Yasmin Afina

Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Law School
 Yasmin Afina



Yasmin Afina is a PhD Candidate at the University of Essex, researching on the reliability of artificial intelligence technologies and the legal implications on military targeting. Yasmin has been awarded the University of Essex's Humanities doctoral scholarship to cover her research from 2019 until 2022. Yasmin also serves as research assistant at Chatham House for the International Security programme since April 2019. Yasmins research at Chatham House covers projects related to nuclear weapons systems, space-based military assets, emerging technologies including cyber and artificial intelligence, and international law. In her previous capacities, Yasmins research included international, regional and national cybersecurity policies, the international security implications of quantum computing, and algorithmic bias in autonomous technologies and law enforcement operations. She formerly worked for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)s Security and Technology Programme, and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). Yasmin holds an LL.M. from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, an LL.B. from the University of Essex, and a French Bachelor of Laws and Postgraduate degree (Maîtrise) in International Law from the Université Toulouse I Capitole.


  • LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland (2018)

  • LL.B. University of Essex, UK (2017)

  • Maîtrise en Droit International (Postgraduate Degree in International Law) Université Toulouse I Capitole, France (2017)

  • Licence en Droit (Bachelor of Laws) Université Toulouse I Capitole, France (2016)



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