Ellen Nohle

Ellen Nohle is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also obtained her LL.M. degree in 2021. Ellen is a Salzburg Cutler Fellow and a Hansell Fellow at the YLS Center for Global Legal Challenges. A Swedish diplomat, lawyer and scholar, Ellen has worked for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Legal Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and Kabul. She also served in the Swedish Armed Forces.

Ellen’s academic focus is the international law of armed conflict. Drawing on social psychology and political philosophy, Ellen’s dissertation explores the intersection between the authority of a minimally just government to issue orders binding on the military and individual servicemembers on the use of armed force, on the one hand, and the legal obligation or right of servicemembers to disobey orders that violate international law, on the other hand. 

Doctoral Committee
Oona Hathaway (chair), Tom Tyler (reader) and Scott Shapiro (reader)

B.A., Law, University of Cambridge (2010)
M.A., International Law and Settlement of Disputes, University for Peace (2012)
B.C.L., University of Oxford (2013)
LL.M., Yale Law School (2021)

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