Our Mission

The Edelstam Institute of Education for Human Rights and International Affairs is an independent institution whose mission is to conduct research and educate governments worldwide and their diplomats about Human Rights, Responsibility to Protect, and International Affairs. It is named after the Swedish diplomat and Ambassador, Harald Edelstam (1913-1989), who distinguished himself as a diplomat by his professional competence, his bravery and his civic courage in the fight for Human Rights. He was an early proponent and symbol of what today is known as the ”Responsibility to Protect” and his memorable acts continued to save lives during the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Norway and more than 1500 lives during the coup in Chile in 1973.



About Us

The founders of the Edelstam Foundation have seen the need for education of human rights and Responsibility to Protect for diplomats and have therefore independently created the Edelstam Institute as an extension of their work with the Edelstam Foundation.

The Edelstam Institute stands for a humanistic view, based on the values and principles that mainly are expressed in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Human Rights from 1948, along with the conventions that followed and internationally accepted public law. The Institute is politically and religiously independent.

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Postal address:
Box 24019
SE-104 50 Stockholm, Sweden 

Visiting address:
Grevgatan 70
SE-114 59, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 706 98 72 23

112 Bis, Rue de Ménilmontant
75020 Paris, France
Tel: +33 680 410 490


Caroline Edelstam

Caroline Edelstam
Executive Director
Tel: +46 706 98 72 23
E-mail: caroline.edelstam@edelstam.org

Laurence Bizard Hamilton

Laurence Bizard Hamilton
Director, Global Partnership and Business Development
Tel: +33 680 410 490
E-mail: laurence.hamilton@edelstam.org

Henrik Janbell

Henrik Janbell
CFO / Chairman of the Board
Tel: +46 706 57 58 45
E-mail: henrik.janbell@edelstam.org

Abdireshid Omar Esmael
Abdireshid Omar Esmael
Projekt Manager
Tel: +46 762 48 41 46