Vincent Bernard is Executive in Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). Vincent studied political science, law and international relations at the Political Science Institute and Law Faculty in Strasburg, The King’s College, London and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Vincent taught law and political sciences at the University of Marmara in Istanbul before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Dakar in 1998. He worked in humanitarian operations in West and East Africa and in the Middle East for 6 years before supervising field communication in Africa at ICRC’s HQ. As head of the ICRC’s global field communication from 2006 to 2010 he travelled and worked in most of todays’ conflict zones.
From 2010 to 2019, he was editor in chief of the International Review of the Red Cross, the leading academic journal on humanitarian law, policy and action, published by the ICRC and Cambridge University Press. In 2013, he created the Law and Policy Forum, which led ICRC’s engagement with expert audiences interested in teaching, researching and debating international humanitarian law (IHL). Beyond research and innovations in the field of prevention of war crimes, his main areas of interest are humanitarian law and policy and in particular principles governing humanitarian action, new approaches to philanthropy or Memory and War.