Pierre Hazan

Journalist, Justice Info - Professor - Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

As the former Diplomatic Correspondent, specialized 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 (former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, the Middle-East…). 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 Uni. Press, 2010), and La Paix contre la Justice? (AVE/GRIP, 2010). He is 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 Hazan 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 the 12th March 2014 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Since 2014, Pierre Hazan is a special advisor in Transitional Justice with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an organization specialized in armed conflicts mediation. He is a member of the International Contact Group of the Basque Country, co-organizers 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 Hazan is head of project of a new media, justiceinfo.net, dedicated to justice issues in societies in transition. Justiceinfo.net is a bilingual (English and French) media of la Fondation Hirondelle in partnership with Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).
Pierre Hazan 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 Hazan is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Journalism and Media, Neuchatel University and lectures also at the Geneva Center for Education and Training in Humanitarian Action (CERAH, Geneva University/Graduate Institute). Beginning in January 2014, he is leading a weekly discussion of contemporary historical issues on the Swiss Broadcasting Company program Histoire Vivante.

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