Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Bandini Chhichhia (2011-12)

Principal, Policy and Ethics within the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

I currently work as a Principal, Policy and Ethics within the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The OCCO promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. In particular, it deals with conflicts of interest, corruption, confidentiality and money laundering. 

For somebody who was initiated in the private sector as a banking lawyer, the decision to pursue the Loyola LLM in Rule of Law for International Development was an unconventional one. Fortunately, it was also an appropriate one, as the program provided me with high quality professional skills beyond “black letter” legal training, which often defines the career paths of legal professionals. Some PROLAW skills that I greatly value and use on a daily basis are: History and Theory of International Development, Ethics in International Development, Stakeholder Analysis, and the ability to contextualize any problem within its broader economic, political, historic and social environment. Thus, PROLAW not only broadened my personal perspective beyond the binary “black-or-white” decision-making that sadly plagues conventional legal thinking, but more importantly confirmed my convictions that the private sector is a key actor in today’s international development landscape, with an important role to play over the coming decades. Thus, both during and after my PROLAW studies, I have sought to explore this overlapping space between international development and the private sector to find mutual synergies and new impetus for change. I am pleased to see that the common space between these two worlds grows each day and it was possible for a private sector lawyer, such as myself, to work within the international development community (whether in technical spheres such as food security, CSR or within an international institution itself) without having to make stark, mutually exclusive career choices. Thankfully after PROLAW, the world is a lot more colourful, fulfilling and less binary than it used to be for legal professionals!