Claude Bruderlein, a Senior Researcher at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Bruderlein holds a Faculty appointment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. Professor Bruderlein also teaches the winter field session course “Assessing the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Critical Review of National and International Responses.” In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board. In his research, Professor Bruderlein focuses particularly on the protection of civilians, the development of humanitarian law, the promotion of human security strategies, and the role of information technologies in emergency response. Before joining Harvard University, Professor Bruderlein served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs and 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. He is Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Director of the Geneva-based Centre of Competence in Humanitarian Negotiation. After obtaining a B.A. in economics and political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he was granted a law degree from the University of Geneva Law School. Professor Bruderlein received a Master’s degree in Law from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar.

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