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Jérémie Labbé

Research Fellow for Humanitarian Affairs | labbe@ipinst.org

Jérémie Labbé joined IPI in August 2010 to work on humanitarian issues, including the HOPEFOR initiative, a project aimed at improving civil-military coordination in response to large-scale natural disasters. Since then, Jérémie has developed a new IPI program on humanitarian affairs, including IPI’s Humanitarian Affairs Series that provides a dedicated forum for senior humanitarian practitioners in the field to meet with the broader UN and diplomatic community in New York. His work focuses on the adaptation of the international humanitarian system to a changing world, the relevance of humanitarian principles, protection of civilians and international humanitarian law, and the relation between humanitarian action and UN integration.

Before joining IPI, Jérémie worked for several years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), both in its headquarters in Geneva and in different field missions in India, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Iraq. His work with the ICRC primarily focused on legal issues (international humanitarian law and human rights law), and on protection issues in relation to people deprived of freedom, the protection of civilians, and the re-establishment of family links.

Jérémie studied international public law in the University of Leiden, Netherlands, and holds a master's degree in international humanitarian law and human rights law from the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France.

He tweets at @jeremie_labbe.

Selected Publications:

• “Humanitarian Aid vs. Resilience Debate Should Put Priorities in Context,” The Global Observatory, March 28, 2014.

• “ Where is the Regional Cooperation in Addressing Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis?,” The Global Observatory, December 3, 2013.

• “Cooperation from Crisis? Regional responses to Humanitarian Emergencies,” New York: International Peace Institute, September 2013 (with Lilianne Fan and Walter Kemp).

• “1950s UN Resolution Could Break Security Council Deadlock on Syria,” The Global Observatory, September 27, 2013.

• “Is MONUSCO Lost in Translation?” The Global Observatory, August 28, 2013.

• “Humanitarian Engagement in Contemporary Complex Emergencies” (2013 New York Seminar report), New York: International Peace Institute, August 2013.

• “Second-Best Outcome from Geneva II: Scaled-up Humanitarian Action in Syria,” The Global Observatory, June 13, 2013.

• “Cross-border Humanitarian Aid in Syria Has Legal Basis but Few Precedents,” The Global Observatory, May 10, 2013 (with Tilman Rodenhauser).

• “Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge” (meeting report), New York: International Peace Institute, February 2013 (with Chris Perry).

• “Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges,” New York: International Peace Institute, November 2012.

• “Engaging Nonstate Armed Groups on the Protection of Children: Towards Strategic Complementarity,” New York: International Peace Institute, April 2012 (with Reno Meyer).

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