Yves Beigbeder

Visiting and Adjunct Professor on International Organization,
Universities in France, Switzerland, the USA and Canada


In Episode 17 of the Professional Development Series, Yves Beigbeder joins co-host Alistair Edgar to reflect on a life-long career in international organizations, civil service and international justice. Beigbeder began his career as a legal secretary at the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg to French judge H. Donedieu de Vabres. He describes how it took him forty years to understand the significance of his involvement in the trials, and how this led to his renewed interest in international justice. Beigbeder outlines the progression of his career and the opportunities that saw him return to engagement in the international criminal law system. While tracing the development of his professional interests, he provides an analysis of the current realities and criticisms of the international courts and of international justice.

Additional Resources
International Criminal Tribunals: Justice and Politics, Palgrave Macmillan (2011)
Judging War Crimes and Torture: French Justice and International Criminal Tribunals and Commissions (1940-2005), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2006)
Judging War Criminals: The Politics of International Justice, Palgrave Macmillan (1999)

About Yves Beigbeder
Since 1984, Yves Beigbeder has been a Visiting or Adjunct Professor on International Organization at¬†universities in France, Switzerland, the USA and Canada. He was the Senior Special Fellow, UNITAR in Geneva and served as legal counsel to international civil servants in complaints to internal appeals boards and to the ILO and UN Administrative Tribunals. From 1951-1984 he served as a Personnel Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations in Rome, Italy and with the World Health Organization Regional Offices in various countries. His last post was Assistant Chief of Personnel at WHO headquarters. In 1946 he was the Legal Secretary to French Judge (H. Donnedieu de Vabres) at the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg. He has written numerous books and articles on international organizations, international administration, the international civil service and international criminal justice. He has a Law Degree from Sorbonne, a Master’s Degree in Education and state Doctorate in Public Law from the University of Grenoble, France.

Recorded June 2014.