Andrea Furger is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School. Her research focuses on international criminal law and state cooperation from an interdisciplinary angle (law/international relations). Andrea’s doctoral thesis examines the complexities of extraterritorial evidence collection in the context of investigations and prosecutions of core international crimes.
Andrea joined MLS in 2022 after over a decade as a practitioner in the field of international criminal justice, mutual legal assistance, human rights, and diplomacy. She worked at the International Criminal Court (Office of the Prosecutor), the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Torture) and the Swiss Federal Public Prosecutor's Office.
Andrea holds an LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict from the University of Nottingham (UK) and a Licence/Master of Arts from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Extraterritorial evidence collection: at the crossroads of international law and politics:
Towards strengthening the systems for extraterritorial evidence collection in the context of investigations and prosecutions of core international crimes
The thesis focuses on exploring what factors inform whether or not states cooperate with international tribunals and domestic judicial authorities in extraterritorial evidence collection in the context of investigations and prosecutions of core international crimes.
International criminal tribunals and domestic jurisdiction that are investigating and prosecuting core international crimes (genocide war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression) on the basis of extraterritorial jurisdiction rely extensively on evidence gathered abroad for the building of their case files. This makes them critically dependant on the cooperation of states on whose territory the information is located, creating a systemic but often overlooked obstacle in the pursuit of criminal justice. Andrea’s thesis seeks examine the complexities of extraterritorial evidence collection in core crimes investigations, through an interdisciplinary and partially empirical lens. Based on the research findings, the study aims to set out proposals for strengthening the current systems so that core international crimes may be more successfully investigated and prosecuted.
- International Criminal Law
- International Humanitarian law
- International Law
- Law and Politics
- Intergovernmental Relations
- Human Rights Law