I currently work as a Rule of Law Program Manager for the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) in Stockholm, and am an Associate of Inclusive Development International (IDI). From 2004 to 2012, I worked as a consultant, researcher and lecturer on human rights protection with a specialty in property issues in crises and displacement. Prior to that, I worked for four years with the OSCE in Bosnia on property restitution for displaced persons.
I am a US citizen and a lawyer by training. For the last eight years, I’ve been based in Scandinavia – first on the Åland Islands (Finland), where my wife hails from, and more recently in Stockholm. I can hold a conversation in German, Swedish or Bosnian and find my way to the bus station in Spanish. I love to cook and and have two vivacious kids who are a constant and indispensable distraction from the weighty matters of life.
I have been asked a few times whether I am paid to do this blog. By and large, I am not. TN is a labor of love, as well as a way for me to try to make sense of the blizzard of information that crosses my desk. Happily, it has also become an outlet for guest-postings by colleagues, whose generosity with their time and insights is always deeply appreciated.
However, I should also acknowledge the support of the Åland Cultural Foundation (website here, in Swedish), which is currently funding research examining the relevance of land administration rules under the long-established Åland Islands autonomy regime in Finland to emerging conceptions of indigenous title. Much of my analysis of recent developments related to minority and indigenous land rights on this blog has been to this end. The result is meant to be published in the Åland Islands Peace Institute report series, but I will of course be happy to bend anyone’s ear on Nordic autonomy regimes and rights of preemption any time until then.