Kristin Hausler is the Dorset Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for International Law. Since joining the Institute in 2007, she has developed and led several research projects on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law, areas in which she also provides training at the Institute. Her most recent projects focused on cultural heritage protection, in particular in situations of conflicts. Currently, she is leading a project on the restitution of cultural objects, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, as well as a project analysing the role of intangible cultural heritage in strengthening climate resilience, in cooperation with the Institute of Small and Micro States and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Kristin has worked as a consultant on cultural heritage, such as to review legislative reform in post-conflict contexts. She has also spoken at events around the world, including at the United Nations, and is regularly invited to teach on cultural heritage, such as at the University of Geneva, the University of Trieste, Leiden University, Georgetown Law School or the University of Florida. She has also provided training on heritage protection, including for armed groups (with Geneva Call) and police officers (with ICCROM and Interpol). She is also a member of the Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance Committee of the International Law Association.
Kristin holds a Bachelor and Master of Law from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 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 in Vancouver on the 'Journey Home ' , a project focused on the return of Ancestral remains developed in cooperation with Indigenous communities.
Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director, Centre for International Law
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