Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Thomas F. McInerney

Thomas McInerney is the Director of the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative ("TEI"), which fosters breakthroughs in the performance, efficiency, and legitimacy of international treaty institutions concerning arms control, the environment, labor, human rights, and transnational crime.

Prior to creating TEI, he was Director of Research, Policy, and Strategic Initiatives for the International Development Law Organization in Rome where he worked for 10 years. Through his leadership, IDLO initiated a research program on how individuals can be empowered to realize their rights under international law. The project grew from inception to generate six books, more than 50 research papers, and dozens of public events around the world. The knowledge generated through this work helped build partnerships with multilateral organizations, especially in the United Nations, and informed debates on international law, global regulation, and development. McInerney also led the 2008 effort to revamp IDLO’s strategy, resulting in one of the most promising and innovative approaches in promoting the rule of law to further social and economic opportunity in developing and transitional countries.  From 2002 to 2009, he served as General Counsel and Secretary of IDLO.

Prior to joining IDLO, McInerney practiced transactional corporate and securities law for four years with the law firms of Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Ross & Hardies in New York. Later, he served as Program Manager with Social Accountability International, where he led the organization’s efforts to develop management systems that translated multilateral treaties involving human rights, labor, and anti-corruption into practical business tools.

From 1999 to 2001, McInerney was the book critic for The Law Show, a nationally syndicated radio show on National Public Radio in the United States, and wrote a column on law books for Barnesandnoble.com.

McInerney is an adjunct professor at the Loyola University School of Law in Rome where he teaches on international law and development, and was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University in 2010/2011, where he developed the idea for TEI. Previously he was an adjunct professor in the Department of Ethics and Law at Fordham University’s School of Business in New York.


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