New-Rule Advisors are a diverse network of rule of law and democracy and governance professionals, numbering in the hundreds. New-Rule is committed to the proper blend of skill sets, deep professional roots, practical field experience, and substantive expertise. This focus is New-Rule’s strength and defined niche, and the advisors that New-Rule relies upon are tested and ready to work across all legal and cultural divides.



Robert Lochary was most recently a sitting Municipal Court Judge in Lakewood, Colorado, where he presided over criminal, juvenile, and civil cases in a home-rule city of approximately 150,000 people. With over two decades of legal experience, Mr. Lochary is a seasoned rule of law veteran with a unique mix of domestic and international experience. After spending almost a decade as a U.S. prosecutor, he converted to international rule of law work, accumulating approximately eight years of field experience ranging from sub-Saharan Africa to the far borders of Eurasia. For example, in Nepal, Mr. Lochary helped train Nepalese prosecutors, police officers, National Human Rights Commission Investigators and members of the Nepal Bar Association on collection and use of forensic evidence related to human rights violations, and in Ethiopia, he lead the American Bar Association assessment team that completed the Ethiopian Judicial Reform Index. Whether as an expert or a hands-on manager, he has employed his prosecutorial and judicial roots to international rule of law programs wherever needed.

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Charles Jakosa is presently the Team Leader Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) $30 million Solomon Islands Justice Program, which seeks to bolster the justice and corrections institutions and services throughout the Solomon Islands. Until early 2015 he led the $28 million United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID)-contracted Access to Security and Justice Program in Sierra Leone, seeking to enhance the institutional capacity of the central government’s justice sector entities, enhance informal justice mechanisms that function in rural areas, and assist non-governmental entities’ ability to demand greater services, educate citizens, and monitor the Government’s provision of services. Mr. Jakosa began his legal career working as a public defender and representing indigent Native Americans and then transitioned to working with the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney, where he received awards for his service. Since transitioning to international legal development work, he has spent the last decade working in Africa, Eurasia, and Latin America. With the
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United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Mr. Jakosa managed the development of an integrated monitoring and evaluation system, establishing indicators and setting baselines, for UNDP’s Rule of Law Global Program activities in 20 priority countries, and he has also worked on country specific evaluations, e.g., Liberia. In 2013, he completed his Project Management Professional Certification, which is illustrative of his commitment to combining the latest in modern management with rule of law programming.

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Marilyn Zelin
Marilyn Zelin
has 20 years of experience leading rule of law development programs across the Europe/Eurasia and MENA regions. Her specializations include legal profession reform, legal education reform, access to justice, alternative dispute resolution and justice sector reform. Ms. Zelin’s work with the bar ranges from founding the Croatian Women’s Bar Association in 1996 to establishing the Georgian Bar Association, the country’s first independent bar association in 2006. She promoted greater diversity in the legal profession in Macedonia and authored a Report on Diversity in the Legal Profession in the Republic of Macedonia. In Kosovo, she spearheaded the introduction of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and facilitated donor coordination and collaboration, resulting in the training and certification of the first generation of Kosovar arbitrators and mediators and establishment of pilot ADR centers. Ms. Zelin started her legal career worked on complex corporate transactions at major international law firms and transferred her skills to become the first commercial law liaison for the American Bar Association’s program in Croatia. After 20 years in the field, she is now working as a short-term consultant and has recently completed performance evaluations for three USAID supported rule of law programs.

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Gail Ervin
Gail Ervin is Principal of the Ervin Consulting Group, and Co-Team Leader for the Mediators Beyond Borders Kenya Initiative. Dr. Ervin has over 30 years of experience in environmental planning, environmental and public policy mediation, and community capacity building, and has been involved in conflict resolution capacity building efforts on five continents. She is past Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) International Section, past U.S. Representative to the World Mediation Forum Steering Committee, and is a Rotary Peace Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Human Science/International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Saybrook University, and holds Certificates in Peace and Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and Saybrook University, USA. This professional experience uniquely complemented by her active civic involvement provides a thorough understanding of public policy analysis, public dispute resolution, project management, public outreach, and development issues from multiple perspectives. 



Janet Lord is an international disability rights lawyer with more than 15 years of experience working on disability in the context of international development. She holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the George Washington University Law School. An internationally recognized expert on human rights and disability, Lord participated in all of the negotiations for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She regularly consults with governments, inter-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations on disability law, policy and practices and has worked in more than 30 countries worldwide. She advises UN bodies and international organizations on human rights in the context of inclusive development. Lord’s scholarship and practice-oriented work has been published globally and widely disseminated. She has taught international law and human rights at several institutions and is currently teaching at American University, Washington College of Law and at the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law. Her work has been recognized by various bodies and she serves on a variety of non profit boards and editorial committees. She is currently serving as director on the boards of Amnesty International USA and the US International Council on Disabilities.



Imman Ali
Hon. Justice M. Imman Ali
currently serves in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is Chairman of the Judicial Reform Committee. An expert in juvenile justice, Justice Ali has made substantial contributions to dialogue and scholarship concerning the rights of women and children, human trafficking, domestic violence, and child marriage. His book,Towards a Justice Delivery System for Children in Bangladesh, was published by UNICEF in 2010, and he has provided commentary on children’s rights issues for Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Penal Reform International (PRI). Justice Ali is on the faculty of the Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) and has also trained lawyers, police, government officials and other professionals at the Legal Education Training Institute (LETI), Aparajayo Bangladesh and numerous international organizations. From 1998-2001, he served as Deputy Attorney General of Bangladesh. Justice Ali received his B.A. (Hons.) in Law from the University of Nottingham Trent University (UK) and his LL.M. and at the University of Leicester (UK).

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Peter Hosking
Peter Hosking.
With eight years as a human rights commissioner and 20 years’ experience advising National Human Rights Commissions (NHRIs) in nearly 30 countries across the globe, it is no exaggeration to say that Peter Hosking is the world’s leading expert on the establishment, management and operation of NRHIs. He was a delegate in Paris in 1991 when the UN-endorsed Paris Principles were approved as the international standard for NHRIs. Later he worked with the UN and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to train human rights commissioners and their staffs, as well as government officials and HRDs, in all human rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Mr. Hosking has led capacity development initiatives to improve NHRI performance in complaints investigations, mediation and conciliation, Treaty Body reporting and the Universal Periodic Review process, research and policy recommendations, as well human rights education, training and promotion. As a management consultant, he has built corporate capacity in the human rights field and evaluated many human rights development programs. Mr. Hosking received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Diploma in Corporate Management from the University of Auckland.

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Molly Inman
Molly Inman, PhD, is currently a visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution MA Program where she teaches courses on civil war, human rights, ethnic politics, and research methods. She is also a USAID Democracy Fellow evaluating a civic education program in Georgia. Dr. Inman has nearly a decade of experience working in rule of law program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. She has worked on programs throughout the former Yugoslavia and has conducted field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chad, Georgia and Indonesia. Additionally, she has collaborated on numerous research projects related to the documentation and/or prevention of violence and mass atrocities. Dr. Inman received her Ph.D. in from the University of Maryland, where she developed expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her primary areas of research include democratic transitions, ethnic politics and violent conflict. She has published articles in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Journal of Organizational Behavior, among others. Dr. Inman has a M.A. in Democracy and Human Rights from the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. 



Gavin Weise
Gavin Weise
has more than twelve years of experience managing democracy, elections, human rights and rule of law assistance programs. He has worked in over a dozen countries in Eurasia and is experienced leading complex international operations. His electoral experience includes advising Election Management Bodies on electoral operations, training of election officials, voter education, public relations, legal reform and the counting and tabulation of results. Mr. Weise has designed multiple public information programs with non-governmental organizations and electoral authorities. In addition, he has worked closely with civil society and judicial bodies on initiatives promoting access to justice, capacity building and training, and law reform. He has led and contributed to assessments of legal frameworks, and on the development of constitutional and related electoral legislation in multiple countries.

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Katherine Lauffer.
 In Azerbaijan, New-Rule Senior Advisor Katherine Lauffer is helping to accelerate procurement processes for USAID's Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA) being implemented by East-West Management Institute. SEDA supports community-driven, small-scale infrastructure projects that advance socio-economic development at the local level. Ms. Lauffer is guiding SEDA's community mobilization tactics, which target youth, women and IDPs to increase their involvement in their country’s economic and political future. She is also improving how the project demonstrates impact by strengthening its M&E system.

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Jennifer Kresge has over twenty-eight years of experience in mediation. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and a Master’s of Governance certification. Ms. Kresge has been an active participant in the development of negotiation and mediation training programs, and an innovator in the use of neuroscience research in negotiation and mediation. She mediates family, trustee and business disputes, divorce, custody and visitation, personal injury, as well as school and government conflicts. She is a Past President of the State of California County Boards of Education. In addition to initiating the development of a Strategic Plan for the California County Boards of Education, she has been directly involved in social, political and economic leadership, and has assisted in the development of programs which have benefited individuals and organizations. She has been a guest instructor and adjunct professor in both the private and public sector. Ms. Kresge has trained and presented in the field of mediation both nationally and internationally. She is a past President for the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC), serves on the Napa Valley Leadership Council, and was a regional member of the Obama Transition Team for Healthcare. For the past ten years, she has been involved in postgraduate coursework in neuroscience, and is a member of the Brainy Bunch and the Learning Omnivores.

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Robert Pulver (inactive) has worked for over eighteen years on governance, rule of law, judicial reform and constitutional matters in transitional and post-conflict settings. Mr. Pulver has conducted rule of law assessments and planning missions in Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Mali, Montenegro, Sudan and other transitional and post-conflict settings. In addition, Mr. Pulver served as Co-Head of the Kosovo Department for Democratic Governance and Civil Society – a quasi ministry in Kosovo’s jointly-run administration. He established rule of law programmes for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Albania and Kosovo. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Pulver taught aspiring judges and prosecutors at the Albanian School for Magistrates.

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Advisor Bios: 

Chief of Party, USAID

Team Lead, AUSAID

Experienced Rule of Law Consultant

Founder, Ervin Consulting Group; Mediators Beyond Borders

International Human Rights Lawyer and Inclusive Development Practitioner

Supreme Court Judge, Bangladesh

Senior Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN agencies

Visiting Assistant Professor in Georgetown University's Conflict Resolution MA Program; Democracy Fellow, USAID

Chief Technical Advisor, UNDP

Experienced Rule of Law Consultant

Director at Jennifer Kresge Mediation, Training & Counseling Services

Robert Pulver (inactive)
Chief, Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Section, Office for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, DPKO, UN