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Tufts prof. named to senior UN position in Liberia

December 6, 2011
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MEDFORD, Mass.—U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tufts University law professor Louis Aucoin (oh-KOYN') as his deputy special representative for rule of law for the West African nation of Liberia.

He replaces Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu of Ghana, who completed her assignment.

Aucoin is currently the academic director of the Fletcher School of Law graduate program in international law. His research interests include rule of law, tribal law and peacekeeping.

Aucoin has advised numerous countries on transitional justice, constitutional reform and in the development and drafting of their new constitutions, including Cambodia, Rwanda, East Timor and Kosovo.

Liberia is struggling to consolidate gains it has made since the end of the 14-year war, a conflict that killed up to a quarter-of-a-million people in a country only slightly larger than Tennessee.

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