Dr Michelle Lesh


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Dr Michelle Lesh is a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School's Institute for International Law and the Humanities. She is teaching International Humanitarian Law in the Melbourne Law Masters program and has taught Principles of Public Law in the JD program. At the London School of Economics summer school she taught international criminal law. Michelle has a PhD in international law from the University of Melbourne and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

At the United Nations, Michelle worked as an international lawyer on a UN Commission of Inquiry and for the UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territory. She has clerked for Israel’s former Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak and worked at the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem She was the principal researcher for the Turkel Commission on investigating alleged violations of the law of armed conflict and an assistant to Roy Schondorf, Israel’s Deputy Attorney General for International Law.

Her research interests include the humanitarian drive of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, specifically in the context of targeted killings and accountability.