Hilary Stauffer

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Views expressed are solely personal.

Hilary served as a diplomat in Geneva, an aid worker in Africa, an NGO executive in Singapore, a Legal Officer with the United Nations' International Labour Organization and Deputy Director of the "War on Terror" team of Reprieve UK. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics' Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Hilary has a B.A. in International Affairs and a J.D. with a concentration in International Law.
Human Rights Day: The Antidote to

Human Rights Day: The Antidote to Trump-Mania

So, on this Human Rights Day, embrace your fundamental human right to freedom of expression to tell The Donald that you don't think the world is quite as scary as he makes out. The good news is, if we all take the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to heart, it won't be.
11/12/2015 10:51 GMT
Save Syria Out of

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.
25/08/2015 18:10 BST
I'm Happy to Lean In - But First, I Need a Seat at the

I'm Happy to Lean In - But First, I Need a Seat at the Table

For centuries, we've been stuck with the status quo: in the corporate world, in international affairs, in education, sports, media and everything in-between. The present state of affairs is very evidently not working, and yet it endures. It's time to start saying, loudly, "this isn't good enough anymore."
06/03/2015 18:09 GMT
A Tale of Two Immigration Speeches: What Is Britain So Afraid

A Tale of Two Immigration Speeches: What Is Britain So Afraid Of?

Britain needs to stop romanticising 'us' and stop demonising 'them'. Britain needs embrace it immigrant hordes for the incredible resources that they are, and reclaim its rightful place as a power broker in the 21st Century. But first, Britain needs to stop being afraid.
28/11/2014 10:34 GMT
Fighting the Urge to

Fighting the Urge to Overreact

In his speech last night, the President stated that the United States had a 'responsibility to lead', and that the values of freedom, justice, and dignity underpin American leadership in an uncertain world. Adherence to these principles has been found wanting in recent years; let's hope that policymakers remember them while they search for a comprehensive response to the Islamic State's provocations.
12/09/2014 11:55 BST
Ebola Outranks Everything

Ebola Outranks Everything Else

Public health emergencies often occur in the place least likely to be able to manage them, and western Africa was poorly prepared for the latest outbreak of Ebola. However, as much as an overwhelmed world might fervently hope that it will remain an African problem, its impact will be felt far beyond the borders of Liberia and its neighbours. Ebola outranks everything else on a crowded global agenda today, and the quicker we acknowledge this, the more effectively it can be contained.
08/09/2014 15:49 BST
Just Add

Just Add Women

There is precedent for women to play a principle role in paving the way for peace: prominent historical examples can be found in Northern Ireland, Liberia and Argentina. But even more than grassroots movements, there's an international legal basis for women to have greater involvement in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security
20/08/2014 15:11 BST
We Are Better Than

We Are Better Than This

So, while the powers-that-be retreat to their various lairs and try to figure out how to stop killing each other long enough to re-stock their arsenals, here's my modest proposal: nobody is right. We are all wrong. Because you know there's another side to the story, and you are completely uninterested in trying to understand it.
29/07/2014 16:57 BST
The ICC Investigation Is a Powerful Aesthetic Opportunity for the United

The ICC Investigation Is a Powerful Aesthetic Opportunity for the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom should take the ICC's investigation in stride to show its younger, oversized, wayward little brother that there is nothing to be afraid of--and that global leadership in the 21st century demands constructive engagement, even with those institutions and organizations whose mandates you find disagreeable. This is a powerful aesthetic opportunity. The UK shouldn't waste it.
14/05/2014 13:51 BST
Taking a Breather on Mt.

Taking a Breather on Mt. Everest

The reverberations from the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/sherpas-leave-mount-everest-boycott_n_5196917.html" target="_hplink">recent tragic avalanche on Mt. Everest</a> continue to be felt.
08/05/2014 17:47 BST
Forget the Lok Sabha: All Eyes on the Supreme

Forget the Lok Sabha: All Eyes on the Supreme Court

India's marathon election draws to a close in the coming weeks. While observers caution that opinion polls in this vast nation can often be inaccurate, many expect controversial opposition candidate Narenda Modi, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to become the nation's next Prime Minister.
02/05/2014 12:59 BST
Russia Should Follow Plushenko's Olympic Example: Know When It's Time to

Russia Should Follow Plushenko's Olympic Example: Know When It's Time to Quit

Evgeni Plushenko, bowed out of the competition right before he was to take the ice in the singles event. As disappointed as he undoubtedly was (not to mention the fans), 31-year-old Plushenko has the rest of his life ahead of him, with a stack of Olympic hardware to his name and a celebrity brand to build upon. In time, his decision may be seen as noble- or at the very least, inevitable. Sometimes, you just have to know when it's time to quit. Street protesters in Ukraine and besieged civilians in Syria are probably hoping that the Russian government will follow their golden boy's lead and have the nerve to admit that their current foreign policy just isn't cutting it anymore.
16/02/2014 22:18 GMT
International Intervention in the Twitter

International Intervention in the Twitter Age

The Obama Administration's envisaged armed intervention into the Syrian conflict (in response to the use of chemical weapons that killed and sickened hundreds of people) may be the first planned military operation to be strategized entirely in 140 characters or less.
06/09/2013 12:55 BST
Syrians Are Dying in High Definition: What Are We Going to Do About

Syrians Are Dying in High Definition: What Are We Going to Do About It?

As I scrolled through the tweets, and clicked on the links for videos and pictures, I was filled with an overpowering sense of helpless outrage as to the mindless, senseless, overwhelming atrocity that was carried out overnight in the suburbs of Damascus... Nothing in my life to date has prepared me with a sufficient vocabulary to communicate the horrors of these photographs.
22/08/2013 08:32 BST
A Willing Bystander to the Guantanamo

A Willing Bystander to the Guantanamo Debacle

Mr. President, it is true that the NDAA and rampant fear-mongering make it difficult to close Guantanamo Bay. But it's not impossible - and the power doesn't rest solely with Congress. You have the ability to make an immediate difference.
02/05/2013 12:45 BST
The EU Needs a United Front on

The EU Needs a United Front on Drones

The EU needs to be an ethical, moral, and legal counterbalance to the United States regarding the use of armed drones, and to play a leading role in developing the international standards which are emerging to govern their use. When the International Committee of the Red Cross has finally gone on record to state that certain aspects of the drone wars are "problematic," it is obvious that the time is ripe for action.
30/04/2013 17:29 BST


Senator Rand's outrage was predicated on the admittedly remote possibility that the Obama Administration would use a drone to target an American citizen minding his or her own business at a Starbucks in Texas.
25/03/2013 17:54 GMT