united nations experience


1987 - 1990:UNHCR writer for Refugee Abstracts, (part-time), Geneva, Switzerland.


1989 - 1990:ILO Legal Expert, Labour Law Information Branch, Geneva, Switzerland.


1994:UN Security Council Commission of Experts on Rwanda - Human Rights Officer responsible for investigating sample massacre sites throughout Rwanda and drafting the Commission's Preliminary and Final Reports to the Security Council recommending the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for Rwanda, Geneva, Switzerland, September - December 1994.


1995 - 1998:UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda - Human Rights Officer, backstopping UN human rights field operations in Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Abkhazia / Georgia. Drafted High Commissioner's reports to the Secretary-General, General Assembly, Governments and international organizations, and reports of Special Representative on Rwanda to UN General Assembly and UN Commission on Human Rights. Trained all new field officers deployed to Rwanda. Geneva, Switzerland. January 1995 - January 1998.


1998:UNOHCHR Asia-Pacific Geographic Team Coordinator ad interim - Supervised and managed the work of 7 human rights officers and 2 secretaries. Coordinated human rights promotion and protection activities for the Asia-Pacific region, serviced Commission Iran mandates on the situation in East Timor. Geneva, Switzerland, January 1998 - October 1998.


1998 - 2000:UNOHCHR Research and Right to Development Branch - Human Rights Officer - Researched and drafted reports for the Secretary-General, High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UN Commission on Human Rights mandate-holders on international criminal law and tribunals, humanitarian law and civil and  political rights, terrorism, redress for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, impunity, death penalty, human rights defenders and administration of justice. Represented Office, prepared policy papers, statements, speeches and reports for Rome Conference on the International Criminal Court and Preparatory Commission meetings held in New York. Geneva, Switzerland, October 1998 - July 2000.


2000 - 2001:UNOHCHR World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Secretariat - Human Rights Officer, Secretary of the Asian Regional Intergovernmental Preparatory Conference, Teheran; drafted regional expert seminar report on central and eastern Europe, statements, messages and speeches of the High Commissioner and Executive Coordinator, substantive legal research concerning the World Conference. Geneva, Switzerland, July 2000 - June 2001.


2005:UNOHCHR Expert Consultant on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law - Presented paper on "Impunity" and was seminar rapporteur for seminar which took place from 28 Feb - 2 March 2005. Geneva, Switzerland, January - March 2005.


2005 - 2006:United Nations University, Tokyo: Taught International Course on "Legal and Political Analysis of Human Rights". Japan, 23-24 May 2005 and 22-23 May 2006.


2006: UNDP Expert Consultant on Anti-Corruption and Human Rights
- Prepared paper with Ilaria Bottigliero for 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Guatemala, June-December 2006.


2007:UN Human Rights Council Group of Experts on Darfur Coordinator - Monitoring and drafting of UN report on Sudan's implementation of human rights recommendations, managed diplomatic negotiations for 7 Council mandate-holders and Sudan Govt in Geneva and New York. Management, analysis, monitoring and reporting on Darfur and coordination with African Union, UNMIS, UNOCHA, and other information sources. Liaison with the mass media.  Geneva, September - December 2007.


2010:UNODC Expert drafter - Drafted and presented background paper for 12th UN Crime Congress in Salvador, Brazil, on ‘international criminal justice education for the rule of law', Sept 2009 - April 2010 (funded by Korean Institute of Criminology).


2011:UNOHCHR Independent Consultant - Prepared analytical study on the role of national human rights institutions in federal States (85 pages), currently used as OHCHR training package for NHRIs.  Geneva, Switzerland May-July 2011.


2012:UNOHCHR Independent Consultant - Gaps analysis / capacity building, strategic plan and recommendations for management, staff and stakeholders of Uganda Human Rights Commission. Kampala, Uganda. March 2012.


2012:UNOHCHR International Expert - Workshop on UN Human Rights Mechanisms for Federal and Regional Ombudspersons in the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, 17 May 2012.


2013:UNDP International Consultant for Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission - NHRI Reporting to UN human rights treaty bodies, training of Government / NHRC / NGOs, review of SOPs for case handling. Dhaka, Bangladesh, September - December 2013.


2014:UNDP International Consultant to train Nigerian NHRC staff in Human Rights Monitoring, Investigation and Reporting, including Training of Trainers in Abuja, Jos, Enugu and Lagos, Nigeria.  February 2014.


2014:UNOHCHR - Moscow Expert Consultant to Develop Masters Curriculum on Human Rights Monitoring, Investigation and Reporting for 5 Russian Universities. Home-based / Moscow. January - 2014 to the present giving lectures in human rights summer schools in the Russian Federation.


2014:UNDP / IDLO Expert Consultant - implementing project to strengthen capacity of Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission on monitoring, investigation and reporting of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 2014 - April 2015.