Hugo Slim

Non-Resident Fellow

Hugo Slim is a non-resident fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He is also a senior research fellow at the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice at Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford and at the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Hugo’s career has combined academia, policymaking, humanitarian diplomacy, and frontline humanitarian operations. He has worked for Save the Children, the United Nations, Oxfam GB, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). From 2015 to 2020, he was the head of policy and humanitarian diplomacy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In academia, he has held teaching and research positions at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford, and visiting roles at the University of Jena, Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and the University of Oregon.

His books include Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty First Century (Hurst, 2022), Humanitarian Ethics: The Morality of Aid in War and Disaster (Hurst, 2015) and Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War (Hurst, 2007). He has also published 30 academic papers and 17 book chapters, and is a regular blogger.

Hugo has a degree in theology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in humanitarian studies from Oxford Brookes University. 

Languages: English, French

Areas of Expertise

Humanitarian Action
Climate Emergency
War & Civilians


Most Recent Publications by Hugo Slim