Davide Pernice

Davide Pernice is a PhD researcher specializing in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent/BSIS, as well as a EU official, a certified mediator and an experienced trainer in EU foreign policy. He received a Master’s degree in International Conflict and Security from BSIS – University of Kent, as well as a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of London.

Davide’s research interests are mainly focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and on uncovering decision-making and outputs causalities.

His PhD project centers on the if, how and why Israeli and Palestinian parties eventually engage into, or disengage from de-escalation processes spanning over multiple stages (softening-up, pre-negotiation, negotiation, etc.), and is supervised by Dr Yvan Guichaoua and Prof. Richard Whitman.    


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Nicolas Desgrais

Nicolas Desgrais entered the International Relations PhD Program at Kent in september 2016. Prior to that, he worked 9 months at the Defence Section of the French Embassy in Nigeria on military cooperation between France and Nigeria and counter-terrorism efforts against the Salafi-Jihadi insurgent group Boko Haram.

His thesis project focuses on the counter-terrorism strategies of African States in the Sahara-Sahel region through regional organizations as G5 Sahel and Lake Chad Bassin Commission (LCBC). This research project is supervised by Dr Yvan Guichaoua and Dr Toni Haastrup.

He is also a teaching assistant in the module “Theories of Conflict and Violence” at the University of Kent (BSIS).

He holds a Law degree from Université Paris X and a MA in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG). During his studies, he obtained an internship inside the African Department of French Defence Staff. Then, he worked at the Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM).

His previous works focus on the mediation held by Burkina Faso during the malian crisis, the french & international involvement in the Sahara-Sahel region and extraversion strategies in Africa.

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Camilla Callesen

Camilla E. Callesen holds a BA in International Studies from Aalborg University in Denmark and a MA in International Conflict and Security from BSIS. She has worked for amongst other the UN and different peacebuilding NGOs and research institutes. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the intractable conflicts in the post-soviet space, their social-psychological developments and consequences, and the relation between the conflicts and Russia’s foreign policy behavior and decision-making.

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Dr John Heieck

Dr. John Heieck is the Lecturer of Public International Law and International Diplomatic Law at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).  He also convenes several workshops in the Fundamentals of Dissertation Research program at BSIS.  In addition, John helps coordinate activities of the University of Kent Law School’s Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL) in Brussels.


John holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, an LLM in Public International Law from the Leiden University School of Law, a Juris Doctor in Trial and Appellate Advocacy from the Creighton University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame.  He is also a licensed attorney in the state of Nebraska, USA.



Dr. John Heieck’s general research interests are in the areas of public international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and space law.  In particular, John’s research is concerned with the duties of the most powerful states to prevent genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.  He is also interested in the developing regulatory framework of the exploration and exploitation of celestial bodies, such as the Moon and asteroids, by private space companies.

Dr. Heieck’s recent publications include ‘The Responsibility Not to Veto Revisited: How the Duty to Prevent Genocide as a Jus Cogens Norm Imposes a Legal Duty Not to Veto on the Five Permanent Members of the Security Council’ in R. Barnes and V. Tzevelekos (eds.), Beyond Responsibility to Protect: Generating Change in International Law (28 March 2016).  The article is available for download on John’s SSRN page: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2837396.  Dr. Heieck has also contributed several blog posts on the duties to prevent genocide and war crimes to the renowned Opinio Juris blog.  John is currently in the process of publishing his doctoral dissertation, Everything Within Their Power: The P5’s Duty to Prevent Genocide, as a monograph.




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Azar Dakwar

Azar Dakwar started his PhD in Political and Social Thought in September 2016 at the Brussels School of International Studies. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in cognitive sciences from the Hebrew University and his a Master degree in Public Policy (with a thesis in political sociology) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

For the past five years, he has worked as a research and editing assistant to social scientists and political theorists and was a teaching assistant (in strategic thinking and public policy) and then a lecturer (of public policy) at Birzeit University. Also, he worked for about 3 years, in various capacities and positions, for Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality. In addition, Azar has been an international fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna since 2014, and was awarded its Fellowship Grant in 2015 (March-September).

Azar takes academic interest in the nexus of critical social and political philosophy and political theology and anthropology of secularism.

Some of his publications can be read at: https://kent.academia.edu/AzarDakwar

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Abdullah Al-Jabassini

Abdullah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Al-Kalamoon University in Damascus, Syria, and he earned his MA degree in Global Affairs from Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. He also studied at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.

For the past four years, he worked as a researcher and consultant for various NGOs and consultancies, he was responsible for providing analysis on the political and military developments in zones controlled by insurgent organizations in Syria and Iraq.

His general research interests include political parties, insurgent organizations, para-military groups, rebels’ governance, civilians’ recruitment, sectarianism and tribal conflicts in the Middle East.

His PhD research focuses on the Syrian rebellion, with a particular emphasis on the the structur of the insurgent organizations, their governance strategies, civilian’s recruitment, wartime institutions, and the forms of intervention in civilians’ affairs. Furthermore, his research covers the state’s strategy towards insurgents and para-military groups. His research is supervised by Dr. Yvan Guichaoua.

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Anna Peychev

Anna Peychev started her PhD in law in the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she earned an LLM in International Law at BSIS and a Bachelor’s degree in International relations with a minor in Religious studies from the University of Calgary, Canada. Her current research focuses on the economic, social and political impact of legal systems and means to engage the latter for polity construction. Outside of academia, she has been involved with the NGO and political sectors. Academic areas of interest include moral and legal philosophy, EU law, evolutionary biology.

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Dr Joost Hiltermann

Joost Hiltermann is Lecturer in Politics in the Middle East at the Brussels School of International Studies. In his day job, he is Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group, www.crisisgroup.org. He obtained his PhD in Sociology (1988) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a dissertation on the mobilisation and political activism of workers and women under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. He has been with Crisis Group since 2002. Before that, he was Executive Director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. In the second half of the 1980s he lived in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where he worked for the Palestinian human rights NGO Al-Haq while conducting dissertation research.


Joost Hiltermann has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University (1990-2002) and a Professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (2001), both in Washington, DC. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Middle East Report, and other publications. His doctoral dissertation was published by Princeton University Press in 1991 (Behind the Intifada), and a book on the use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war by Cambridge University Press in 2007 (A Poisonous Affair).

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Dr Maria Mälksoo

Maria Mälksoo earned her PhD in International Studies at the University of Cambridge (2008). Before joining the BSIS, she worked as Senior Researcher in International Relations at the University of Tartu in her native Estonia. She has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (2015), Kone Foundation Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2012), Mobilitas post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu (2010-2014), and a member of the HERA-funded international collaborative project Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Russia, Poland, and Ukraine (2010-2013). She has policy experience from the Estonian Ministry of Defence, International Centre for Defence Studies in Tallinn, and the Office of the President of Estonia.

Office hours:-

Autumn 2016 – Tuesdays, 2-3pm

Spring 2017 – Mondays, 2-4pm


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Sian Lewis-Anthony

Sian’s research concerns the domestic application of international human rights standards. She has advised on & developed training materials, and delivered training for judges and prosecutors in a number of jurisdictions in the Middle East, the Balkans and West Africa for non-governmental, inter-governmental, and governmental organisations and agencies.

Teaching interests: International Law, International Human Rights Law and International Migration Law.

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