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TEAM LEADER — EUROPEAN UNION FUNDED PROGRAM FOR LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND AID DELIVERY (PLEAD) IN KENYA
Team Leader engaged in preparatory activities for start of a €32M 5-year project to improve access to justice for marginalized groups that would establish Legal Aid offices in 15 locations throughout the country, including preparation of Program Estimates and budgeting.
TEAM LEADER — EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROJECT FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND LEGAL EDUCATION COMPONENT OF THE EC RULE OF LAW PROJECT IN THE GAMBIA
Banjul, The Gambia
Led and managed a team of 12 rule of law experts on a €4.3 million project for the Access to Justice and Legal Education component of the European Commission’s Rule of Law Project in The Gambia. Sub-components included a Civic Awareness Campaign, focus on Customary Indigenous Law, Sharia’ Law and modern Common Law systems, ADR and legal education, and publication of the official court reports of the common law jurisprudence of the Supreme Court and the Sharia’ Courts.
TEAM LEADER — USAID/IRAQ MID-TERM EVALUATION OF ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROJECT FOR VULNERABLE
Supervised a team of two rule of law and civil society experts, and a team of seven data collectors, to evaluate the USAID/Iraq project to support access to justice for vulnerable groups that included women, orphans, incarcerated youth, displaced persons, persons with disabilities and persons without formal identification. Designed and conducted a survey of 44 civil society organizations that operated legal aid clinics as grantees of the USAID access to justice program, bar associations, law schools and 353 individual Iraqi beneficiaries to inform further USAID investment in the project. Evaluation questions focused on the project’s effectiveness in forging relationships of collaboration to hold the advance the rights of vulnerable persons, the quality and availability of legal services, the quality of legal education, and public awareness.
TEAM LEADER — EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROJECT TO INFORM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND LEGAL EDUCATION COMPONENT OF THE EC RULE OF LAW PROJECT IN THE GAMBIA
Banjul, The Gambia
Supervised a team of four rule of law experts to inform the creation of a new implementation project for the Access to Justice and Legal Education component of the European Commission’s Rule of Law Project in The Gambia. Sub-components included focus on Customary Indigenous Law, Sharia’ Law and modern Common Law systems, ADR and legal education. Conducted three-day tour of villages to map the indigenous system of ADR in the five Regions of The Gambia. Drafted winning bid for the project.
TEAM LEADER — EUROPEAN COMMISSION FINAL EVALUATION OF SUPPORT TO UGANDA’S COMMERCIAL JUSTICE REFORM PROGRAM
Team Leader final evaluation of EC program in support of Uganda’s Commercial Justice Reform Program under EDF 9 Capacity Building for Good Governance.
Supervised the analysis and final evaluation of the European Commission’s support to Uganda’s Commercial Justice Reform Program aimed at improving Uganda’s business environment and facilitating the enforcement of contracts. Interacted closely with Uganda’s Justice Law and Order Sector, the Uganda Commercial Court, Uganda Law Society (professional bar association), NGOs and private sector interests. Reported findings, conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learned.
CHIEF OF PARTY – USAID PROJECT TO STRENGTHEN THE JUDICIARY OF LEBANON AND CITIZEN ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Supervised a multi-faceted rule of law development project that called for improvement of case management administration, strengthening judicial independence and public information/media relations, judicial training, and improving citizen access to legal assistance.
Implemented judicial independence and citizen access components including support for a code of judicial ethics, improvement of media relations with the judiciary, legal journalism as a profession, legal aid training for lawyers, promotion of volunteer service to legal aid lawyers, development of a citizen handbook on legal aid, and promotion of volunteer legal representation.
Regularly engaged in one-on-one meetings with ministry level and mid-level government counterparts to formulate government support for and participation in project programs.
Worked closely with the Beirut Bar Association, its members and president, to promote legal aid and increase volunteer services by legal aid lawyers.
CHIEF OF PARTY – USAID PROJECT FOR MODERNIZATION OF COMMERCIAL LAW AND THE JUDICIARY OF MOROCCO
Supervised the design, management, and implementation of technical assistance project to modernize commercial law and the judiciary of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Guided participatory reform and transition processes with the Ministry of Justice regarding judicial competency, judicial procedure, case management IT, and substantive bankruptcy and intellectual property law.
Regularly interacted with, and reported to high level counterparts in the Moroccan Ministries of Justice and Commerce, and the Moroccan Supreme Court.
Established and maintained network of Moroccan stakeholders from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Moroccan Customs, Supreme Court, civil society organizations, and American Moroccan Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).
Drafted and assisted in passage of intellectual property legislation in cooperation with Moroccan registry of industrial property (trademark office) and office of authors? rights (copyright office) in compliance with the US/Morocco Free Trade Agreement.
Designed, created and implemented the National Judicial Training Program for Moroccan judges pertaining to complex commercial and intellectual property issues.
SENIOR LONG TERM LEGAL REFORM SPECIALIST- USAID PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE BUSINESS CLIMATE IN MOROCCO
Served as technical team leader for commercial law and judicial reform aimed at compliance with the US/Morocco Free Trade Agreement.
Directed the drafting and introduction of bankruptcy reform legislation focusing on legal and regulatory infirmities in the administration of insolvent companies.
Designed and implemented continuing legal education programs for the Moroccan bench in complex issues of commercial law, bankruptcy, intellectual property and evidence.
Designed and implemented in-court technical training of Moroccan bankruptcy administration clerks in the processing of cases for reorganization of insolvent companies.
Analyzed and reported on the ease of doing business for domestic and foreign investors based on World Bank measurable indicators set out in Doing Business in 2005/2006 study.
MISSION DIRECTOR- EUROPEAN UNION ASSESSMENT OF JUDICIAL REFORM IN MOROCCO
Directed short-term project to identify point of entry for EU European Neighbor Initiate Project (ENPI) ?20M project for judicial reform in Morocco (Contract Framework Lot 7).
Met with Moroccan government counterparts, NGOs and donor agencies to determine participation of EU in Moroccan national campaign for judicial reform.
Prepared and delivered oral and written report to EU delegation and Moroccan counterparts.
PROJECT DIRECTOR – WORLD BANK IFC ASSESSMENT OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF COMMERCIAL MEDIATION IN MOROCCO
Prime contractor under competitive bid to perform comprehensive assessment of need for institutionalization of commercial mediation in Morocco.
Assembled and led team of three international legal experts to research the legal and regulatory framework of Moroccan commercial law and the judiciary.
Reported on findings and recommendations for legal and judicial reform regarding commercial dispute resolution in Morocco.
PDIRECTOR – STUDY TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ADR INSTITUTIONS FOR MOROCCAN GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS
San Francisco, California
Prime contractor under competitive bid to organize, manage and escort team comprised of 15 Moroccan government officials, ADR experts and private sector representatives to ADR related institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area including public and private mediation and arbitration companies, federal and state courts, local and state bar associations, law firms and Stanford University Law School’s Gould Center for Dispute Resolution.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION ANALYST – ARABIAN AMERICAN OIL COMPANY (ARAMCO)
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Conceived, developed and implemented microcomputer applications in training of 400 Saudi employees for joint US-Saudi petroleum interest in Arabian Gulf.
Managed program budget for procurement of IT equipment and software.
Supervised team of eight US expatriates and Saudi nationals.
Established thirteen computer training centers.
Trained Arabic speaking computer applications personnel.
U.S. PEACE CORPS
Created and directed English language training programs.
Created English language school in coordination with Moroccan Ministry of Education and US Peace Corps.
Tutored French consul general, staff and family in English.
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
EXPERT CONSULTANT – UNDP FUNDED PROJECT TO Revise the Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam (home based)
Primary international expert engaged to revise the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers in Vietnam applying best international standards.