Olivier de Frouville

Olivier de Frouville

Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and Director of the Paris Human Rights Center

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  International Human Rights Law  /  International Criminal Law  /  International Law Theory  /  UN Treaty Bodies  /  Special Procedures  /  Civil Society

Olivier de Frouville is a Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and, Director of the Paris Human Rights Center (C.R.D.H.). He is also a member of the Institut Universitaire de France, undertaking a programme of research called ‘On a democratic theory of International Law’. His fields of research cover mainly general international law, the theory of international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.

Professor de Frouville has been invited to teach in many universities in France and abroad. In 2011-2012 he has been a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law and at Clare Hall, a College of Cambridge University. In 2013, he was elected into life membership of the College.

Parallel to his academic career, Olivier de Frouville has worked for more than twenty years as a human rights expert in the United Nations (UN). In June 2019, he was elected as a member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances. Previously he has been a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2015-2018) and of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (2008-2014), of which he was the Chair-Rapporteur between April 2012 and October 2013. He was also a member of the Coordination Committee of UN Special Procedures in 2013-2014.

Between 2009 and 2014 he has been a member of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights in France. Since 2009, he has been an expert appointed by France in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension Moscow mechanism. As Special Envoy of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), Olivier de Frouville has represented this organisation during the negotiations of the Declaration on human rights defenders (1995-1998) and of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearances (2003-2006).

Taught Courses

Somalia, Bossasso prison. Executive Master - Course

Introduction to International Human Rights Law

This course will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law as well as to the functioning of international mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

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Greece, ylakio, pre-removal center. Short Course

Introduction to International Human Rights Law

This short course provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to both substantive human rights law as well as the functioning of international mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

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Publications

Couverture de la publication

Le système de protection des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU : présent et avenir

2018

Olivier de Frouville

Publications du Centre de Recherche sur les Droits de l'Homme et le Droit Humanitaire, Pedone

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Working out a Working Group: a View from a Former Working Group Member

2017

Olivier de Frouville

Aoife Nolan, Rosa Freedman and Therese Murphy (eds), The United Nations Special Procedures System

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Building a Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights: the Way Forward

December 2011

Olivier de Frouville

Cherif Bassiouni and William A. Schabas (eds), New Challenges for the UN Human Rights Machinery, Intersentia

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L’intangibilité des droits de l’Homme en droit international. Régime conventionnel des droits de l’Homme et droit des traités

2004

Olivier de Frouville

Pedone

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