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Brian Concannon

United States  
Institute for Justice and Democracy in...
Joined June 2019
Interests: Corruption, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon Jr. directed the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) from 2004-2019. IJDH brings Haitians’ fight for justice to countries abroad where decisions about Haitians rights are made, and helps Haitians enforce the human rights they need to enforce to escape poverty and vulnerability. IJDH, along with its partner, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), litigates cases in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, trains progressive Haitian lawyers, documents human rights violations and works with grassroots activists in Haiti, North America and throughout the world.

Mr. Concannon lived and worked in Haiti for nine years from 1995 to 2004, first with the United Nations, and after 1996 with the BAI. The BAI and IJDH have spearheaded several innovative, high-impact human rights cases, including the Raboteau Massacre case, tried in 2000 and hailed as one of the most important human rights prosecution in the Americas. More recent IJDH/BAI cases include the prosecution of former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, a case against the United Nations for introducing cholera to Haiti, and the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project.

Mr. Concannon is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Middlebury College. He has held a Wasserstein Public Interest Law Fellowship at Harvard Law School, and a Brandeis International Fellowship in Human Rights, Intervention and International Law. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.

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