Pauline Malek

Academy Fellow


  • Diplomatic practice
  • Humanitarian negotiation
  • Negotiation & mediation in conflict resolution

Pauline Malek works as an Academy Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. She joined Clingendael in July 2020, where her area of expertise is in the field of diplomatic practice, humanitarian negotiation, and negotiation and mediation in conflict resolution.

Before joining Clingendael, Pauline worked as a military legal adviser for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In the rank of captain, she provided legal advice regarding missions and operations to operators on various levels, as well as briefings and lectures regarding international humanitarian law and the conduct of hostilities. Prior to joining the Air Force, Pauline worked as a researcher within the field of international humanitarian law, human rights and diplomatic cooperation. Her work additionally involved numerous projects regarding public events with organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and NATO. In 2015, she supervised the research ‘Principles of International Humanitarian Law applied to Cyber Warfare’ as part of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law. 

Pauline holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, where she has also studied English Language and Culture. During her studies she did internships at the Netherlands Red Cross, the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Resource Centre and Al-Haq, and conducted research on international humanitarian law and human rights in Ghana, the occupied Palestinian Territories, and Bangladesh. She speaks six languages, including Polish, French and Russian.