Luise Drüke

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Dr. Luise Druke
Luise Druke im Senatssaal der Leibniz Universität Hannover.jpg
Luise Druke: Innovations in refugee protection, Frankfurt am Main, 2013
Alma materUniversity of Hannover (Master of Arts)
Known forInnovations in Refugee Protection, A Compendium of UNHCR's 60 Years.
AwardsNobel Peace Prize Certificate in recognition of devoted refugee service with UNHCR, 1981
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical Science, International Relations & Law, United Nations
InstitutionsHarvard University
Doctoral advisorJürgen Seifert, David Kennedy (jurist)
Other academic advisorsJohn Thomas
InfluencesPoul Hartling, Joseph Nye

Luise Druke, DPhil, MPA (born May 17, 1948) is a German scholar and practitioner in the fields of International Relations, United Nations, and Refugee protection. Besides her academic work, Dr. Druke has headed offices and missions of the UNHCR (High Commissioner for Refugees) in Europe, South East Asia and Central Asia, Latin America, and Africa for nearly 30 years.[1]


Dr. Luise Druke was born in Hannover on May 17, 1948. She received a DPhil in political science from the University of Hannover while Fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs and Visiting Researcher at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program (1987–88). She also received an honorary doctorate in political science and law from Shumen University,[2] a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, an LL.M. from Brussels University and a M.A. in Economics, Finance and Management from Webster University, St. Louis, a Diploma from Sorbonne, License d'enseignement from Paris VIII University and a M.A. from the European Institute of High International Studies, University of Nice in European Studies.

Since 1977, Dr. Druke has headed offices and missions of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Europe, South East Asia and Central Asia, Latin America, and Africa, including the Namibian Operation as part of UNTAG, the country operation in Honduras[3][4] with refugees from El Salvador, Nicaragua[5] and Guatemala in the midst of armed conflicts during the late 1980s,[6] and the operations in Kazakhstan/Central Asia. While UNHCR representative in Bulgaria[7][8][9] she frequently acted as the UN Resident Coordinator from 2000–2005, as well as the Humanitarian Coordinator in the NATO Cooperative Key operations (2001, 2003, and initially in 2005) with 20,000 refugees in the midst of an air conflict between warring parties inside of Bulgaria.[10] During and after her work for the United Nations Dr. Druke lectured at the Faculty of Law and the European Institute and the University of Nice, at Boston University in the graduate program in International Relations in Brussels and presented seminars and round tables at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as at the MIT Center for International Studies where she served as a visiting scholar. She also has been teaching semester courses at the Leibniz University Hannover,[11] at Suffolk University[12] and at Harvard University[13] in UN and EU related topics.[14]


Dr. Luise Druke is author/co-editor of 13 books and over 30 articles,[1] including:

  • Innovations in refugee protection; including case studies on IT communities, Vietnamese boatpeople, Chilean exile and Namibian repatriation (Peter Lang, 2013) (in English)
  • Refugee Protection and Integration in Bulgaria (UNHCR Sofia, 2004–2005) (in English and Bulgarian)
  • Collection of Documents on Refugees and Persons in Refugee Like Situations in the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNHCR Almaty, 1998) (in English, Russian, and Kazakh)
  • O Novo Regime Juridico de Asilo em Portugal, Recohla de Trabalhos do ACNUR em Portugal (UNHCR Lisboa, 1995–1997) (in Portuguese)
  • Colectanea de Estudos e Documentacao sobre Refugiados. Vol. II, eds. Druke/Galvao (UNHCR Lisboa, 1997) (in Portuguese)
  • Audição Parlamentar sobre a situação dos Refugiados em Portugal, eds. Druke/Martins (UNHCR Lisboa/Assembly of the Republic Portugal, 1996) (in Portuguese)
  • Colectanea de Estudos e Documentacao sobre Refugiados. Vol. I, eds. Druke/Galvao (UNHCR Lisboa, 1996) (in Portuguese)
  • Fluchtziel Europa – Strategien fur eine neue Fluchtlingspolitik. eds. Druke/Weigelt (Olzog, 1993) (in German)
  • Asylum Rules in the European Union – Legislative Instruments and Judicial Control (Institute of Public Intl. Law & Intl. Relations of Thessaloniki, 1994/2000 pp. 265–374) (in English)
  • Refugee Policy to 1992 and Beyond. Proposals for a New Humanitarian Order at the European and Intl. Level (UNHCR Brussels, 1991) (in English)
  • Preventive Action for Refugee Producing Situations. With a foreword of Poul Hartling, Diss. (Peter Lang, 1990, 2nd ed. 1993). (in English)

Honors and Academic Awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Luise Druke, MPA (Harvard) | Official website". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  2. ^ "The refugee doctor". the Sofia Echo. 2002-11-28. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  3. ^ "Slaying Of Refugees In Honduras Told". Chicago Tribune. 1985-09-06. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  4. ^ "HONDURAS REPORTED TO RAID REFUGEES". The New York Times. 1985-09-05. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  5. ^ "Of Time And Tedium: A Slow Life For Draft Dodgers Of Nicaragua". 1986-04-16. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  6. ^ "MAN WHO CLAIMS TO BE GUERRILLA DESERTER SAYS REBELS REST AT U.N. CAMPS". The Associated Press. 1985-09-09. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  7. ^ "Luise Druke: We Should Give Refugees Hope". 2002-10-24. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  8. ^ "UNHCR praises refugee record". the Sofia Echo. 2001-04-12. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  9. ^ "Balkan Report: June 22, 2001". Radio Free Europe/Radio. 2001-06-22. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  10. ^ a b "Profile at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative". Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  11. ^ "Profile at University of Hannover". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  12. ^ "United Nations Studies Project Suffolk University". Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  13. ^ a b "HAA Clubs Committee Awards". Harvard Magazine. March–April 2005. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  14. ^ a b c "The Inter-University Committee on International Migration". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  15. ^ a b "Profile at Leibniz University Hanover". Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  16. ^ "Profile at Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy". Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  17. ^ "Honoris Shumen University". Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  18. ^ a b "Profile at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs". Archived from the original on 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-01-29.

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