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Miss Alicia de la Cour Venning, LLB (Hons)/BCom (New Zealand), LLM (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 engaged in doctoral studies, her research surrounds the motivations of non-state armed groups to comply with international humanitarian law, using Myanmar as a case study.

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 between 2011 and 2014, as research manager as well as researcher, having conducted fieldwork in Myanmar and Thailand. The project surrounded investigation of the role of civil society organisations in defining, censuring, and resisting criminal acts committed, instigated or condoned by state agencies. The cross-cultural study focused on six countries (Myanmar, Colombia, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Turkey, and Tunisia) which are undergoing processes of reconstruction following severe violent conflict; and 2) Rapid Descent into Genocide in Myanmar?, whereby Alicia held a research post between 2014 and 2015. The project investigated the extent to which the persecution of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority 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. (2015) ‘Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar’, London: International State Crime Initiative.

Alicia held an Arthur C. Helton Fellowship awarded by the American Society of International Law between 2013 and 2014. Alicia obtained her LLM in Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Criminology (Distinction) from King's College London in 2011. Prior to this, Alicia practised as a solicitor in her home country, New Zealand, where she obtained an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury (2008). Alicia was admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2008.

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


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