MEMA Medlir, PhD

  • Position :
  • Adjunct Professor

  • Department :
  • International Affairs
  • E-mail :
  • Languages :
  • English, Albanian, Italian, French, German
  • Education :
  • PhD in Political Science - George Washington University (2015)


    M.A. in European Studies and International Economics - Johns Hopkins University-SAIS Bologna, Italy/Washington D.C. (2006)

  • Teaching :
  • Vesalius College: 2015-present

    • The Breakup of Yugoslavia and Post-War Reconstruction in the Balkans


    Brigham Young University: 2015

    • International Law and Organizations
    • Human Rights


    European University of Tirana (UET): 2013-present

    • Advanced Theories of International Relations


  • Selected Publications :
  • “The International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect” in Daniel Fiott and Joachim Koop, eds., The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Effectiveness, Palgrave Press, 2014 (with Mathias Holvoet)


    “ICC and R2P: Identifying Main Convergences and Possible Conflicts” Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice (edited volume), Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (with Mathias Holvoet)


    “The UN General Assembly Vote Upgrading the Status of Palestine and Its Implications for a Possible Role of the ICC” Institute for European Studies-VUB Policy Brief Series, Brussels, Belgium (May 2013)


    “The role of the United States and the UN Security Council in the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court” Presentation at The International Criminal Court's Second Decade: Quo Vadis Lecture Series, Brussels, Belgium, May 16, 2012


    “Global civil society on the march? Explaining the outcome of the negotiations at the 2010 Review Conference of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court” Paper presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 1, 2011


    “Shifting Alliances: The International Criminal Court and the fight over the crime of aggression” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, March 18, 2011


    “End to Impunity? The Case of the ICC Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (DRC)” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Feb. 18, 2010

  • Other relevant information:
  • Director of Research, Institute of Leadership-Albania Tirana, Albania (2014-present)

    • Build a new research program with the aim of providing research leadership in the area of public policy, electoral politics, and decision making
    • Oversee the institute’s internship program in affiliation with BYU-Idaho


    Research Associate, Institute for European Studies-VUB Brussels, Belgium (2011-present)

    • Belgian-American Education Foundation Fellow
    • Co-organize policy roundtables bringing together EU diplomats, national government officials and NGO representatives on issues related to human rights, international criminal law, and diplomacy
    • Author research articles, policy briefs, and working papers


    Media Researcher, Middle East Policy Council-MEPC Washington D.C, USA (2005-present)

    • Author of the semiweekly Middle East in Focus feature
    • Monitor and review developments in the Middle East from the perspective of the regional media


    Research Fellow, Swedish National Defense College, Stockholm, Sweden (2010-2011)

    • Swedish Institute Fellow
    • Interviewed and established professional relationships with Swedish government officials and civil society representatives involved in the negotiations related and subsequent to the drafting of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court


    Academic Observer, The Review Conference of the ICC Kampala, Uganda (2010)

    • Participated in the negotiations regarding the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction on the crime of aggression and joint stocktaking exercises
    • Cooperated with other NGO participants in the drafting of common positions and policy briefs and lobbied state representatives to favor such positions


    Graduate Research Fellow, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies Washington D.C. (2007-2010)

    • Conducted and published independent research on economic, political, and military developments in the United States and Europe


    Teaching/Research Assistant, The George Washington University Washington D.C. (2006-2010)

    • Research support for faculty with diverse interests and demands, including US foreign and domestic politics, European cultural policies, and UN Security Council negotiations
    • Prepared and deliver lectures on Central Europe, Italian politics, and IR theory
  • Honours & Awards :
  • Belgian-American Educational Foundation (2011-2012)


    Swedish Institute Guest Scholarship Program (2010-2011)


    American Consortium on EU Studies PhD Pre-Dissertation Award (2010)


    Institute for Corporate Responsibility Research Award (2010)


    American Consortium on EU Studies Research Seed Grant (2007)


    George Washington University Graduate Fellowship (2006-2010)