Els Debuf

Legal Adviser in the Office of the Head of the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Dr Els Debuf is Legal Adviser in the Office of the Head of the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross. She advises on issues related to the ICRC’s legal status, status agreements, and privileges and immunities.


  • Tools to do the job: The ICRC’s legal status, privileges and immunities

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) enjoys a specific legal status and specific privileges and immunities under both international and domestic law. They enable the ICRC to effectively carry out its mandate, and to do so in full conformity with its Fundamental Principles and standard working modalities. This article clarifies the ICRC's particular legal status and explains the rationale, scope and legal sources of its privileges and immunities.

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