Dr. Jan Arno Hessbruegge works for the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, where he is responsible for the integration of human rights into policy, guidance and training for United Nations peace operations. He is also a visiting professor in international law at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
He has served in U.N. peacekeeping missions in Sudan (UNMIS) and Haiti (MINUSTAH and MINUJUSTH). Furthermore, he was a legal advisor in the Executive Office of the High Commissioner and at the U.N. Commissions of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Korea. He also worked with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, the Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, the Special Rapporteurs Groups on Human Rights in Darfur and the DR Congo and the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Syrian Arab Republic. In addition, he served as a human rights expert on armed groups in OHCHR’s Rule of Law and Democracy Section. Prior to joining the United Nations, Dr. Hessbruegge worked as a researcher at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and for a United States Institute of Peace Project on the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies in Guatemala.
Dr. Hessbruegge holds a law degree from the University of Muenster, a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University), the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law and a PhD in international law from the European University Viadrina.