Claude Bruderlein

Lecturer on International Health , HSPH
HKS Collateral Appointment (HBS)
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Claude Bruderlein


CLAUDE BRUDERLEIN is Senior Researcher at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. In his research, Mr. Bruderlein focuses particularly on humanitarian negotiations and mediation strategies, the protection of civilians, the development of humanitarian law and the role of information technologies in emergency response.

He is currently serving part-time as Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, focusing on strategic relationships, communities of practice and institutional development. He heads the Humanitarian Negotiation Exchange Platform, an ICRC-based research initiative on frontline diplomacy set up in collaboration with the Future of Diplomacy Program at HKS. In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board.

Before joining Harvard University, Mr. Bruderlein served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs, focusing particularly on issues related to the negotiation of humanitarian access and the targeting of sanctions. He served as an expert to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian impact of sanctions in Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. He has also previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Yemen.


Claude Bruderlein teaches the annual Winter Field Study Course over the January semester (IGA-353M) organized in collaboration with the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative during which students conduct a supervised three-week assessment mission to study a specific humanitarian challenge. In the previous years, the Winter Field Study Course brought students to explore the impact of military occupation on West-Bank youth (2008), the linkages between poverty and conflict in Nepal (2009), conflict transformation in Aceh, Indonesia (2010), the fate of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (2011), the response to human trafficking in Europe (2012), gender and human rights in New Delhi (2013) and the international response to Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan (2014/ 2015). More information on the IGA-353M Winter Field Study Course focusing on the experience in Jordan can be found here .The 2016 Winter Field Study Course will take place in Morocco and will focus on challenges and policy dilemmas of forced migration across North Africa and the Mediterranean.



  • IGA-353M Middle East Field Study Course: Humanitarian Negotiations on the Frontlines

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