Céline Bardet – Founder and President

Céline Bardet is an international jurist specializing in war crimes, international crimes, as well as justice and security issues. She works as a legal expert for the United Nations, the European Union or institutions such as Interpol.

When just 27, she began her career at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague under Judge Claude Jorda.

Between 2001 and 2004, she worked at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) particularly on terrorism and organized crime issues such as the attacks of September 11, 2001.

In 2004, she decided to devote herself to long field missions, setting priorities on post-conflict justice, war crimes, and security issues.

In 2007, she was appointed Legal Director and Advisor to the Principal Deputy High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR), Mr. Raffi Gregorian. For more than three years, she worked with victims, and local institutions to develop the war crimes legal process. She created a “war crimes” unit at Brčko, trained a team of prosecutors and police officers, and coordinated investigations and several war crimes trials. In particular, she initiated the first trial for rape as a war crime at Brčko.

In April 2011 her book “Sensitive Zones – A woman Against War Criminals” was published by Toucan:  she describes her years in the Balkans, and the difficulty of setting up justice at a local level.

In 2014, she was invited by William Hague and Angelina Jolie to the first Global Summit on Rape in Conflict. At the same time, she decided to found the NGO “We Are NOT Weapons of War (WWoW)” which aims to transform and develop field work techniques on war rape, and to improve the access to justice for victims. She is now the President of WWoW.