Cecile Aptel

Associate Professor of International Law


Cecile Aptel, Associate Professor of International Law, specializes in international criminal law, transitional justice, and the rights of women and children. She has worked in these areas since the early 1990s, and advised on rule of law, human rights, and judicial reforms, in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. From 1995 to 2005, she contributed to the activities of the UN International Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. She then participated in international investigations for human rights violations and terrorism, including at the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (‘Hariri Commission’), and supported the establishment of the Tribunal for Lebanon and the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has also directed the International Center for Transitional Justice’s program on children and justice and has advised UNICEF on related issues. She is on leave until December 2014 to work as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Senior Legal Policy Adviser in Geneva.

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