Christelle Rigual is Researcher and Coordinator at the Graduate Institute’s Gender Centre, where she leads the implementation of the r4d/SNSF project ‘The Gender Dimensions of Social Conflict, Armed Violence and Peacebuilding.’ Her academic interests focus on the global governance of security in International Relations, in particular theories, patterns, and regulations of the use of force at the international level (sovereignty, (non)intervention, humanitarian intervention, R2P, conflict management and peacebuilding). Her dissertation investigated and deconstructed the principle of non-intervention and its relationship with the concept of sovereignty since the seventeenth century, demonstrating that non-intervention was not an organizational principle related to early (‘Westphalian’) conceptions of sovereignty, and that its meanings and understandings fluctuated over time. She teaches a course on international relations theories and theorists for the Graduate Institute’s Master Programme in International Relations.
Prior to coordinating research at the Gender Centre, she was Associated Researcher with the Small Arms Survey, where her research and publications focused on international measures on arms control (the Arms Trade Treaty, UN Programme of Action, International Tracing Instrument, and UN sanctions), the authorized global trade in small arms and light weapons, and the proliferation of guided missiles to armed groups. She successfully defended a PhD dissertation in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where she also obtained a Master’s Degree in the same discipline.