September 2023 - October 2025
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Application end 30 April 2023

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 Criminal Law  /  Public International Law  /  International Law Theory  /  International Human Rights Law  /  UN System for the Protection of Human Rights  /  International 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 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). He is a member and the Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances and a former 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, including the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system, as well as the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).

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A general view at a 26th session of the Human Rights Council. Executive Master - Course

The Implementation of International Human Rights Law

This course will present the institutions and procedures in charge of the implementation of international human rights law (European, African, Inter-American and the United Nations).

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From Cosmopolitanism to Human Rights


Olivier de Frouville

Hart Publishing

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Droit international public

November 2020

Olivier de Frouville, Emmanuel Decaux


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Droit international pénal: Sources, incriminations, responsabilité

March 2012

Olivier de Frouville, Anne-Laure Chaumette


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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


Olivier de Frouville


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