance rencontre-t-elle les micro-entreprises des pays en développement?", Covalence Analyst Paper (Geneva, 2005). (Translated title: Big Finance meets Microfinance: Does high finance meet the micro-enterprises in developing countries?).

"Youth against Corruption", with the Lebanese Transparency Association and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, in English, and translated to Arabic (Beirut, 2005).

Selected Contributions to Wider Media

Contributor to IntLawGrrls.

Researched and compiled the updated United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Truth Commission Digital Collection (2008-2011).

"Chile: Wiedergutmachung für vergessene Opfer?," Le journal de l’Association suisse contre l’impunité TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), April 2010, no. 21: 15. (Translated title: Chile, Reparations for forgotten victims?).

"Neue Kriegsmaterialverordnung verbietet Schweizer Rüstungsexporte in Konfliktstaaten," Le journal de l’Association suisse contre l’impunité TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), July 2009, no. 19: 19-21. (Translated title: The new ordinance on war material prohibits Swiss exports of war material to conflict states).

"Völkerrecht: Kriegsmaterial – Schweiz liefert trotz Exportverbot," Plädoyer: Magazin für Recht und Politik, October 2009, no. 5/09: 26-28. (Translated title: International Law: War Material – Switzerland exports despite prohibition).

Fellowships and Research Awards

  • Academic Platform Switzerland UN – Award (PhD category) 2011
  • Kathryn Davis and Shelby Cullom Davis Doctoral Scholarship 2008 – 2012
  • Göttingen Journal of International Law Essay Competition, First Prize, 2008
  • Asher Hobson Scholarship 2007 – 2008
  • Donald R. MacJannet Fellowship, 2007 – 2008
  • ASA-Program scholarship; granted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2004



European Union Law (module leader)

Public International Law Moot Courts (Faculty Adviser)


International Law of Armed Conflict (IHL) (module leader)

Dealing with Legacies of Armed Conflict and Repression (module leader)

European Human Rights Law (co-teaching)

Legal Research Methods (module leader)

Business, Human Rights and Law (module leader)

Evelyne is also member of the PhD Committee, the Unfair Practice Panel and the Special Circumstances Board.

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