Cecile Aptel (left) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Cecile's an Associate Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. She joined that faculty after serving as the 2010 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. Before that, Cecile followed a rich career in entities -- governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental -- dealing with aspects of humanitarian law. These included: the State Court of
Bosnia-Herzegovina War Crimes Chamber, the Special
Tribunal for Lebanon, the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the European Union, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crimes.
She has particular expertise on children's issues; the subject of her introductory post below is the treatment of child soldiering in the just-released Special Court for Sierra Leone judgment of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Her work in this area includes leadership of the International Center for Transitional Justice's Program on Children and publication of "International Criminal Justice and Child Protection," chapter 3 of a 2010 UNICEF volume.