Dr Orly Stern is a researcher, consultant and lawyer, focusing on armed conflict, gender, violent extremism and law. Orly has worked and researched in countries including Somalia, Iraq, northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Jordan, Uganda and South Africa. She had consulted for various international organisations, research institutions and NGOs, and has published extensively in her field.
Orly holds a PhD in international humanitarian law from the London School of Economics, and a master's in international human rights law from Harvard Law School. She has held a senior fellowship with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and has taught international criminal law at the University of Cape Town. Her book, Gender, Conflict and International Humanitarian Law: A Critique of the Principle of Distinction, was awarded the International Committee of the Red Cross’s inaugural prize for best published work on international humanitarian law in Africa.
During her fellowship period at the Blavatnik School, Orly will be working on a book on ‘women and economies of war’. She will also be involved with the Oxford Insitute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict's transatlantic research network on atrocities prevention.