Cecile Aptel

Professor of Practice of International Law


Cécile Aptel is Associate Professor of International Law at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. She has worked for the UN for 20 years, most recently as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Senior Legal Policy Adviser. She has also worked for the then newly-established International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Independent Investigation Commission, and the Office of Internal Oversight Services. A recognized expert in the areas of international criminal justice, transitional justice, and child rights, she has consulted for several other international and non-governmental organizations, notably the International Centre for Transitional Justice, where she established and directed the Program on Children and Transitional Justice. Prof. Aptel was awarded the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship by the United States Institute of Peace in 2010. Her recent publications include: “Unpunished Crimes: The Special Court for Sierra Leone and Children” (The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy, Cambridge Uni. Press, 2014) and "Prosecutorial Discretion at the ICC and Victims’ Right to Remedy: Narrowing the Impunity Gap" (Journal of International Criminal Justice, Oxford Uni. Press, 2012). She has taught widely on international criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights law, and child protection, notably at the Geneva Academy, the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, and Oxford.

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