- Elisabeth Schweiger
- Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK
- Research Interests
- UN Security Council, War on terror, Discourse Theory, critical theory, International Law & International Relations, Law and Regulation
Droning Silence - Targeted Killing and the Significance of Silence in International Law Formation
Supervisors: Dr. Xavier Guillaume and Dr. Andrea Birdsall
Abstract: Customary international law changes through consistent state practice and the reactions of governments (opinio juris). It is before this background that the silence of a majority of governments – as in the case of drone killings – can become legally significant. It has been used as evidence by international law experts in the struggle for or against a changing right to self-defence. This PhD explores the functions of silence as acquiescence in international law formation from a discursive perspective and critically investigates the construction and reproduction of silence in the diplomatic discourse on counterterrorism force and targeted killing.
CONFERENCE PAPERS and PUBLICATIONS
03/2015 “The Risks of Remaining Silent – International Law
Formation and the EU Silence on Drone Killings”
Article published at Global Affairs 2015, Issue 3, Volume 1
07/2014 “Targeted Killing in International Law”
Paper Presentation at the University of Bremen, BIGSSS Summer School
09/2013 “You Are What You Eat – The Hauzenberg Protest
against Food Packages and What it Says About Bare
Paper Presentation at the University of Sussex, Centre for Advanced International Theory, Workshop ‘Discipline(s), Dissent and Dispossession’
12/2015 Silence Mini-Conference at the University of Edinburgh
In order to build up a network of researchers in social sciences who are interested in studying the functions and effects of silence in political discourse, my colleague Rosie Anderson and I have organized and convened a one-day conference at the University of Edinburgh. This has initiated a number of projects and output ideas and set up an inspiring network of researchers at different stages of their careers.
I have taught more than fifteen tutorial groups of undergraduate students in ‘Introduction to Politics and International Relations’, ‘Political Thinkers’ , 'Theories of International Relations' and 'Global Security' at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.
In my tutorials I incorporate different teaching techniques from structured debates, small group work, poster presentations and role plays. I have improved teaching skills through workshops in teaching methods offered by the SSPS and the Institute for Academic Development and have further researched and experimented with didactic methods such as the 'fishbowl debate'.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
From July 2015, I have worked as Research and Evaluation Associate for EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council) in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council. Regarding the policy implementation of 'Reshaping Care for Older People' I have conducted evaluation across over 20 organisations and developed a new evaluation tool which captures the impact of funded projects on the individual, household, community and system level to evaluate outcomes on a city-wide scale. In the context of this work, I have formulated and presented a number of policy briefs and recommendations at the City of Edinburgh Council. I am currently working on evaluation tools to measure social return for investment of preventive projects.
Convenor of the International Relations Research Group at the University of Edinburgh with weekly meetings of staff members and PhD students
Convenor of the PhD Discussion Group Challenge, facilitating weekly, cross-disciplinary debates on current political issues
From 2014 University of Edinburgh
PhD International Relations
2012 - 2013 University of Aberdeen
MSc International Relations With distinction
2008 - 2012: University of Passau, Germany
BA Governance and Public Policy 1st class