Dr Mindia Vashakmadze

Senior Research Fellow

Project Activities

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan

Other Activities and Research Interests

Public International Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Justice and Security Sector Reform

  • “Russia’s Evolving Approaches to the Protection of Nationals Abroad and the International Law on the Use of Force” in D. Pataraia (ed), International Law: Selected Issues, International Law Book Series of the International Law Institute, vol. I (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Press 2021), pp. 52-78.
  • “Parliamentary Oversight of Military Intelligence Agencies: A Comparative Overview”, in: Parliamentary Oversight of Military Intelligence (Authors: G Jasutis, T Fuior, M Vashakmadze; DCAF: Geneva 2020), pp. 40-72. Available online here
  • Understanding Military Justice: A Practice Note (DCAF: Geneva 2018), electronic version available here.
  • Military Justice in Ukraine: A Guidance Note (DCAF: Geneva 2018) (in English and Ukrainian), electronic version available here.
  • Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine: Between Accountability and Social Reconstruction, in: Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine (Conference Materials, Joint Conference of Ukrainian Helsinki Union for Human Rights, European Society of International Law, and Ukrainian Association of International Law), Kyiv 2017, pp. 16-7, electronic version available here.
  • The Russian Practice of the Forcible Protection of Nationals Abroad: Legal Implications, in W. Czaplinski, S. Debski, R. Tarnogorski and K. Wierczynska (eds), The Case of Crimea’s Annexation under International Law (Scholar Publishing House 2017), pp. 181-197.
  • Collective Responsibility for Water in Central Asia, in P. Pazartzis and M. Gavouneli with A. Gourgourinis and M. Papadaki (eds), Reconceptualizing the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment and Trade (Hart Publishing 2016), pp. 261-275.
  • Book review: A. Carcano, The Transformation of Occupied Territory in International Law (Martinus Nijhoff 2015), in Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 19 (2016), pp. 581-589.
  • The Legal Framework of Security Sector Governance in Georgia – 2016 Updated, (DCAF: Geneva 2016), (in English and Georgian) electronic version available here.
  • Legality of foreign military intervention in international law: four case studies, in Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 18 (2014), pp. 462-506.
  • Защита прав детей, женщин и лиц с ограниченными возможностями здоровья в суде: возможные коллизии, пробелы и пути их решения (Информационно-аналитический обзор международных стандартов и законодательства Кыргызской Республики), Protecting the rights of children, women and disabled persons (analysing international standards and the Kyrgyz legislation), Edited with Chynara Musabekova, Bishkek 2013 (project funded by the European Union).
  • Security sector legislation in the Kyrgyz Republic – A Review (in Kyrgyz and Russian), Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva 2013. More information
  • Security Sector Legislation in the Republic of Tajikistan – A Review (in Russian and Tajik), Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva 2013. More information
  • Secrecy vs. openness. Counterterrorism and the role of the German Federal Constitutional Court. In: Cole, David/ Fabbrini, Federico/Vadaschi, Arianna (eds): Secrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional Law. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2013, pp 44–56.
  • A more proactive European Court of Human Rights? General and individual measures for violations of Article 6(1) of the ECHR – Case of Oleksandr Volkov v. Ukraine (Application No 21722/11) Judgment of 9 January 2013. In: South Caucasus Law Journal, Vol. 4/2013, pp 241–245. (published in English and Russian)
  • Responsibility to protect. In: Simma, Bruno/Khan, Daniel-Erasmus/Nolte, Georg/ Paulus, Andreas (eds): The Charter of the United Nations. A Commentary. Vol 1, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012, pp 1201–1236.
  • Shared responsibility for the prevention of genocide? SHARES Research Paper 14, 2012. Document
  • European Court of Human Rights: Makharadze and Sikharulidze v. Georgia (App. No 35254/07) ECtHR Judgment of 22 November 2011, South Caucasus Law Journal, Vol 3, 2012, pp 258–260. (published in English and Russian)
  • Der Terrorismus und das Völkerrecht: Aktuelle Herausforderungen. In: Spencer, Alexander/Kocks, Alexander/Harbrich, Kai (eds), Terrorismusforschung in Deutschland. Sonderband der Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ZfAS), 2011, pp. 48–75.
  • “Nothing but a road towards secession”. The International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo. (with Matthias Lippold) In: Goettingen Journal of International Law, Vol 2, No. 2/2010, pp 619–647.
  • National Security Courts: A European Perspective In: Pace International Law Review (OP), Vol 1, No 4, April 2010, pp 137–160.
  • Asymmetrical war and the notion of armed conflict. A tentative conceptualization. (with Andreas Paulus) In: International Review of the Red Cross, Vol 91, No 873, 2009, pp 95–125.
  • The Applicability of International Humanitarian Law to “Transnational” Armed Conflicts, EUI Working Papers, European University Institute (EUI), Florence 2009. Document
  • Understanding Military Justice: A Guidebook, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Geneva 2009. (published in English, Arabic and Tajik)
  • Commentary on the Police Act of Nepal; on the Local Administration Act; on the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities, and the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Ordinance; on the Nepal Treaty Act; on the Provisions Concerning Private Security Guards. In: Phuyal, Hari/Urscheler, Marlene (eds): The Security Sector Legislation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Commentaries. Brambauer Publishers, Hungary 2009, pp 71–92.
  • Parliamentary Consent to the Use of German Armed Forces Abroad. The 2008 Decision of the Federal Constitutional Court in the AWACS/Turkey Case. (with Helmut Aust) In: German Law Journal, Vol 9, No 12, 2008, pp 2223–2236.
  • Die Stationierung fremder Truppen im Völkerrecht und ihre demokratische Kontrolle. Eine Untersuchung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung Georgiens. Schriften zum Völkerrecht (SVR), Vol 184, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2008.
  • Parliamentary Control Over the Use of Armed Forces Against Terrorism. (with Andreas Paulus) In: Defence of the Separation of Powers. In: Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, Vol 38, 2007, pp. 113–161.
  • Democracy and Security. The Legal Framework of Security Sector Governance. In: Fluri, Philipp/Cole, Eden (eds): From Revolution to Reform. Georgia’s Struggle with Democratic Institution Building and Security Sector Reform. Vienna/Geneva 2005, pp 29–50.
  • The Role of the Military in Elections, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Working Paper N 159, Geneva 2005.
  • Durchsetzung des humanitären Völkerrechts in Georgien (Implementation of International Humanitarian Law in Georgia), Humanitäres Völkerrecht. Informationsschriften/Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Vol 17, No 4, 2004, pp 234–241.
  • The EU and Russian Hegemony in Georgia. In: Lejiņš, Atis (ed): An Enlarged Europe and its Neighbourhood Policy. The Eastern Dimension. Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga 2004, pp 93–112. (published in English and Latvian).