About Me

I am an independent consultant in space security and space law, with over 13 years of international experience in academia.

My current research interests focus on space security and the application of the law of armed conflict and the use of force in outer space.

I am Interim Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS)-Canada, and I previously held this full position before taking maternity leave. Formerly I was Acting Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, and Executive Director of the McGill Center for Research in Air and Space Law. Prior to coming to Canada I was a Junior Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I have a PhD in international criminal law, and my book “Translating Guilt” (Springer, 2016) provides a comparative approach to notions of guilt applied in the international tribunals. In 2004 I interned at the International Criminal Court under Judge Navi Pillay, and I have been a Visiting Researcher at universities in Argentina, Canada, Germany and the USA, where I was also a Fulbright Scholar.

Currently, I am the member for Canada on the International Law Association Space Law Committee, an Associate Expert on the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, and I lead the International Space Policy sub-group of the Canadian Space Society Space Policy Commitee. I am also Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, an Associate Fellow of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Women in Aerospace, the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, and the NATO Association of Canada.

I am an Advisory Board Member for the Inter Gentes Journal of International Law and Legal Pluralism, and for the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. I have provided peer reviews for articles and books published in journals throughout Europe and in Canada.

I speak French and Dutch and have a basic understanding of Spanish.