Dr. Valentina Azarova is an international legal academic and practitioner, who teaches and writes on foreign territorial control, the law of (third) state responsibility, and the international legal practice of non-governmental organizations. She is Visiting Academic at the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), University of Manchester, where she co-teaches a project course on ‘Transnational Public Interest Lawyering’, and Legal and Strategic Advisor to the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN). She is also Associate Editor of the Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law and United Nations Treaty Bodies, and a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Recognition/Non-Recognition.
Valentina has over a decade of experience documenting and engaging in legal actions and advocacy to challenge processes of structural violence of armed conflict, occupation, and economic exploitation with a focus on third party complicity. She has worked with and regularly advises UN bodies and fact-finding missions, states and non-governmental organizations. Valentina co-founded and taught in the BA program in Human Rights and International Law at Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University. She held lecturing positions at Birzeit University and the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik in Lebanon, and research positions at Central European University and Koç University’s Centre for Global Public Law in Istanbul.