Dr Helen Durham

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Dr Helen Durham

Senior Fellow | Lieber

Dr Helen Durham is a global expert in international humanitarian law, humanitarian action and diplomacy. From 2014 until 2022 she was Director of International law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Previous to this role she was Director of Law, Research and Strategy at Australian Red Cross, regional legal adviser to the ICRC delegation to the Pacific and Head of Office ICRC Australia. Helen has also been Director of Research at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law as well as a teacher and supervisor in the Master program, Melbourne Law School. She has a Doctorate of Juridical Science in international law (IHL and ICL) and an honours degree in Law and Arts. Helen has significant field experience in Asia and the Pacific, as well as engagement in the Middle East, Africa and diplomatic negotiations in NY, Brussels and Geneva.  She is widely published, in particular in the area of women and armed conflict. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia.

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