Biography

Jean-Sébastien Blanc has been working since May 2020 at the Swiss Expertise Center in Prison and Probation, as scientific advisor and lecturer. He is also a researcher at the University of Geneva, where he is writing a PhD on the impact of incarceration on gender representations and sexualities. Until 2020, he worked for the Association for the Prevention of Torture, a Swiss-based international NGO, as detention advisor and then as director of thematic programmes, developing guidance and training material on torture prevention and supporting partners working on detention, in particular monitoring bodies. He has published handbooks and articles on various topics, including the role of oversight bodies, situations of vulnerability in detention, police custody and LGBTI persons deprived of liberty. Prior to joining the APT, Jean-Sébastien Blanc worked as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the South Caucasus, as well as for various NGOs. Jean-Sébastien Blanc was also appointed in 2013 as an expert with the Permanent Committee of Visitors of the Grand Council of the Canton de Vaud (CPVGC) to ensure that detention conditions comply with Swiss and international laws. Since 2020, he is also a member of the observers' team of the Swiss National Commission for the prevention of torture. Jean-Sébastien holds a Master’s degree in Russian Literature and History from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), as well as a Master's degree in International Relations and International Law from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management in Non-Profit Organizations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). A Swiss citizen, he speaks fluent French, Spanish, English and has a good command of Russian.
 

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