Dr Helen Durham
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Dr Helen Durham took up the position of Director for International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva on 1 July 2014. In doing so, she has become the first Australian appointed to any ICRC Directorship in the 150 year history of the organisation.
Helen was the Director of IHL, Strategy, Planning and Research at Australian Red Cross and is a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, she has a PhD in international law, with a focus on international criminal prosecution.
Helen regularly publishes in the area of international humanitarian law (IHL) in journals, chapters in books and her most recent joint publication, ‘Documents on the Law of UN Peace Operations’ (Oxford University Press 2011) is widely used internationally by practitioners and policy makers.
In mid-2011 Helen was appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Review of the Red Cross and has also been invited by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to contribute her gender and IHL expertise in updating the Commentaries on the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols.
Helen has worked previously for the ICRC as Head of Office and Legal Adviser to the Sydney office of the ICRC Regional Delegation in the Pacific, as well as for Australian Red Cross as National Manager for IHL. She was also Director of Research at the Asian Pacific Centre of Military Law, Melbourne Law School, from 2006 – 2008 and continues to teach in the Master of Laws program at Melbourne Law School.
She has been involved in ICRC operational work in the field (in Burma, Aceh, the Philippines and the Pacific) and has been part of negotiations for international treaties in New York, Geneva and Rome.
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