Researcher and lecturer, Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law, Palacký University
Post-doctoral research fellow, South African Research Chair in International Law, University of Johannesburg
Education and professional experience
Dr Svicevic is a researcher and lecturer focusing on international law and the use of force. His research primarily focuses on the legality of states to resort to the use of armed force. His main research areas include UN Security Council authorisation of the use of force by states and international/regional organisations; self-defence, military assistance on request; and the use of force against non-state actors.
Dr Svicevic completed his Bachelor of Arts in Law (BA (Law), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Doctor of Laws (LLD) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr Erika de Wet (University of Graz, Austria) focused on UN Security Council authorisation of the use of force in international law with a particular focus on African regional and sub-regional organisational practice. Dr Svicevic holds the record for the youngest recipient of the doctoral degree within the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. He is currently also a post-doctoral research fellow at the South African Research Chair in International Law (University of Johannesburg).
- Marko Svicevic & Martha Bradley (eds), The Cabo Delgado Conflict: Human Rights, International Law and Security (forthcoming Routledge 2023).
- Marko Svicevic, Collective self-defence or regional enforcement action: The legality of a SADC intervention in Cabo Delgado and the question of Mozambican consent’ (2022) Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 138 – 170
- JJ du Toit & Marko Svicevic, ‘The calling of witnesses viva voce during the extradition procedure: is it a legal requirement?’ (2022) 1 Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg/Journal of South African Law 50 – 75
- Marko Svicevic, ‘Re-assessing the (continued) need for UN Security Council authorisation of reginal enforcement action: The African Union 20 years on’ (2021) 45 South African Yearbook of International Law 1 – 28
- Compendium of Documents Relating to Regional and Sub-Regional Peace and Security in Africa (2nd ed, 2021, Pretoria University Law Press) pp. 823
- JJ du Toit & Marko Svicevic, ‘The unconstitutionality of section 5(1)(a) of the Extradition Act 67 of 1962 – implications for ongoing and future extradition proceedings in light of a decision of the Constitutional Court’ (2021) 3 Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg/Journal of South African Law
- De Wet, E & Svicevic, M. The military clauses in the Treaty of Versailles and the birth of a collective security system (2020) Société française pour le droit international, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht, Le Traité de Versailles: regards franco-allemands en droit international à l’occasion du centenaire / The Versailles Treaty: French and German Perspectives in International Law on the Occasion of the Centenary, Paris, Pedone
Membership and editorial activities:
- Full Member of the European Society of International Law
- Associate Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
- Member of the International Law Association (South Africa Branch)
- Full Member of the Association of Young Criminal Lawyers
- Regional coordinator, Digest of State Practice, Journal of the Use of Force and International law