Faculty & Staff

Dr Paul Bouvier

Dr Paul Bouivier

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Paul Bouvier is a medical doctor specialized in pediatrics and child public health, with expertise in humanitarian action ethics and health. From 2007 to 2019 he has worked with the ICRC as senior medical advisor, coordinator of the HELP courses, and chair of the group on practical ethics in humanitarian action. He is lecturer at the Institute of global health, university of Geneva.

After medical studies in Geneva, Paul started working for the International Committee of the Red Cross – ICRC – in the late 1970’s and early 1980's, for medical missions in Southern Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, in health in detention and health assistance for refugees and displaced populations.

With the Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, since 1989 he has conducted research in West Africa on child health, mortality and survival, malaria, and access to health services; and in Switzerland, on health and life habits of adolescents, child sexual abuse and violence affecting children.

Since 1990, he has been working also on ethics in public health interventions and epidemiological research. He has chaired the ethics committee for epidemiology in Geneva and has been a member of several ethics committees for research, health care or protection, with official institutions, the World Health Organization, and medical associations.

Since 1997 he headed the Child and Youth Health Services of Geneva for 10 years, in charge of protection, prevention and promotion of health in the schools and institutions of the canton.

In 2007, he was appointed the ICRC Senior medical advisor, with responsibilities on health and ethics. He initiated and chaired the ICRC Group on ethics in the practice of humanitarian action, a unique space for deliberation to address ethical dilemmas in humanitarian action. He has been the coordinator of the Health Emergencies in Large Populations course –the HELP course – organized in 10 countries around the world, to train professionals involved in response to crises, with a focus on the public health, ethical and practical challenges in disasters and armed conflicts. 


Coordinator - Values, ethics and moral problems week of the DAS.


Cyrulnik B, Bouvier P. Memory, trauma and resilience: Interview with Boris Cyrulnik. International Review of the Red Cross (2018).  
Published online August 2018. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-review-of-the-red-cross/article/interview-with-boris-cyrulnik/5A41168E9AE85AC0A3D02A9812698F19

Bouvier P. Sexual violence, health and humanitarian ethics: Towards a holistic, person-centred approach. International Review of the Red Cross (2014), 96 (894), 565–584. 

Bouvier P. Humanitarian care and small things in dehumanised places. International Review of the Red Cross, 2012, 94 (888), 1537-1550. 


Bouvier P. „Yo lo viGoya witnessing the disasters of war: an appeal to the sentiment of humanity.International Review of the Red Cross, 2011. 93 (884), 1107-1133. 


Bouvier P. (2017). Objects of prisoners: Art, Communication and Humanity. 
Chapitre in : Prisoners' Objects : The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. 5 Continents Editions, 160 p.

Bouvier P. (2018). Épidémies, crises et conflits armés : enjeux pour la santé publique et l’action humanitaire. Actes du colloque « Epidémies et sociétés, passé, présent et futur », Maison de la Paix à Genève, Organisé par la Société Genevoise d’Utilité Publique, en juin 2016.

 Bouvier, P. (2013): The Duty to Provide Care to the Wounded or Sick Enemy. Chap. In Baer, H., Messelken, D. (eds.): Proceedings of the 2nd ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics, Bern/Zurich. LBA-BLA, 2013, 100p, p. 35-60.

 Bouvier P. Perception of Humanitarian Medicine by Military and Political Stakeholders. 

Chapter in: Caroline Abu-Sada ed. “In the Eyes of Others: How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid”. Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Humanitarian Outcomes, NYU Center on International Cooperation, 2012, 198p, p 154-163.