2012 Peace and Stability Operations Colloquium Series
The Peace Operations Policy Program of the School of Public Policy, George Mason University is proud to present the following in its “Peace and Stability Operations Colloquium Series” of events:
Corruption in International Development Projects and Peacekeeping Missions: How does it Work?
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Speaker: Philip Trewhitt (OBE)
Philip Trewhitt has long been engaged with corruption and human rights issues. He presently leads a team for the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Libya investigating war crimes and human rights abuses. Prior to this Trewhitt served as director of Complex Parliamentary Investigations for the Parliamentary & Health Services Ombudsman, UK (2010-11). He managed investigations into corruption, fraud, coercion and collusion in development projects worldwide, as well as investigations into staff misconduct, for the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development (2007-09); and investigated corruption and fraud amongst U.N. officials and corporate suppliers within U.N. peacekeeping missions (2006-07). Trewhitt headed the Baghdad Office for the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program (2004-05) and later transferred to New York to work on investigations into oil companies and European politicians, as well as to produce the final report for the Committee. As UK Liaison on Transitional Justice and Deputy Senior Adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, Coalition Provisional Authority, he was part of the team creating an initial investigations plan for the Iraqi Special Tribunal, identifying suspects and developing early prosecution strategies, as well as providing strategic overview for the initial programs of the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights (2003-04). Trewhitt implemented initial strategies for basic large-scale analysis of regime documents and an oral history program, both designed to produce leads for criminal investigation and simultaneously build a record of atrocities; and oversaw the construction of evidence storage facilities, recruited and vetted local staff, and then developed training modules for them. He was legal coordinator for INDICT, an NGO seeking to initiate prosecutions for crimes against humanity (1999-03); and a volunteer researcher on military/legal issues with Amnesty International (1995-97). Trewhitt holds M.A. War Studies and LLB (Honors) Law degrees from King’s College in London.
Amb. (ret.) Robert W. “Bill” Farrand
Peace Operations Policy Program, GMU
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