Celine Bardet

Expert on Rule of Law and Author

Celine Bardet is a French national, international jurist and international criminal investigator.  

She post graduated in law (international public law and international criminal law) and hold as well a diploma of international criminal investigator.

She is also an author published. 


In 1999, she started her career at the ICTY, after one year in the US on death penalty issues, she then was recruited by the UN Office on Drug and Crime in 2001 where she particularly worked on counter terrorism and organized crime with a particular focus on the implementation of the UN Convention on transnational organized crime (Palermo Convention) and on the Convention against Corruption.


In 2003, she decided to move on long-term field mission. She spent then over 10 years on the field; in Kosovo, FYROM, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia as Director of the legal department with the Office of the High Representative. In Bosnia, appalled by the statu quo on processing war crimes in the Brcko District, with the strong support of Raffi Gregorian, the deputy High Representative, she set up a local unit (Police and Prosecutors) dedicated to prosecute war crimes, organized crime and corruption cases (serious criminal cases) by mentoring, training and developing tools for the Police and Prosecution Unit that led to improvement of conviction.  She among others, conducts the first conviction for rape as a war crime in Brcko district. In Croatia, she supported the creation of USKOK (Special Prosecutor/investigator Unit on Corruption and organized crime) and provides expertise on eight high profile cases of corruption including the Ivo Sanader (former prime minister of Croatia) case with convictions.


Since 2010, she becomes a recognized international expert on security, post conflict justice and rule of law and already conducted missions in Jordan, Morocco, Libya, Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Pakistan, Kenya, DRC, Burundi mainly funded by the EU. She also conducted the mid term evaluation of the EU heroin route program and is involved in the cocaine route program. Overall, Celine Bardet has a total of 15 years of experience in security and justice on post conflict justice, transnational crime (drug trafficking) and corruption. She is specialized in criminal law and investigations/prosecutions techniques. She has been particularly working with law enforcement and prosecution developing tools and methodologies for enhancing coordination and working links between police and prosecutor which aims at improving the number of compelling cases before courts and convictions mainly in the area of war crimes, drug trafficking and corruption.

She has also conducted different project counter corruption related with a particular focus on corruption in law enforcement and judiciary in Serbia, Morocco, Croatia and Jordan. 


In 2011, Celine Bardet published in France “Zones Sensibles”, an auto-biography book relating her experience in the Balkans. The book is well received both by the public and by the media. In particular, Josyane Savigneau publishes her portrait praising the quality of her book in Le Monde. The english version of the book will be released mid 2015. The French version is currently under discussion for a movie adaptation. Two new books are to be published early 2016 on war criminals in the Balkans and on stories of women and rape used as a weapon of war. 

In 2012, she is invited to give a talk at TEDxParis on “ how do we become war criminals? Which reconciliation after the war?”

On June 2014, William Hague and Angelina Jolie invite her at the London first Global Summit on rapes in conflict. . At this occasion, she launched “ We Are NOT Weapons Of War”, an NGO that she co founded, aiming at providing support for victims of rapes in conflict, conduct public campaign to break the taboo and educate. Having witnessed massive rapes in Libya, Kenya, Bosnia and others, she decides to engage publicly in the fight against use of rape in conflict.

On October 2014, she is exceptionally invited again for the five years anniversary of TEdxParis to give a talk on how rape is used as weapon of war. Both TEDx talks are visible on www.tedxparis.com and on this web site.

She is regularly invited as expert on various media included English ones. She also intervene in many conferences upon invitation on sexual violence in conflict, post conflict justice and related subjects.


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June 2014, Libya set pay reparations for victims of rape

An initial decree issued in February sought to recognize the mass rapes perpetrated during the 2011 revolution as war crimes, but it required congressional approval to move forward. The new decree, however, bypasses Libya's congress and establishes a commission to begin evaluating who will be given the financial and medical support, and the scope of the reparations to be provided, according to war crimes lawyer Céline Bardet, who reviewed the policy drafted by Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani. The new decree also makes all rape victims under Qaddafi’s regime eligible for the compensation, not just people who were raped during the 2011 uprising, Bardet tells Newsweek. Article from Zoe Schlanger available on the following link.

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