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François Bugnion, Master of Arts and Doctor of Political Science (Public International Law), is an independent consultant in humanitarian law and humanitarian action.
He joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1970 and served as a delegate in Israel and the occupied territories (1970-1972), Bangladesh (1973-1974), Turkey and Cyprus (1974), and then as head of mission in Chad (1978), Vietnam and Cambodia (1979).
From 1989 to 1996, he was Deputy Director for Principles and Law at the ICRC; from 1996 to 1998 General Delegate for Eastern Europe and Central Asia; from 1998 to 1999, Diplomatic Adviser of the Directorate and from January 2000 to June 2006, Director for International Law and Cooperation within the Movement at the ICRC as well as a member of the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.
He published more than fifty articles on international humanitarian law or Red Cross history and a reference work on the ICRC: The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Protection of War Victims, MacMillan, Oxford, 2003, lxviii & 1161 pages (original French : Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge et la protection des victimes de la guerre, second edition, ICRC, Geneva, 2000, LV & 1444 pages).
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