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Yasmin Afina

Yasmin Afina is a Researcher for the Security and Technology Programme at UNIDIR, where her research covers the intersection between international security, international law and artificial intelligence. Yasmin is also a PhD Researcher in law at the University of Essex. Her research looks into identifying key international humanitarian law considerations for the development, testing and evaluation of AI-enabled technologies for military targeting.

Yasmin previously worked as Research Fellow at Chatham House, where she led the Institute’s work on AI policy, and notably testified in front of the UK House of Lords’ AI in Weapon Systems Select Committee. Her past research experience and interests also cover nuclear weapons policy, outer space security, and wider international security and policy issues surrounding emerging technologies, including neurotechnology, quantum technologies, and cyber.

Yasmin has published over a dozen research papers, op-eds and commentaries on technology policy and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and her work has been cited by a number of media outlets, including the BBC, Politico, and Al Jazeera.

Yasmin holds an LLM from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, an LL.B. from the University of Essex, as well as a French Bachelor of Laws and Postgraduate degree (Maîtrise) in International Law from the Université Toulouse I Capitole. Yasmin speaks English, French and Indonesian.