For many years, Pierre Hazan has advised governments and armed groups on questions related to justice, amnesty, reparation, truth commission, forced disappearances, international humanitarian law and human rights. He also worked with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and collaborated with the United Nations in the Balkans. He was a member of the International Contact Group on the Basque Conflict, which co-organized in 2011 the Peace Conference leading to the end of political violence in the Basque country. He worked in many conflict zones in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and in Europe.
In 2015, Pierre Hazan created justiceinfo.net, a media dedicated to justice issues in societies in transition. In 2018, on behalf of the City of Geneva, he was the coordinator of the Declaration of Geneva “Human Rights and Culture Heritage: Committed Cities Working Together”. In 2019-2020, Pierre curated the War and Peace exhibition held at the Martin Bodmer Foundation in partnership with the UN and the ICRC.
A Fellow at Harvard Law School (2005) and at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. (2006), Pierre Hazan has taught at SciencesPo Paris and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). He is also a member of IFIT Law and Peace Practice Group. Pierre Hazan has authored many books and publications, including Amnesty: A blessing in disguise? (Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, 2020), Judging War, Judging History; Behind Peace and Reconciliation (Stanford University Press, 2010), Justice in a Time of War (Texas A&M, 2004). In 2002, Pierre is a founding member of the International Film Festival and Forums on Human Rights.
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.
As a Swiss nonprofit Foundation, HD is supervised by a Board, which serves on a voluntary basis. It sets the mission and the general policy of the Foundation and provides overall supervision of the development and implementation of the organisation’s programme and administration, as managed by the Senior Management Team.
HD’s team has grown from a small group of 6 people in 1999 to more than 300 from over 40 different nationalities today, supervised by a 11 member Senior Management Team. The organisation is made up of individuals driven by meaningful objectives who are dedicated to making a difference through peace and mediation efforts.