School of Law

Miss Alicia de la Cour Venning, LLB (Hons)/BCom (New Zealand), LLM (King's College London), Lawyer (New Zealand qualified)




Alicia is a researcher at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), based in QMUL’s School of Law. Alicia is currently in the final year of her doctoral studies. Alicia’s research investigates the way in which ‘rebel governance’, specifically, armed opposition groups’ strategic engagement with international humanitarian law, is wielded in resistance to state violence.

Previously Alicia worked on two ESRC funded projects with ISCI, both led by Professor Penny Green: 1) Resisting State Crime: A Comparative Study of Civil Society, 2011-14; and 2) Rapid Descent into Genocide in Myanmar?, 2014-15, as one of two lead researchers. The project investigated the extent to which the persecution of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya constitutes genocidal practice. ISCI’s research was conducted within a state crime framework wherein genocide is understood as a process, building over a period of years, and involving an escalation in the dehumanisation and persecution of the target group. ISCI published its results in October 2015: Green, P., MacManus, T., de la Cour Venning, A. ‘Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar’, concluding that the Myanmar government was in fact engaged in genocidal practices against the Rohingya.

Alicia has also worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Nigeria and Vienna.