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Senior Law and Human Rights Advisor

Dr. Ford works on the role of business in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and approaches to promoting conflict-sensitive business practices. He is also an expert on the emerging framework on the human rights responsibilities of business. He is the author of 'Regulating Business for Peace: The United Nations, the Private Sector and Post-Conflict Recovery' (Cambridge, 2015), a forthcoming book on principled investment in countries undergoing democratic transition (Hurst/OUP 2016) and maintains a blog, 'Private Sector, Public World', on the role and regulation of business in society.

Dr. Ford is an Associate Professor at the College of Law, the Australian National University, Canberra (ANU), an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House, London) and a Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance programme at the University of Oxford. He is part of the expert network on corporate responsibility and private sector development issues for the UN Development Programme's Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery UNDP-BCPR.

A qualified lawyer, Dr. Ford holds degrees from the ANU, Cambridge University, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. From Zimbabwe, he has worked in government, an intergovernmental organisation, academia, civil society, private sector consulting and freelance consulting. Until end-2013, he headed the Africa practice of Oxford Analytica, the global 'macro-diligence' consultancy.

Selected Publications, Reports and Lectures

Regulating Business for Peace: the UN, the private sector and post-conflict recovery, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Investing in Stability: can extractive-sector development help build peace? London: Chatham House, 2015 (co-authored).

Business and Human Rights: bridging the governance gap, London: Chatham House, 2015.

Business and Human Rights: emerging challenges to consensus and coherence, London: House, 2015.

Towards a model of UN-sponsored post-conflict regulation of responsible business activity (2014)(4) Journal of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development 84.

Engaging Business in Post-Conflict Recovery, Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies, 2014.

Engaging the Private Sector in Africa's Peaceful Development, Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies, 2014.

Too little, too late? International Oversight of Contract Negotiations during Liberia's Transition (2010) 17(3) International Peacekeeping 361 (co-authored).

Peacebuilding and the Private Sector: Scoping a Research Agenda, Issues Paper No. 4, Centre for International Governance & Justice, Canberra, 2008 (co-authored).

Thematic specialisations

Business and human rights; regulatory trends around responsible business activity in weak governance zones; conflict analysis, conflict-sensitive business practices; extractive industries and peacebuilding; generic issues of peacebuilding; private sector investment and engagement fragile, conflict-affected and diplomatically isolated states.

Regional specialisations

Sub-Saharan Africa