Dr Hugo Slim

Senior Research Fellow, Las Casas Institute

Dr Slim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Las Casas Institute where he is leading a research and advocacy project on the ethics and practice of humanitarian aid in the climate emergency. The project asks ‘What is Climate Humanitarianism?’ and is jointly funded by Caritas and Red Cross agencies. He is also the Academic Director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, a network of Universities and Community Colleges in the USA which offers students educational workshops in human rights and is hosted in Oxford by the Las Casas Institute.

Dr Slim’s humanitarian career has combined leadership roles in academia, policy and diplomacy. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and has been Reader in International Humanitarianism at Oxford Brookes University. In Geneva, he has been Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Chief Scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. He has also worked as a frontline humanitarian for Save the Children and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Palestinian Territories, and been on the boards of Oxfam GB and the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

Dr Slim has an MA in Theology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Humanitarian Studies from Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of 30 refereed journal papers and 17 book chapters. His books in include Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty First Century, Hurst 2022; Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster, Hurst/OUP 2015, and Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War, Hurst/OUP 2007. Dr Slim is currently a Visiting Professor at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University.

Email: hugo.slim@bfriars.ox.ac.uk