Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer

Dr Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer is the director of the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM, French Ministry of Defense). Previously a member of the Policy Planning Staff (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), he was a member of the French delegation at the UN Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

He holds degrees in three different disciplines: philosophy (BA, MA, PhD), law (LLB, LLM), and political science (PhD). He conducts interdisciplinary research on the theory and ethics of international relations and on international public law. In particular, he studies the ethics and laws of war, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.

A former attaché at the French embassy in Turkmenistan, he was a postgraduate fellow of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, a postdoctoral fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm) and at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he taught international humanitarian law, and a Lecturer in international relations at the Department of War Studies of King’s College London.

The author of 15 books including Pas de paix sans justice? Le dilemme de la paix et de la justice en sortie de conflit armé (Presses de Sciences Po, 2011) and Ethique des relations internationales (PUF, 2013), he won an Académie Française prize for La Guerre au nom de l’humanité. Tuer ou laisser mourir (PUF, 2012, preface by Hubert Védrine).

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