hilary stauffer

Special Assistant to Deputy Director of Operations, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Hilary Stauffer is an international lawyer with extensive experience working on projects in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her specialties include international law, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. She has a B.A. in International Affairs and a J.D. with a concentration in International Law. 

Currently, she works with United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support the policy and strategic coordination of the humanitarian country team in Iraq. Prior projects have included research into the effects of conflict-related sexual violence, explorations of the legal framework applicable to mercenaries, examinations of different interpretations of freedom of expression and analysis of the international law relating to armed drones.  

Hilary has previously worked as a diplomat in Geneva, an aid worker in Liberia, an NGO executive in Singapore, and a legal officer with the United Nations International Labour Organization.  More recently, she has served as a Special Assistant with OCHA's Operations and Advocacy Division, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and as Deputy Director of Reprieve UK’s human rights and counter-terrorism team. 

Since 2013, she has advised law firms, think tanks and international organizations in London, Geneva, New York, and Brussels on issues relating to international humanitarian law, business and human rights, and the promotion of democracy. She has been featured on the site Women in Foreign Policy, and regularly mentors young women on paths they could take to break into foreign policy and international law. 

Hilary is an experienced public speaker, and has spoken extensively on a variety of international legal topics, including the intersection between human rights and development. In the past, she has regularly contributed on issues of international law and foreign policy for outlets such as the Huffington Post and LinkedIn, where some of her pieces include meditations on increased female representation in international organizations, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.