Sophie Frediani has been seconded to DCAF by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. She joined DCAF in February 2016 as an Adviser within the Africa Programme, Sub-Saharan Africa Division.
Prior to joining DCAF, Sophie worked for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, first within the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire, as a Chief of the Rule of Law Office in Daloa and, second within the UN Mission in Liberia, as an Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law. Prior to this, she was a Legal Officer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in Freetown working, successively, within the Office of the Registrar and the Appeals Chamber. In the past, she worked as a Legal System Monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo, and for the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
Sophie holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Law of Bordeaux, France, focusing on the relationships between States authorities and International Criminal Courts and Tribunals.