Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan's expertise in negotiation draws from his experience as a diplomat and negotiator for the European Union at the multilateral level and notably in the United Nations Human Rights Council. For nearly 9 years, he has led negotiations on Business and Human Rights and on other thematic issues (impact of arms transfers on human rights, management of hazardous substances and wastes, right to development, sexual orientation and gender identity) as well as country situations. He was also called to support negotiation teams in other fora such as the World Health Assembly and the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems.
Prior to Geneva, Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan was posted with the European Commission in Cairo and Jerusalem. He also served as an Arabic-speaking detention delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross and as a researcher on Middle East and North Africa at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London.
He served as Director of the International Negotiation and Policy-Making Programme at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, an institution he initially joined in September 2019 to explore the potential for an “international negotiation platform” to connect the different worlds of negotiation/negotiators. He has also been called by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research to design and lead negotiation trainings and by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie for joint workshops for climate, digital and trade negotiators.
Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan holds a Ph.D in Political Science of Sciences Po. Paris and sits on the Board of Directors of Sciences Po. Grenoble. He authored “The Charitable Crescent. Politics of Aid in the Muslim World” (IB Tauris, 2009) with Jonathan Benthall and, on his own, several other publications.