Lelia Mooney


Lelia Mooney is the director of the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL), a community of practice of over 3,000 members that promotes coordination and collaboration in the rule of law field through research, innovation and support to rule of law experts on the ground. She brings over twenty years of extensive field, network building and multi stakeholder engagement experience working on the intersection of governance and rule of law, diversity and social inclusion, justice and security, business, human rights and sustainability in conflict, post-conflict and development contexts. She has worked across Latin America and the Caribbean and has also worked in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Previously, Mooney was a director at Partners Global in Washington DC where she led several in-country and regional rule of law, governance, business and human rights initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Earlier in her career, she was the co-founder and director of the USAID funded Inter-American Democracy Network, with Asociación Conciencia in Argentina and Partners of the Americas in Washington, D.C., she served as the head of mission of the USAID funded International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) Governance, Civil Society and Transparency project in Paraguay and was the Rule of Law, Gender and Capacity Building specialist of the USAID funded Worldwide Women’s Legal Rights Initiative.

A lawyer graduated from the Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales y Politicas de la Universidad Nacional del Nordeste in Argentina, she also holds an LL.M. in law and international development studies from the University of Warwick Law School in the United Kingdom and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a former Kettering Foundation International Research Fellow. Lelia is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law where she also serves as the Secretary of the Section.


Book Editor: “Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Developments,” (ABA Press 2013)

Author: “Business, Human Rights and Sustainability Sourcebook,” (ABA Press 2016)

Promoting the Rule of Law in the Intersection of Business, Human Rights and Sustainability, Georgetown Journal of International Law, GJIL, Vol 46 Issue 4 (2015)

South America! Fracking’s Next Destination! Aligning Conditions Below and Above Ground for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development within a Governance and Sustainability Framework, The International Law News, Vol. 44, n 2 (2015)

Article Editor: Promoting the Rule of Law: A Conversation on its Evolution, Setbacks and Challenges, International Lawyer, Vol 44, n 2 (Summer 2010)

Introductory Note to the Inter-American Juridical Committee: Resolution on the Essential and Fundamental Elements of Representative Democracy and Their Relation to Collective Action within the Framework of the Inter-American Democratic Charter American Society of International Law, International Legal Materials, ILM, 48 1233 (2009)

Gender and the Law: Education as a Tool to Promote and Improve Women's Rights in Searching for Success: Narrative Accounts of Legal Reforms in Developing and Transition Countries, International Development Law Organization, September (2006)

Nick Dove

Police Forum Facilitator

Nick Dove is INPROL’s Police Forum Facilitator. He has over 30 years of domestic and international policing experience. In addition to being a trained hostage negotiator and firearms commander in the United Kingdom, he held the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, working on counter-terrorism, organized crime and anti-corruption cases. He led on the introduction of a Neighbourhood Policing model in Surrey Police, was at the forefront of change and innovation as part of the Metropolitan Police Race and Violent Crime Task Force and headed the Intelligence Bureau for London's Police.  In 2012, Nick led the Organized Crime Investigation Unit for the EULEX mission in Kosovo. In this role he spearheaded investigations against corruption, counter-terrorism and organized crime with a team of over 100 international police officers and local staff. In Kosovo, Nick and his team held full executive powers enabling them to conduct covert operations and investigate, arrest and charge criminals. Notable successes included indictments for drugs, firearms and human trafficking offenses and the introduction and successful delivery of effective joint investigation teams with Kosovo Police.  Currently, Nick works as a consultant around the world, including in Kenya and Ethiopia. He is also a Director of Law Enforcement for a global technology company, and advisor to a number of independent television companies.

Kristina Simion

Rule of Law Research Forum Facilitator

Kristina Simion is the facilitator of INPROL’s Rule of Law Research Forum. She previously worked as a Rule of Law Officer for the Swedish Agency for Peace, Security and Development at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) where her research involved a quantitative study on United Nations Peace Operations and rule of law assistance in Africa. She also contributed to a publication on evaluations in rule of law assistance and collected empirical data on rule of law practitioners’ experience from the field. Her work also included research within the field of rule of law in public administration. Before joining the FBA, Kristina worked for Transparency International Sweden.  Kristina has lectured and taught in the areas of rule of law and corruption, customary and non-state justice actors, United Nations rule of law assistance and rule of law and public administration. 

Originally from Sweden, Kristina holds a LLM from Stockholm University, specialising in law and development, customary justice, and comparative law. She is currently, undertaking PhD studies at the Regulatory Institutions Network, the Australian National University where she also works as a Research Project Officer. Kristina’s thesis explores brokers and intermediaries and their role in rule of law assistance to Myanmar.

Chelsea Dreher

Senior Program Assistant

Chelsea Dreher is INPROL's Program Assistant, based at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Before coming to USIP, Chelsea interned for Senators Dick Durbin and Amy Klobuchar of the United States Senate, and for Teachta Dála Ciarán Lynch of the Oireachtas Éireann. She has lived and studied in Ireland, Jordan, Morocco, South Africa, and Qatar, and she worked as a research assistant for former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley before serving as a Research Assistant for USIP's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding from July of 2015 to January of 2016.

Chelsea earned her M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and her B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.