Dr Chris Mahony is Political Economy Advisor at the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, where he was formerly Criminal Justice and Citizen Security Specialist from 2014 to 2015. He is also Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Advisor at UNDP, Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law Research and Policy, and Visiting Research Fellow at Georgetown University Law Centre. He holds a B.Com. and an LL.B. from the University of Otago, and a Master’s in African Studies (M.Sc.) and a D.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford. He was admitted to the bar of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006 where he appeared for the Crown in criminal and refugee matters.
In 2003, aged 21, Chris drafted the recommendations on governance and corruption for the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and co-authored the ‘Historical antecedents to the conflict’ chapter. In 2008, he directed the Witness Evaluation Legacy Project at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He has advised governments, the private and not for profit sector on political economy, geopolitics, security, rule of law issues - issues on which he has published numerous books, articles, and policy papers. From 2012 to 2013, he was Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice, Faculty of Law, Auckland University. While studying, he played professional rugby, including 3 years for Auckland, when they won the NPC and Ranfurly Shield (2007).