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Pierre Hazan

As the former Diplomatic Correspondent specialised in humanitarian action and international justice for the daily newspapers Libération (Paris) and Le Temps (Geneva), Pierre Hazan has been a close observer of many conflicts, including in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and the Middle East. As a Fellow at Harvard Law School (2005) and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. (2006), his published works include Justice in a Time of War (Texas A&M), Judging War, Judging History; Behind Peace and Reconciliation (Stanford University Press, 2010), and La Paix contre la Justice? (AVE/GRIP, 2010). He is also the editor of The Tenth Anniversary of the International Criminal Court, the Challenges of Complementarity (Politorbis, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2012).

In recent years, Pierre has collaborated with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 2013, he was also a U.N. expert with the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights for two reports, respectively the Report on the writing and teaching of history (A/68/296) presented to the U.N. General Assembly in Autumn 2013 in New York, and the Report on memorialization processes (A/HRC/25/49) presented on 12 March 2014 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Since 2014, Pierre has been a special advisor in Transitional Justice with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. He is also a member of the International Contact Group of the Basque Country, co-organisers of the 2011 Peace Conference, which led to the end of political violence in the Basque Country. He also works with La Fondation Hirondelle, which creates or supports independent, civic-minded news media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones. Since June 2015, Pierre has been the head of a new media project,, which is dedicated to justice issues in societies in transition. is a bilingual (English and French) media project of La Fondation Hirondelle in partnership with Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).

Pierre is currently a lecturer at the Geneva University of Art and Design, where he co-chairs a research project on Memories in Divided Societies. In January and February 2015, this research led to an exhibition in Geneva called “Beyond the Monument”. Pierre is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Journalism and Media, Neuchatel University and also lectures at the Geneva Center for Education and Training in Humanitarian Action (CERAH, Geneva University/Graduate Institute). In 2014, he led a weekly discussion of contemporary historical issues on the Swiss Broadcasting Company program Histoire Vivante. In 2016, he was invited to serve as the guest editor of The International Journal of Transitional Justice for a special issue on “Beyond Borders: Regional Dimensions and Dynamics of Transitional Justice”.

Working languages: French and English