Education: Degrees in law and international relations
Background: Lury Taiwo Nkouessom is the Team Leader of the Access to Justice Component of the USAID Mali Justice Project (MJP). Prior to joining MJP, he served as the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) Deputy Country Director for Programme in the DRC, managing a multimillion portfolio. Prior to that, he served as ABA ROLI Country Director in Mali, advising the government on transitional justice issues and working with communities and civil society organisations to establish truth-seeking mechanisms and contribute to reconciliation. Nkouessom formerly led the Carter Center’s access to justice program in Liberia, where he focused on strengthening traditional leaders’ dispute resolution capacity and promoting good governance through regular training and mentoring, as well as providing justice education and legal advisory services to marginalised communities through community-based paralegals. Previously, he worked as a Legal Advisor at the United Nations Mission in Liberia.
Expertise: Liberia; Mali; transitional justice; truth-seeking; customary justice; access to justice