Olivier de Frouville is both a professor of human rights at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), and the director of the CRDH. He is also a member of the Institut Universitaire de France.


In addition to his academic career, he has worked for twenty years as an expert on human rights law in the United Nations. On June 24, 2014, he was elected a member of the UN Human Rights Committee by the Assembly of State Parties to the International Covenant on on Civil and Political Rights. Between November 2008 and November 2014, as an expert independent from the United Nations, he was a member of a working group of the United Nations on Forced and Involuntary Disappearances. He was the President Rapporteur from April 2012 to October 2013. He was also a member of the UN Committee for the Coordination of Special Procedures from 2013-2014. Since 2009, he has been a member of the French National Consultative Committee on Human Rights(the C.N.C.D.H).


From August 2011 to August 2012, Olivier de Frouville was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at Cambridge University and at Clare Hall, a Cambridge University school, where he obtained tenure and continues to make frequent visits for research.


His domain of expertise covers international law theory, international human rights law, and international criminal law.