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William McDermott

Project Officer, Policy and Research Division

William McDermott is a Project Officer in the Policy and Research Division, where he oversees the ombuds institutions programme. His primary responsibilities include organizing the International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces, an annual conference which gathers ombuds institutions from over 50 countries to share good practices and lessons learned, and to develop increased cooperation, as well as coordinating and publishing research on the topic. William has published numerous resources, including the “Handbook on Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces.” William also contributes to DCAF’s programme on democratic governance, focusing on issues such as intelligence oversight, parliamentary oversight of the security sector, and human rights and fundamental freedoms of armed forces personnel.

Prior to joining DCAF, William worked in a variety of positions in the field of disarmament and security issues, including the secretariat of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the United Nations Institute of Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and interning in Human Rights Watch's Arms Division. William received his Master's Degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Geneva (IHEID), concentrating in security and conflict management. William received his Bachelor's degree with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.