Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Charles Kear Harris (2011-12)

Legal Adviser
Rule of Law and Security Institutions Support Service (ROLSISS) –Justice Unit, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

After taking leave from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to attend Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law LLM in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW), upon my return I was assigned to the Advisory Unit , Legal and Judicial System Support Division (LJSSD) at UNMIL and worked on various projects that focused on identifying policy options for the development of legal framework to harmonize the statutory and the customary (tribal courts) systems as well as to establish management and accountability structures within the justice system. In 2013, I was assigned to the Access to Justice and Security Section where I worked on legal reform programs such as statute revisions, oversight and accountability, prosecution, public defenders, sexual gender-based violence and quick impact projects to build courthouses, among others. From 2015 to 2016, I served with the Capacity Building and Mentoring Unit which focused on projects intended to enhance capacity building of security and justice personnel through the Judicial Institute and allied projects aimed to support judicial productivity and reduce pre-trial detention.  Currently, consistent with the Mission’s mandate to support the reform of  rule law and security sectors, I am engaged with projects  aimed to implement national security, legislative, and policy framework;  strengthen  capacity and systems in place within the national justice and security institutions; support establishment of administrative systems to enable  and sustain effective institutional performance of justice and security agencies; and improve public knowledge of legal rights and remedies for access to justice and security. I serve as the focal point for Rule of Law Security Institutions Support Services (ROLSISS) - the justice counterpart to the judiciary branch of government.

January 2017

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