Vanessa Murphy is a Legal Adviser at the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Her present work focuses, among other issues, on the protection of the environment in armed conflict and she is a co-author of the ICRC’s updated Guidelines on the Protection of the Natural Environment in Armed Conflict. Her other thematic files include the protection of children, access to education, sexual violence, and gender in armed conflict. Prior to joining the ICRC in 2016, she worked at AO Advocates, a UK-based law firm specializing in litigation for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and at Hestia, a UK NGO delivering support services for victims of sexual violence and human-trafficking. Her professional experience also includes work for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces, Human Rights Now, and the International Criminal Law Media Review.
She holds an LLM in international humanitarian law from the Geneva Academy, a Graduate Diploma of Law in the UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Yale University.
Posts by the contributor
Gendered impacts of armed conflict and implications for the application of IHL
14 mins read Gender and conflict / Humanitarian Action / Law and Conflict Helen Durham, Cordula Droege, Lindsey Cameron & Vanessa Murphy
Walking the talk on SGBV: an implementation checklist to narrow the gaps between international law and domestic practice
11 mins read Analysis / Gender and conflict / Generating Respect for IHL / Humanitarian Action / Law and Conflict / Sexual Violence Rachael Kitching, Vanessa Murphy & Kelisiana Thynne
Fighting without a Planet B: how IHL protects the natural environment in armed conflict
17 mins read Humanitarian Action / Law and Conflict / War, law and the environment Vanessa Murphy & Helen Obregón Gieseken
GCIII Commentary: I’m a woman and a POW in a pandemic. What does the Third Geneva Convention mean for me?
11 mins read Analysis / GCIII Commentary / Gender and conflict / Generating Respect for IHL / Health Care / Humanitarian Action / Law and Conflict / Sexual Violence Heleen Hiemstra & Vanessa Murphy
Equal treatment for women in State armed forces: Three practical implications for medical care
13 mins read Gender and conflict / Health Care / Law and Conflict / Sexual Violence Helen Durham & Vanessa Murphy