Orly Stern is a researcher, consultant and lawyer, focusing on armed conflict, gender and law. Orly has worked and researched in countries including; Somalia, Iraq, northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Jordan, Uganda and South Africa. She had consulted for various international organizations, research institutions and NGOs, and has published extensively in her field, including books, book chapters, reports and articles. Orly holds a PhD in international humanitarian law from the London School of Economics and a Masters in international human rights law from Harvard Law School. She has held a senior fellowship with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and has taught international criminal law at the University of Cape Town.