Prof. Cecile Aptel, Associate Professor of International Law, is currently on leave from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, to serve as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Senior Legal Policy Advisor.
Her expertise is in international criminal justice, international investigations for atrocity crimes and other international crimes, and in human rights, with a particular focus on women and children.
Prior to joining Fletcher, she directed the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Program on Children (2008-2010) and was awarded a 2010 Jennings Randolph senior fellowship by the United States Institute of Peace. She was legal advisor at the UN international tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia (1995–2005) and contributed to the establishment of the War Crimes Chamber in Bosnia-Herzegovina (2005). She directed the legal services of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission and helped establish the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (2006). She consulted for Brookings, UNODC and UNICEF, has advised on rule of law and judicial reform in several countries, including in Southern, Central and Eastern Africa, and in the Middle-East and North Africa.
Prof. Aptel’s research and writing focus on international criminal law, transitional justice, human rights and child rights, and she is currently writing a book on children and international criminal justice.