Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Faculty and Staff

Thomas F. McInerney

Title/s: Professor, Rule of Law for Development Institute

Office #: 115

Phone: +39 06 35588 369

E-mail: tmcinerney@luc.edu


Thomas F. McInerney is Professor of Rule of Law for Development at Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a background in international and corporate law, global governance, regulation, and strategy.  He is experienced in managing legal affairs and compliance for international organizations, companies, and NGOs operating in multiple jurisdictions and designing, implementing, and improving multilateral treaties and regulatory systems.  He teaches courses relating to international law, development finance, and institutional reform.  In addition to teaching, he supports curriculum development, conducts research, organizes conferences, and strategy development and implementation.

From 2009 to 2012 he served as Director of Research, Policy, and Strategic Initiatives and from 2002 to 2009 as General Counsel and Secretary for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome.

McInerney's legal experience includes anti-corruption, corporate finance, environmental law and policy, human rights, international organizations, international investment, labor, land and natural resources, organizational compliance and ethics, public international law, and securities.

In addition to his legal practice and teaching, he has led numerous innovative initiatives to improve international law and advance global development.  In his recent book, Strategic Treaty Management:  Practice and Implications (Cambridge University Press 2015), he developed an original framework for devising strategies, managing, and solving global problems through international law and institutions. 

He has advised international organizations and governments, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Environment (UNE), Bioversity International, and the World Health Organization (WHO), develop innovative strategies and solutions to enhance the performance of global regulatory systems.  

From 1999 to 2002, as Program Manager with Social Accountability International, he conducted research, drafting, and fundraising for the Business Principles for Countering Bribery, a leading corporate anti-corruption management system and predecessor to the World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and the ISO 37001 Anti-Corruption Management System.

Prior to joining Social Accountability International, he practiced corporate and securities law with Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Ross & Hardies in New York.

He has trained and worked with hundreds of public officials, regulators, lawyers, and judges throughout the world on corporate governance, anti-corruption, private sector regulation, international law, and rule of law development.

He regularly writes and speaks on international law, global governance, regulation, and international development.

Based in Rome, Italy, he is admitted to practice in the State of New York in the United States.