Mr Giovanni Mantilla
Giovanni Mantilla is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and in 2013-2014 held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on the origins, design, development and effects of international law, norms and institutions, particularly in the fields of humanitarian law (or the law of armed conflict) and human rights. His current work examines the history and politics of the international humanitarian law of internal armed conflicts, including Common Article 3 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the Additional Protocols to those Conventions, from 1977. Why and how did international standards of humane conduct emerge in an area so sensitive to states? What can their origins tell us about their practical operation? Despite the well-known gravity of civil war violence around the world, little systematic theory-driven research has been devoted to these questions, which Mantilla tries to answer through in-depth multi-country archival work. Mantilla's research has been published in academic journals such as Global Governance. While at Princeton, he will work on a book based on his doctoral dissertation, in addition to academic articles and new projects that extend his previous findings.