U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s ability to pull off a complete reversal of policy position is what makes him the most dangerous opponent President Obama could have had.
Educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Master of Laws Degree, Public International Law and International Human Rights), and Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School (Bachelor of Laws Degree), Mr. Thorne began his legal career in Canada before beginning to work internationally.
Based in Europe in recent years, he has an extensive history of onsite international development work in the area of rule of law enhancement, and within the last three years has been involved in project work in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, Mongolia, and Italy, among other places. He has worked collaboratively on international development projects with organizations such as the WTO, World Bank, UNDP, GTZ, and a number of regional governments, donors, and development agencies. He is also an annual lecturer on the Master of Laws programs at the University of the Western Cape, and the University of Pretoria, in South Africa. He previously spent one year living and teaching international law in the People’s Republic of China.
Beyond his work in international development, he is extremely well traveled and versed in the politics, culture, and the day to day realities of life in a range in foreign countries, including China, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Italy, among others. Closer to home, he also has expertise in Canadian constitutional law, with equality rights being a longstanding area of interest.
A proud Canadian, he is pleased to have recently relocated his base of operations to Canada (well, mostly), and looks forward to catching up on his other passion, North American sports.
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