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Humanitarian Law & Policy:
Conduct of Hostilities, Gender and Protection, Human Rights in Armed Conflict, Humanitarian Law in Practice, International Humanitarian Law, Islamic Law and Customs, Monitoring and Reporting of Violations, Non-State Armed Groups, Protection of Civilians, Protection Strategies, Public International Law, Refugees and IDPs
Leadership & Management of Humanitarian Action:
Actor Mapping, Coordination, Decision-making, Innovation, Leadership, Needs Assessment, Negotiation and Mediation

Cynthia Petrigh is an acknowledged international expert in humanitarian law and norms, with more than 20 years' experience of intervention in conflict and post-conflict situations. In 2012, Cynthia Petrigh created Beyond (Peace), a company specialising in training armed forces and non-state armed groups, investigating human rights violations, and providing support to peace processes.

Cynthia’s career highlights include: peace process support in Mindanao (founding member of the International Contact Group in support of the Malaysian mediation); support to National Dialogue in Yemen; investigator for human rights violations and sexual violence in Kirghizistan; international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights expert for the cease-fire monitoring mission in Mindanao (International Monitoring Team); founder and Executive Director of Nassim Center for the rehabilitation of victims of torture (Lebanon); senior positions/Head of Mission in various NGOs (including Danish Refugee Council, Conciliation Resources); training of Malian armed
forces in IHL, human rights and prevention of sexual violence (European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) - 2700 soldiers trained); confidential advice to rebel groups on cease-fire negotiation, humanitarian access, human rights and prevention of sexual violence. Cynthia is the author of a number of publications concerning humanitarian best-practice, including an IHL training
manual for combatants and a training manual on sexual violence prevention for peace-keeping troops; she co-authored Harvard HPCR's advanced practitioner's handbook on Commissions of Inquiry.

A senior figure in the field of humanitarian affairs, Cynthia is a member of the Institute of International Humanitarian Law (Sanremo); the PSVI team of experts (UK Government); the OSCE Mediation and Dialogue Expert Roster; the Harvard Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Fact-Finding and Reporting; Women in International Security (WIIS); and the United Nations Senior Women Talent Pipeline initiative.

[FR] Experte internationale de nationalité française avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans des situations de conflit et post-conflit, Cynthia Petrigh est la fondatrice de la société Beyond (peace), spécialisée dans la formation des combattants (forces armées et groupes armés non-étatiques), les enquêtes sur les violations de droits de l’homme et le soutien aux processus de paix.
Son expérience inclut : soutien au processus de paix pour Mindanao (membre fondateur du groupe de contact international) ; soutien au Dialogue National au Yémen ; enquêtrice sur les violations des droits de l’homme et les violences sexuelles lors d’enquêtes internationales (Kirghizstan) ; experte DIH/droits de l’homme de la mission de cessez-le-feu de Mindanao (International Monitoring Team) ; fondatrice et directrice exécutive du centre Nassim pour la réhabilitation des victimes de la torture (Liban) ; positions de direction au sein d’ONG (Chef de mission pour Danish Refugee Council, Director of Policy pour Conciliation Resources, à Londres) ; formation des forces armées du Mali en DIH, droits de l’homme et prévention de la violence sexuelle dans le cadre de l’EUTM (European Union Training Mission in Mali, 2700 soldats formés); conseil confidentiel pour des groupes rebelles sur la négociation de cessez-le-feu, l’accès humanitaire ; les droits de l’homme et la prévention de la violence sexuelle.
Cynthia Petrigh est l’auteur de nombreuses publications dont un Manuel de formation des combattants au DIH et un manuel de formation sur la violence sexuelle pour les troupes de maintien de la paix.
Membre du Harvard Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Fact-Finding and Reporting, de Women in International Security (WIIS) et de l’Institut International de droit humanitaire à Sanremo, elle a été identifiée par l’initiative des Nations Unies Senior Women talent Pipeline.