"Haiti: Can Catastrophe Spur Progress?" with William O'Neill
- Conflict Prevention;
- Emergency Planning & Recovery;
- Latin America and the Caribbean;
A Seminar on Haiti
On March 17, William O'Neill, Director of the SSRC's Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF), spoke on the recent earthquake in Haiti and the challenges that lie ahead for the country. Recently returned from assisting U.N. operations in Haiti, O'Neill examined why the earthquake caused so much destruction and death, and what he believes should be done to build a new, better Haiti.
About William O'Neill
William O'Neill, Program Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, is a lawyer specializing in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. He has published widely on rule of law, human rights and peacekeeping, including, Kosovo: An Unfinished Peace and Protecting Two Million Displaced: The Successes and Shortcomings of the African Union in Darfur. In the spring of 2008, O’Neill was visiting professor of law and international relations at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. O'Neill has worked on Haiti since the mid-1980s, written several books and numerous articles about human rights, rule of law, judiciary and police in Haiti. He has worked for the UN there from 1993-95 as head of the legal department of UN/OAS International Civilian Mission in Haiti. He has also worked for several NGOs working on Haiti.