John Packer is Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He previously taught at the Fletcher School (Tufts University) and the University of Essex, held fellowships at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and has lectured at academic and professional institutions around the world. He worked for 20 years for the UN and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and has advised governments, communities, and other actors in over 50 countries. In 2012–2014, he was the Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the UN Mediation Support Unit Standby Team of Experts. Research areas include the intersection of human rights (including minority rights) and security, conflict prevention and quiet diplomacy, international mediation, transitional arrangements, and institutional developments at domestic and multilateral levels.