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Eva Svoboda

Senior Research Fellow

Portrait of Eva Svoboda
<p>Eva has worked in emergencies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia for NGOs and the ICRC focusing particularly on protection issues. She has degrees in Middle Eastern Studies as well as International Law. Her current research focuses on civil-military relations and the history of humanitarian action.</p>

2008 Master in Public and International Law
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
1997 Master in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic and Geography
University of Berne, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany


From 1999 to 2012 held various positions within the ICRC (protection coordinator, head of office, head of delegation) in operational contexts in the Middles East, Africa and Asia as well as Headquarters dealing with policy issues.

Prior to joining the ICRC, she worked for NGOs and the Swiss Development Agency in the West Bank and Jordan.

  1. Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions - 2014


  2. The interaction between humanitarian and military actors: where do we go from here?

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Addressing protection needs in Syria: overlooked, difficult, impossible?

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Humanitarian action in the Arab region


  5. Geneva: Peace for Syria may be elusive but humanitarian access need not be

  6. The search for common ground: Police, protection and coordination in Timor-Leste

    Research reports

  7. International Migrants Day

  8. Advancing humanitarian action: engaging with rising global actors to develop new strategic dialogue and partnerships


  9. World Humanitarian Day: counting the costs

  10. July Podcast: democracy, Mali election, aid and the military

  11. Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions - 2013


  12. Protecting civilians in armed conflict


  13. Getting where needed: overcoming aid access obstacles


  14. Humanitarian responses: can history make us wiser?

    Press Release

  15. A global history of modern humanitarian action: Middle East and North Africa regional conference


  16. Iraq 10 years on: examining a decade of turbulence


  17. Humanitarian space at risk ?


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