Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Fellow, is the Director of the Centre for International Law. Since joining the Institute in 2007, she has developed and led several research projects on human rights, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law, areas in which she also provides training at the Institute. Her expertise lies in cultural heritage and she is currently leading a project on the restitution of cultural objects. Recently, she completed a project analysing the role of intangible cultural heritage in strengthening climate resilience.
Kristin has long worked on cultural heritage matters, including on issues related to conflict. For example, she has conducted legislative reviews in post-conflict contexts in the Middle East and Africa, and analysed the legal frameworks applicable to the armed conflict in Ukraine. She has 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 military personnel and blue helmets (with UNESCO), police officers (with ICCROM and Interpol), and armed groups (with Geneva Call). At present, she is one of the experts developing a training programme on heritage protection with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. She is the chair of the Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Committee of the International Law Association and an expert on heritage in peace processes within the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG).
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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