Jérémie Labbé

Jérémie Labbé is Head of the Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action project at the International Committee of the Red Cross (since July 2014). From 2010 to 2014, he developed a new programme on humanitarian affairs at the International Peace Institute in New York, and between 2003 and 2009, he worked with the ICRC both in its headquarters in Geneva and in different field missions.

  • Applying the humanitarian principles: Reflecting on the experience of the International Committee of the Red Cross

    Applying the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence in a relevant manner in concrete operational settings is a constant challenge for humanitarian organizations. Bound by this set of norms, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has incrementally developed over the years a rational framework that allows its leadership and staff on the ground to act according to these principles while developing adapted solutions and pragmatic approaches. This article begins by describing the history and development of the humanitarian principles; it then explains how the strategic choices of the ICRC are informed by these principles, and what the consequences are for the organization's capacity to act in favour of victims of armed conflicts.

  • Peace operations by proxy: implications for humanitarian action of UN peacekeeping partnerships with non-UN security forces

    This article analyses the legal, policy and perception/security implications of different types of ‘peace operations by proxy’ and the additional challenges that such operations create for humanitarian action.