PhD Students

Miss Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller

Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller (MAS/LLM) is PhD candidate in Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict) at Essex School of Law. In addition to this Natia is an invited lecturer in International Humanitarian Law at the Tbilisi State University, Institute of International Law (2008-to present) teaching both at the LLB and LLM Level (language of instruction: Georgian and English, as well as Russian).

Natia's recent professional activities include giving legal advice in International Law to the Office of the State Minister for Reintegration for Georgia (January-March 2013) as well as being an invited lecturer to the Geneva University, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action (April 2013).

Natia has worked as a Chief Legal Specialist in the division of International Law and International Organizations at the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration, a key ministry dealing with the conflicts in Georgia (January 2008 – August 2009). Prior to coming to Essex, Natia was a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland (November 2011 – October 2012).

Natia has also worked with various international organizations, amongst them the British Red Cross (speaker in Humanitarian Law), World Vision-Georgia (legal consultant for the Child Welfare Reform Program), and Dover Detainee Visitors Group UK (working on detainee rights).

Natia’s professional affiliations include the International Law Association –Swiss Branch, where she is a member of the Recognition/Non-Recognition Committee since 2012.

Natia speaks Georgian, English, Russian, French and Spanish. 


Natia holds a Master of Advanced Studies/LLM in International Humanitarian Law (2006-2007) from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland.

Prior to this Natia obtained the Law Degree and Master Degree in International Law (2001-2006) from Ivane Javakishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law, Tbilisi, Georgia.


Research interests

Natia specializes in Humanitarian Law. Hence, her research interests centre around the relationship between Public International Law and Humanitarian Law, including topics such as self-determination, state formation, use of force and the United Nations (Security Council power), state responsibility, conflict classification, conduct of hostilities and weapons, implementation of Human Rights and of Humanitarian Law.



(With Krisztina Huszti Orban) “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an Armed Conflict? – The classification of the situation in Syria”, 1 Journal of International Law (2012); also at

 ჰუმანიტარული სამართალი და ადამიანის უფლებები” [„Humanitarian Law and Human Rights“], in Review of Human Rights Essays, ed. Konstantin Korkelia, Tbilisi, GTZ 2010.

 “საერთაშორისო საპოლიციო მისია, როგორც ადამიანის უფლებათა დაცვის საშუალება კონფლიქტით დაზარალებულ ქვეყნებში[„International Police missions as a tool for Human Rights protection in conflict torn countires], in Konstantin Korkelia (ed.), Modern Challanges of the Protection of Human Rights, Tbilisi, GTZ, 2009, pp. 129-145. Also available at

Blog Posts

Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller, The Status of the Territory Unchanged: Russia’s Treaties with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia, Opinio Juris, April 20, 2015.

Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller, On the Occasion of the Five-year Anniversary of the Russian-Georgian War: Is Georgia Occupied?, EJIL: Talk!, October 1, 2013.

Book Reviews

Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller,Karen Da Costa: The Extraterritorial Application of Selected Human Rights Treaties”, Human Rights Law Review, Volume 14, issue 4, pages 784-786 

Study areas

International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict) and Public International Law  

SupervisorDr. Noam Lubell
Thesis titleMilitary Occupation

Invited Lecturer, “The Law of Military Occupation”, at the ETH Zurich, in the course of Prof. Andreas R. Ziegler (Holder of the Chair in Public International Law at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Zurich, Switzerland, 24 April 2015.

Expert presentation on “The Means and Methods of Warfare in IHL”, as part of the Thematic Workshop on the Interaction of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) during armed conflicts, Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia, 24-25 January 2015.

Seminar given at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the context of LLM programe for IHL students: "South Caucasus and Paradigms of Occupation Law", 7 November 2012, ICHR, NUI Galway, Ireland.

Presentation for the Washington Summer School “Military Occupation in Humanitarian Law and the Relationship of Humanitarian Law With Human Rights”, Galway 22 August 2012, ICHR, Galway, Ireland.

Participant at the International Law Association 75th conference ‘Law for a Peaceful World”, Sofia, Bulgaria, 26-30 August 2012.

Participant at the “ ‘Jus Post-Bellum’: Mapping the normative foundations”, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands, May 31-June 1, 2012.

Participant at the International Humanitarian Law and New Weapon Technologies International Institute of International Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, 8-10 September 2011. 

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