Dr. Luise Druke has 40 years’ experience working, writing and teaching in the areas of protection of refugees, returnees and civilians in armed conflicts and peace operations, European harmonization of asylum, conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian governance. She is Co-Chair of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration at MIT, and a study group leader at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education (at HILR), teaching international relations. In addition, she serves as a university lecturer at Suffolk University and Leibniz University Hannover, focusing on UN and humanitarian governance and refugee policy.
Dr. Druke headed UNHCR missions from 1977-2006. She has lectured at the Faculty of Law and the European Institute at the University of Nice (1989-1997), at Boston University (Graduate Program in IR, 1993/1994) and presented seminars at Harvard University. She remains involved teaching seminars and conducting research, while serving on advisory boards such as the UN Studies Association and as member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Her publications include 14 books (also edited and co-edited) and 37 articles which address UN conflict prevention and UNHCR refugee protection worldwide. Her latest research has been supported by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Harvard Law School as well as the UNHCR, the Program on Human Rights & Justice and the Center for International Studies at MIT.