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Humanitarian Law & Policy:
Children in Armed Conflict, Civilian Direct Participation in Hostilities, Classification of Conflicts, Conduct of Hostilities, Enforcement, Gender and Protection, Human Rights in Armed Conflict, Humanitarian Law in Practice, Humanitarian Principles, Implementation, Integrated Missions and Peacekeeping, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Monitoring and Reporting of Violations, Non-State Armed Groups, Occupation Law, Protected Persons, Protection of Civilians, Public International Law, Transitional Justice

Theo Boutruche is an independent consultant in international human rights and humanitarian law (currently legal adviser with the MENA Programme of the International Commission of Jurists). He has previously worked as an employee or as a consultant for various organisations such as Freedom from Torture, Diakonia, REDRESS, Amnesty International, Save the Children and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He conducted research, and fact-finding work in conflict and post-conflict settings such as Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Georgia, DRC, Uganda, and Kenya. He was the IHL/Human Rights Expert of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia. He is also a member of the Harvard Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-finding and contributed as an expert to the drafting of the International Protocol
on the Documentation
and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Basic Standards of Best Practice on the Documentation of Sexual Violence.

He published several articles in law reviews and contributions to books on international law related issues. His Ph.D. thesis on “The Prohibition of Superfluous Injury or Unnecessary Suffering in International Humanitarian Law” was awarded the 2009 ICRC Paul Reuter Prize for international humanitarian law.

He created and manages The Art of Facts – A LEGAL BLOG on Fact-finding and Armed ConflicTS, at:

He is also currently teaching at Notre-Dame University and Saint-Joseph Kaslik University in Lebanon and has taught international law, human rights law and IHL in various universities in Europe, most recently at the University College London.