Philippe Leroux-Martin is the director of governance, justice & security at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Before joining USIP, Leroux-Martin was a fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to his fellowship, he headed the legal department of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo, the organization responsible to support and supervise Kosovo’s accession to independence. He also headed the public law unit of the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo and acted as chief legal advisor to former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens during his tenure as chair of the Police Restructuring Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Leroux-Martin is a member of the Québec Bar. He holds a law degree from the Université de Montréal, a master’s degree in public law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

He is the author of Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Cambridge University press, 2014). He has been a contributor on BBC World News, BBC Radio, CBC Radio, Al Jazeera, Radio-Canada and the New York Times.

Publications By Philippe

Protecting Civilians in Ukraine Now — and After the War

Protecting Civilians in Ukraine Now — and After the War

Thursday, April 21, 2022

By: Philippe Leroux-Martin;  Calin Trenkov-Wermuth, Ph.D.

From the images of the people summarily executed in Bucha to the remnants of Mariupol’s bombarded theater where hundreds of civilian refugees perished, Russia’s war on Ukraine has unleashed immense suffering on the civilian population. As policymakers debate the most effective forms of support amid Russia’s new offensive in the east and southeast, Ukraine must be provided with the necessary military assistance to fend off Russian aggression. But it will be equally important to immediately start planning for the long term, preparing to offer flexible and multifaceted support to the military and civilian components of Ukraine’s security sector.

Type: Analysis

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

Systems Thinking for Peacebuilding and Rule of Law (French)

Systems Thinking for Peacebuilding and Rule of Law (French)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

By: Philippe Leroux-Martin;  Vivienne O'Connor

Notre approche traditionnelle de la consolidation de la paix et de l’État de droit semble solide : des objectifs ambitieux, une injection de ressources, des équipes d’experts travaillant intensément. Pourtant nous semblons rarement aboutir à des réformes véritablement fructueuses et durables. Pourquoi nous enlisons-nous ? Une des réponses possibles réside dans notre façon de percevoir les systèmes avec lesquels nous travaillons. Nous avons tendance à traiter de nombreux systèmes de consolidation de la paix et de l’État de droit comme s’ils étaient des systèmes d’horloge, c’est-à-dire ordonnés, réguliers et prévisibles. En réalité, les environnements dans lesquels nous travaillons sont plutôt des systèmes de type nuage,en cela qu’ils sont désordonnés, irréguliers et imprévisibles.

Type: Peaceworks

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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