Yasmin Afina

Researcher Security and Technology
  • yasmin.afina@un.org
  • @AfinaYasmin

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. Her research experience and interests cover nuclear weapons policy, outer space security, and wider international security and policy issues surrounding emerging technologies, including neurotechnology, quantum technologies, and cyber.

Yasmin is also a PhD Researcher in law at the University of Essex. She 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. She 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. Yasmin has published over a dozen research papers, op-eds and commentaries on technology policy (including AI, cyber, and neurotechnology) 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 speaks English, French and Indonesian.