Olivia Nantermoz

Olivia Nantermoz

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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English, French
Key Expertise
International Criminal Law, Humanitarianism, Global Justice

About me

Olivia is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and an Associate Study Adviser for LSE LIFE.

Olivia uses interdisciplinary approaches to explore the discourses, politics and practices of helping the suffering / vulnerable ‘other’ in international society.

Her doctoral research focuses on international responses to mass atrocities and interrogates the combination of penal and humanitarian sensibilities at the heart of international justice-making. 

In parallel to her PhD, Olivia is currently contributing to a project on the European Management of Migration and Refugees - Consequences for mobility and political stability in transit countries (MARE). The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is jointly conducted by the Fafo Research Foundation, NUPI (both Oslo), the Institut Français du Proche Orient (Amman) and LSE. 

Previously, Olivia has written on international refugee protection as a primary institution of international society. Her research, published in the Review of International Studies, demonstrates that the figure of the refugee is foundational to the constitution of both modern international society and its agent, the sovereign territorial state.

Olivia holds a double master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and the LSE; and a double bachelor’s degree in social sciences and philosophy from Sciences Po Paris and Paris IV (La Sorbonne). Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Olivia spent a year in Taiwan teaching French to high school and university students.

Research topic

‘Penal Humanitarianism Must Be Defended?’ The Promises and Limits of International Investigative Mechanisms in Mass Atrocity Contexts

The PhD project examines the increasing prevalence of mechanisms to investigate, document and report allegations of atrocity crimes. Genealogically, Olivia seeks to diagnose, trace and interpret the emergence on the international stage of the ‘anti-impunity’ problématique, and how it became associated with the trope of ‘justice for victims’ of atrocity crimes. Empirically, the project critically assesses the work of international investigative mechanisms and the role they purport to play in fighting against impunity for mass atrocity crimes.

Teaching experience

2016-2017: Assistant Professor – French Department, Wenzao University (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
2019-2020: IR200 International Political Theory (LSE)

Academic supervisors

Dr Peter Wilson
Dr Jens Meierhenrich


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Expertise Details

International Criminal Law; Humanitarianism; Global Justice; Human Rights; Refugee Studies; International Theory; English School; International Political Sociology; Constructivism.

My research