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Steven J. BARELA is currently an Assistant Professor at the Global Studies Institute and a member of the law faculty at the University of Geneva. He has taught at the Korbel School of International Studies at Denver University, and lectured for l’Université Laval (Québec), Sciences Po Bordeaux, UCLA and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

He began his university education of Spanish language, literature and culture in the United States, leading him to study in Madrid and Valladolid, Spain. Next, his scholastic career continued in Paris, France (French language, art and culture), Albuquerque, New Mexico (Latin American Studies) and Mexico D.F., Mexico (Spanish language, art and literature).

After becoming trilingual, he enriched this initial education with studies in international relations and political philosophy at the University of Denver; bringing him to Geneva where he obtained his third masters (LL.M.) in the field of international humanitarian law and human rights, and finally completed a Ph.D. in law with the highest distinction, “mention très bien” (equivalent to summa cum laude).

 

 

Language Skills

English: mother tongue, Spanish: fluent, French: fluent

 

Education

March 2012 Ph.D. Degree in Law, “Mention très bien” highest distinction (equivalent to summa cum laude) Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, International Law & Political and Legal Philosophy
May 2009 LL.M. Degree – Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, University of Geneva & Graduate Institute of Int’l Studies
August 2005 M.A. Degree in International StudiesGraduate School of Int’l Studies, University of Denver2004-5 – Study Abroad at Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
May 1998 M.A. Degree in Latin American History and Literature – Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico1995 – Study Abroad at the Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico D.F.
August 1994 Bachelors Degree in Spanish Language & Literature – Iowa State University1993-1994 – Study Abroad at the British Institute of Paris, France1991-1992 – Study Abroad at the University of Valladolid, Spain1991 – Independent Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

 

Employment

2013-Current Assistant Professor, Global Studies Institute/Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
2015-Current

Series Editor for “Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs” at Ashgate Publishing

2012-2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of GenevaCoordinator for Geneva-Harvard-Renmin-Sydney Conference, January 2013
2008-2011 Doctoral Assistant, Department of the History of Law and of Legal and Political Doctrines, University of Geneva
2005-2008 Research Assistant, University Forum 2005-8: “Democracy and Terrorism”, University of Geneva
1996-2005 United Airlines – Spanish and French qualified Flight Attendant, Customer Service Representative and Baggage Handler

 

Selected Publications

Books

(Editor) Legitimacy and Drones: Investigating the Legality, Morality and Efficacy of UCAVs (Ashgate, 2015).

(Monograph) International Law, New Diplomacy and Counterterrorism: An Interdisciplinary Study of Legitimacy (Routledge, 2014) (now issued in paperback).

Articles, Chapters and Other

Guest Post: “The Imperative of a ‘Drone Court’” Just Security blog, (October 28, 2015).

Invited Review of J.D. Ohlin, K. Govern, and C. Finkelstein, Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts in (forthcoming 2016) Journal of International Criminal Justice.

“The Question of ‘Imminence’: A Historical View on Anticipatory Attacks” in Legitimacy and Drones (Ashgate, 2015).

“Strategic Efficacy: The Opinion of Security and a Dearth of Data” in Legitimacy and Drones (Ashgate, 2015).

With Amos Guiora and Jeffery Brand, “Guest Post: Drone Courts–A Response to Professor Vladeck” Just Security blog, (December 16, 2014).

With Alexis Keller, “Justice, Peace and Jus Post Bellum”, Book Review of L. May, After War Ends: A Philosophical Perspective; D. Philpott, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation; and E. Patterson (ed.), Ethics Beyond War’s End in (Summer 2014) 7, 1 Amsterdam Law Forum.

Invited Review of C. Finkelstein, J.D. Ohlin, A. Altman (eds.), Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World in (2013) 11, 1 Journal of International Criminal Justice.

“Judicially Moderated Dialogue and the ‘War on Terror’” in L.Hennebel and H.Tigroudja (eds.), Balancing Liberty and Security: The Human Rights Pendulum (Wolf Legal Publishing, 2012).

“Preemptive or Preventive War: A Discussion of Legal and Moral Standards” (Winter 2004) 33, 1 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 31.

 

Editorial Assistance

2005 – 2008

Assistant Editor to A. Bianchi and A. Keller (eds.) Counterterrorism: Democracy’s Challenge (Hart Publishing, 2008).

 2004 – 2005

Research Assistant to A. Keller and P. Allan (eds.) What is a Just Peace? (Oxford University Press, 2006).

 

Research and Teaching Topics

Technology and Security, Asymmetrical Conflict, Unmanned  Combat Air Vehicles, Cyber Warfare, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Legitimacy, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, Use of Force in Int’l Law, Interdisciplinarity, Habeas Corpus, Just War, Torture, Political Violence and Non-Violence, Latin American History and Literature

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Awards and Honors

2012

Ph.D. Degree in Law, “Mention très bien” highest distinction (equivalent to summa cum laude)Faculty of Law, University of Geneva International Law & Political and Legal Philosophy

2007-2008

Hans Wilsdorf Foundation Full Scholarship for the LL.M. degree at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

2004

United Nations International Law Seminar – Selected as the only U.S. participant of 24 worldwide attendees

2002-2005

Full Academic Scholarship – Graduate School of International Studies, Denver University

1998

Master’s Thesis, Latin American Studies – One Hundred Years to Sovereignty, Recognized with Distinction, University of New Mexico

1989-1994

George Washington Carver Full Academic Scholarship – Iowa State University

 

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