Michel Erpelding

Michel Erpelding

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Michel Erpelding holds a PhD from Sorbonne Law School (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). His doctoral thesis, which won the 2017 Varenne University Institute Prize in the field of human rights, addresses the International Anti-Slavery Law of ‘Civilized Nations’ (1815-1945). It shows how Western powers tried to use the notion of ‘civilization’ and the public/private divide to condemn slavery while legitimizing forced labour, but ultimately failed to uphold this distinction. Michel’s current research project focusses on historical international courts and tribunals, especially during the Interwar Period. His research interests include general public international law, international legal history, colonial law, humanitarian law and international human rights law. Michel also holds master’s degrees in international law from Sorbonne Law School and Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in modern standard Arabic from the Institut national des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris (France). Since 2013, he has worked as a sessional lecturer in French public law at the Institut du droit des affaires internationales (part of Sorbonne Law School) in Cairo (Egypt).

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