Luise Druke, DPhil, MPA, LLM

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.

Recent Publications:

Innovations in Refugee Protection: A Compendium of UNHCR’s 60 Years, Including

Case Studies on IT Communities in Humanitarian Operations, Vietnamese Boat People in

Singapore, Chilean Exile and Namibian Repatriation. Peter Lang Academic Publishers: New York, Frankfurt. 2013.

Academics and Practitioners, Mobilizing Academic Involvement for UN Humanitarian Action, Journal of International Organization Studies. 2010 – Volume 1, Issue 1;

Recent UN Studies Initiatives, in UN Studies, Umrisse eines Lehr-und Forschungsfeldes, ed. Manuel Froehlich; The United Nations and Global Change of NOMOS (series). 2008, pp.193-209.

Refugee Policies in Eurasia: The CIS Conference and EU Enlargement Process 1996-2005.

Published by UNHCR, Research Paper No. 129 in the Series New Issues in Refugee Research, and MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice (PHRJ). 2006. and

Dean Martha Minow’s final remarks at Dr. Druke’s Innovations in Refugee Protection book talk, March 6, 2014, Harvard Law School:

It is a fantastic chance to have a window on Luise’s remarkable work and also to learn what it takes to draw lessons from this challenging work. I want to thank you for your presence in our community and for sharing your insights informally and in the book. Everyone here [in the room] has moved once or more in [their lives]. You know how dislocating that is. Imagine if it’s under the circumstances that produce refugees. Imagine if it’s in the circumstances where you have no confidence about your future. [What are t]he prospects of actually providing real assistance under in those circumstances with[in a] quickly changing political environment. What is the role of law? What is the role of any kind of rights? It is a great idea. This book will actually demonstrate what it actually looks like to make rights and law mean something on the ground. I am honored by your presence here.

And I want to commend the Library here for its support of this work and next time you are in the library and see someone working really hard, they may be working on a book as great as this one.