David Eichert

David Eichert

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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English, French
Key Expertise
international law, sexual violence, feminism, LGBT, international courts

About me

I study international courts and sexual violence, drawing upon critical legal theory and interpretive social science methodologies to better understand the discourse and day-to-day practice of international legal actors. My work is fairly interdisciplinary, using poststructural, feminist, and queer IR theory to interpret how international lawyers understand and investigate claims of conflict-related sexual violence. I am also interested in broader questions of international law, including how categories of sexuality, gender identity, and victimhood are constructed and contested by lawyers, judges, and NGOs. At LSE, I am affiliated with the IR Department’s International Theory cluster as well as the Mannheim Doctoral Working Group at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology.

In addition to my PhD research, I also serve on the editorial board of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. I previously worked as a research assistant for the GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub and have peer reviewed articles for International Affairs, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

I earned a JD from Cornell Law School, where I worked as an Articles Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. Prior to that, I earned an MA from New York University and a BA from Brigham Young University. I use any pronouns.

Research topic

Gendering the Discourse of International Criminal Law: Sexual Victimhood and Violence Against Men, Transgender Women, and Non-Binary People


Kirsten Ainley
Paul Kirby
Mark Hoffman


Expertise Details

International Law; International Criminal Tribunals; Sexual Violence; Constructivism; Feminist/Queer IR; Practice Theory; Crimes Against Humanity