© 2015 by Margaret Ziimmerman.

GOVERNANCE, JUSTICE AND RULE OF LAW
 

In 2012-2013, she was  one of seven core team members of the Darfur Joint Assessment (DJAM) led by UNDP Sudan. Initiated by the Darfur Regional Authority, this mission is stipulated in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur. This assessment proved  crucial in determining the needs of Darfur across a variety of sectors which will in turn guide the resources required for addressing those needs within a six year period culminating in the Darfur Development Strategy. The full report Developing Darfur: A Recovery and Reconstruction Strategy  was presented at the 2013 International Donor Conference for Darfur in Doha, Qatar.  This conference raised $3.7billion in funding towards the Darfur Development Strategy where Margaret served as the governance, justice and reconciliation consultant. Margaret has spoken on several occasions about her unique mixture of academic, human rights advocate and experience on the DJAM in support of the Darfur Development Strategy and recognised in national news outlet - Sudan Vision Daily.

HUMANITARIAN
 

Margaret presently serves as an Advisor to the UN Humanitarian Envoy to the UN Secretary-General    Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi, where she plays an integral role in helping the Humanitarian Envoy to achieve his mandate. Margaret's advice seeks to support the Humanitarian Envoy to facilitate multilateral humanitarian response efforts by raising the profile of humanitarian crises with Governments and non-governmental organisations and increasing their engagement with the international humanitarian community.

Margaret translates the academic and theoretical teachings of human rights and international law into real world practice through the development of long-term strategies to support the rule of law.  This largely occurs in real world conflict or post-conflict environments in the process of rebuidling governance and justice structures and institutions across many different humanitarian stakeholders and actors.
HUMAN RIGHTS 
 

In 2014, she consulted for UNDP Libya in support of human rights in Libya while simultaneously mainstreaming human rights into future and on-going UNDP projects. In that capacity she conducted an assessment of the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights, the national human rights institution of Libya, with an aim towards developing a UNDP Strategy of Support. Ultimately, the aim is to help a burgeoning human rights institution solidify itself amongst national and international stakeholders.

LEGAL SERVICES

Margaret served as Legal Counsel for Qatar University where she played an integral role in in the provision of legal advice at the heart of the University. The Office of the General Counsel at Qatar University was a new department and Margaret served as an advisor to provide high quality, robust and timely advice on establishing the office and across the whole of the University's activities. Specifically, Margaret advised on intellectual property, construction, international agreements, procurement, licensing agreements, risk management and corporate governance. Additionally, she sought to develop and promote University guidelines and policies, advising on contracts and procurements, provide generalist legal advice and further Qatar University's overall strategy and vision.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE
 

Margaret served as an International Fellow at the Istituto Superiore Internazionale de Scienze Criminali, in Siracusa, Italy. Following the fellowship, she continued as a Programme Officer working with Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni as the coordinator for the Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice Project. 

 

She was also a Guest Researcher with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i. Br., Germany. 

EXPERIENCE