CCR Board of Advisors
Kerim Yildiz is an expert in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and international human rights having worked on numerous projects in these areas over his career and advised institutions and governments. He is the CEO of the London-based conflict resolution charity Democratic Progress Institute and was formerly co-founder and Chief Executive of the Kurdish Human Rights Project.
Kerim has written widely on human rights, international humanitarian law, minority rights, freedom of expression and regional and international dispute resolution mechanisms, including the ECHR and UN systems. He has authored books on the Kurds in Iraq, Iran, Syria, the Caucuses and Turkey and most recently co-authored The Kurdish Conflict: International Humanitarian Law and Post Conflict Mechanisms (Routledge 2010). His works have been translated into numerous languages, including Turkish, Finnish, German, Spanish, Russian, Kurdish, Arabic and Persian.
Kerim is a member of English PEN, a founding member of the Ara Pacis Initiative and an advisor to the Delfina Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Gruber Prize for Justice, the Sigrid Rausing Trust’s Human Rights Award for Leadership in Indigenous and Minority Rights in 2005 and from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights for his services to protect human rights and promote the rule of law in 1996.