Faculty & Staff

Dr Hugo Slim


Dr Hugo Slim


Hugo Slim is Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy at ICRC. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford where he is leading research on humanitarian ethics. He is also Visiting Professor in humanitarian studies at Oxford Brookes University. He is a Special Advisor to Mediation Group International (MGI) in Geneva and to Oxford Analytica. He has been a board member of Oxfam GB and an International Advisor to the British Red Cross. He is currently a Patron of Merlin, the emergency medical NGO.

Hugo has worked in academia, humanitarian action and international business. He managed humanitarian operations with Save the Children UK and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and the Middle East from 1983-1993, and was Reader in International Humanitarianism at Oxford Brookes University from 1994-2003. From 2003-07, he was Chief Scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva where he led research on the protection of civilians and on political mediation in armed conflicts. He has led evaluations of humanitarian work for the ICRC, UN agencies and many of the world’s largest NGOs. As a business consultant, Hugo has advised clients like BP, Rio Tinto, Vodafone and G4S on conflict resolution and human rights across Africa and in India, Iraq and Peru.

Hugo is the author of many papers on humanitarian action and four books: Essays in Humanitarian Action (2012); Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War (2007); Protection: A Guide for Humanitarian Agencies (2005), and Listening for a Change: Oral Testimony and Development (1993). He has an MA in Theology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Humanitarian Studies from Oxford Brookes University.


  • Coordinator - Values, Ethics and Moral Problems in Humanitarian Action 

Fields of Interest

  • Humanitarian ethics in war and disaster
  • The ethics of war and the protection of civilians
  • Conflict resolution
  • Business ethics and company-community relations


"The way you get aid and protection to people on time and in the right way is all about ethics."
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