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Kristin Hausler

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Kristin Hausler is the Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law. Since joining the Institute in 2007, she has developed and led several human rights projects advising governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations. One of her projects led to the publication of a handbook on the protection of education, which is now being updated yearly. Recently, she completed reports regarding climate change, reparations, disaster response, and human rights and the rule of law in Turkey. At present, she is leading a three-year project on the enforcement of the right to cultural heritage, as well as a follow-up study on the protection of education in the MENA region.

Her expertise lies primarily in international human rights law. She is also a member of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the International Law Association, for which she co-authored a report on the import and export of cultural objects which has now been published in a handbook on cultural heritage. She also published a book chapter on cultural heritage in armed conflicts for the War Report and occasionally lectures on this topic.

Kristin holds a Bachelor and Master of Law from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where she wrote on the use of force by states, and an LL.M. from the University of British Columbia (Canada), where her thesis was on the resolution of cultural heritage disputes. Kristin has a background in the cultural sector, having worked in museums and studied modern and contemporary art at Christie's in New York. Before joining the Institute, she worked for several years in Vancouver on the 'Journey Home', a field project developed with various Indigenous communities, which has been the object of a chapter in a publication focused on repatriation.

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