Stuart Maslen is Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria, specialising in humanitarian protection and the use of force under international law. He holds a doctorate in the law of armed conflict, and master’s degrees in international human rights law and forensic ballistics. In 2016, he served as project manager for the revision of the United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions led by Professor Christof Heyns; The Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death (2016) was published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in May 2017.
Previously, Stuart was the first head of research at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights during 2012–14. Since 2005, he has served as editor for Norwegian People’s Aid on annual reports into the progress of demining programmes worldwide. In 1999–2010 he was a research and training consultant for the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, addressing mine action in more than 25 countries. In the mid-1990s, he served as researcher for the UN Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, worked as legal advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross, and was subsequently the first Coordinator of the NGO Coalition to Stop the Use of Children as Soldiers.
Based in the United Kingdom, Stuart is a native English speaker and speaks fluent French.
[last updated: 1 September 2017]