I currently work as a Rule of Law Specialist at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), a Swedish government agency working with peace, security and development issues. Prior to that I worked with the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) in Stockholm, and from 2004 to 2012, as a consultant, researcher and lecturer on human rights protection in conflict and crisis settings. Prior to that, I worked for four years with the OSCE in Bosnia on property restitution for displaced persons.
I am a US-Swedish dual citizen and a lawyer by training. For the last fifteen years, I’ve been based in Scandinavia – first on the Åland Islands (Finland), where my wife hails from, and then in Stockholm. I love to cook and garden and and have two vivacious kids who are a constant and indispensable distraction from the weighty matters of life.
I was asked a few times whether I was paid to do this blog. By and large, I was not. TN is and was 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 also became an outlet for guest-postings by colleagues, whose generosity with their time and insights was always deeply appreciated. In light of other responsibilities, I have had to severely curtail my work on the blog since 2016 or so, but I plan to keep it around as long as they will let me as a time capsule and hopefully a source of inspiration. Please note that due to the need to avoid any conflict of interest with my current role as a civil servant, I am no longer at liberty to take on consultancy assignments.