Orly Stern

Senior HHI Fellow

Consultant, independent researcher

Dr Orly Stern is a researcher, consultant and lawyer, focusing on armed conflict, gender, security and law. Orly has consulted for various international organisations, research institutions and NGOs. She has worked and researched in countries including Iraq, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Jordan, Uganda and South Africa. 

Orly has published extensively in her field. She published an edited compilation about women in South Sudan. Her second book, which conducts a feminist critique of international humanitarian law, is due for publication later this year. She is currently working on a book about women and Islamic State (ISIS), which will be the focus of her fellowship period at Harvard.

Orly has spent much of the past two years working with the United Nations in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. 

Orly holds a PhD in law from the London School of Economics, a Masters in human rights law from Harvard University and degrees in law and psychology from the University of Cape Town. She is a senior fellow with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.