Leslie CLOUD is a lawyer specializing in indigenous peoples’ rights and asylum law and a member of the JUSTIP (Justice and Indigenous Peoples Rights) network.
She lived for eleven years in a Mapuche community in Chile. Her research focuses on the modes of recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples, indigenous conceptions of Law, fundamental rights and justice, as well as on the intercultural interpretation of human rights in justice, mainly in the Chilean context.
She is currently conducting a study with the Institut Francophone Justice et Démocratie (IFJD) on the violence suffered by the Ba’aka Pygmy people during the 2013-2014 crisis in the Central African Republic with a view to integrating the indigenous populations of the Central African Republic into the reconstruction and transitional justice process.
She also teaches the law of indigenous peoples in the master degree GENFUT, future generations and legal transitions at Sciences-Po in Caen. She is co-author with Irène Bellier and Laurent Lacroix of the book Les droits des peuples autochtones. Des Nations unies aux sociétés locales, Paris, Le Harmattan, 2017.
Leslie Cloud is the Indigenous Peoples Research Line Manager for the Normandy Chair for Peace.