Michel Erpelding

Michel Erpelding

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Michel Erpelding is a Senior Research Fellow. Michel holds a Ph.D. (summa cum laude, Prix Varenne 2017, Prix Jacques-Mourgeon 2018, Prix du Département de droit international et européen de l’École doctorale de droit de la Sorbonne 2018) from Sorbonne Law School (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). His doctoral thesis 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 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. Before joining the Max Planck Institute, Michel worked as a Research Administrator and a Teaching Assistant at Sorbonne Law School and at Université Paris-Sud. He is also a sessional lecturer in French public law at the Institut de droit des affaires internationales (Sorbonne Law School/Cairo University). 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.

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