Dr Erica Harper has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Doctor of Philosophy (International Law). She has worked for various international organizations and NGOs, including UNHCR (Geneva, Philippines and Timor Leste), Community and Family Services International (Philippines), UNDP (Geneva) and the International Development Law Organization (Indonesia and Geneva). She founded the WANA Institute – a Jordan-based policy think tank, in 2014 and led the organization until 2018. Prior to this, she occupied the position of Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the International Development Law Organization in Geneva (2007-2012) where she ran a portfolio of legal empowerment projects spanning 13 countries including in the areas of customary justice, community land titling, and child protection. During this period she was also seconded to UNDP to write the Guidance Note on Rule of Law Programming in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations and to UNHCR as Chair of the Global Protection Cluster Taskforce on Natural Disasters. Dr Harper is the author of four books on international legal issues, including protection in natural disaster situations, housing, land and property rights, and customary justice systems. She has also authored numerous journal articles and a series of edited volumes on rule of law programming in post-conflict and post-disaster environments. Her areas of specialization are post-conflict rule of law strengthening, customary justice systems, legal empowerment and Islamic legal systems. Dr Harper’s working languages are English and French; she also has a sound knowledge of Arabic.