Claude Bruderlein

Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health

Department of Global Health and Population

Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research
14 Story Street, 2nd floor
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Phone: 617.384.5627


Claude Bruderlein, is Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Senior Researcher at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. In his research, Mr. Bruderlein focuses particularly on humanitarian negotiation,  the development of humanitarian law, the promotion of human security strategies, as well as the role of information technologies in emergency response.

He is currently serving as Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, focusing on strategic relationships, communities of practice and institutional development. In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board until 2012.

Before joining Harvard University, Mr. Bruderlein served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs, focusing particularly on issues related to the negotiation of humanitarian access and the targeting of sanctions. He worked on negotiation of access in Afghanistan and North Korea. He also served as an independent expert to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian impact of sanctions in Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. He has previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a field delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Yemen.


Claude Bruderlein teaches the annual Winter Field Study Course over the January semester (GHP-543) during which students conduct a supervised three-week assessment mission to study a specific humanitarian challenge. In the previous years, the Winter Field Study Course brought students to explore the impact of military occupation on West-Bank youth (2008), the linkages between poverty and conflict in Nepal (2009), conflict transformation in Aceh, Indonesia (2010), the fate of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (2011), the response to human trafficking in Europe (2012), gender and human rights in New Delhi (2013) and the international response to Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan (2014 – 2015). The 2016 edition of the course is expected to focus on conflict migration in North Africa. This course is cross-listed as IGA-353M with the Kennedy School of Government.


BA McGill University (Montreal)

Licence en droit (Geneva)

LL.M. Harvard Law School.