Cecile Aptel Photo
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, HSPH

Professor Cécile Aptel is the director of policy, strategy and knowledge at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where she manages international humanitarian programs. She is also visiting professor at Harvard University and an Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights of the Pretoria University.

A recognized expert in the areas of international criminal justice, transitional justice and child rights, she has over 20 years of experience in international affairs, working primarily with the U.N., managing legal and policy programs, notably at the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Independent Investigation Commission, and the U.N. Internal Oversight Services. Prof.

Aptel has also worked for the European Union, think-tanks and NGOs, including the International Centre for Transitional Justice, where she established and directed the Program on Children and Transitional Justice. She was awarded the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship by the United States Institute of Peace in 2010. Her recent publications include: "Child Slaves and Child Brides," (Journal of International Criminal Justice, Oxford Uni. Press, 2016); "The Rights of Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law: a Human Rights’ Perspective," (Africa and the ICC, 10 Years On, 2015); "Des limites et du potentiel de la justice pénale internationale," (Etudes interculturelles, 2014); and "Unpunished Crimes: The Special Court for Sierra Leone and Children," (The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy, Cambridge Uni. Press 2014).

Her forthcoming publications include: "The protection of children in armed conflict," (International Children’s Rights Law, forthcoming 2018) and Transitional Justice and Children: Prioritizing Reform of the Education Sector (co-authored, 2018).


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