Stéphane Kolanowski holds a Law Degree and a Master in Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law.  He joined the ICRC Legal Division (Geneva) in 1997, where he worked on different issues, such as Human Rights, impunity, as well as on some arms related issues. In 1999, he participated in the build-up of the ICRC Delegation to the EU, NATO and the Kingdom of Belgium, a Delegation in which he was the Senior Legal Adviser until May 2021. He was responsible for following relevant legal developments in EU and NATO policies and operations and for promoting and disseminating International Humanitarian Law for several audiences. Currently, Stéphane is the ICRC Deputy Data Protection Officer responsible for Europe and Central Asia. In that capacity, he is advising ICRC delegations in the EURASIA region on data protection issues and following relevant data protection normative developments at the European Union and at the Council of Europe level. Since 2013, Stéphane is visiting professor at the College of Europe. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Chaire Jean Monnet on “the EU and crisis management (Prof. Millet Devalle, Université Côte d’Azur, 2019-2023). Stéphane has published articles on International Humanitarian Law, and participated in numerous conferences and seminars. He is also the founder of the “Bruges Colloquium” in International Humanitarian Law.

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