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Photo of a man with grey hair and grey beard wearing a blue button-down shirt and red tie. His arms are crossed on his body and he is smiling into the camera. To the right is a white background with navy blue and black text that reads, "MIDDVantage: Exploring Careers in Conflict Transformation Ep. 5: Advancing Democracy, Justice, and Human Rights with Brian Concannon '85, Executive Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Interviewed by Laura Rivera '23"

CCI is thrilled to announce the release of the fifth and final episode of our alumni interview series, “MIDDVantage: Exploring Careers in Conflict Transformation.” Developed in collaboration with Middlebury in DC, the Middlebury Professional Network, and Middlebury students, this series has been a dedicated exploration of the field of conflict transformation.

In this concluding episode, titled “Advancing Democracy, Justice, and Human Rights,” viewers meet Brian Concannon ’85, the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. A human rights lawyer, Concannon’s career spans decades and is marked by his commitment to the pursuit of justice and human rights, particularly in Haiti.

The interview is conducted by Middlebury student Laura Rivera ‘23, offering her perspective on Concannon’s extensive work and its broader implications for those interested in careers in conflict transformation.

Brian (History, French), has dedicated his career to bringing the centuries-long struggle for justice by Haitians to the global forefront, addressing human rights decisions both in the United States and abroad. Brian lived and worked in Haiti from 1995 to 2004, first with the United Nations, and after 1996 with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, a human rights law firm. Brian’s cases include the prosecution of the 1994 Raboteau massacre in Haitian courts, Neptune v.Haiti, the first Haiti case at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the prosecution of former President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier and a lawsuit on behalf of the victims of cholera introduced by reckless disposal of waste at a UN Peacekeeping base in 2010. 

Brian is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He held a Brandeis International Fellowship in Human Rights, Intervention and International Law from 2001-2003, and was a 2005-06 Wasserstein Public Interest Law Fellow at Harvard Law School.

The final episode featuring Brian is now available for viewing. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain deeper insights into the role of conflict transformation in advancing democracy, justice, and human rights.

Watch the episode here.

As the “MIDDVantage: Exploring Careers in Conflict Transformation” series concludes, stay tuned for more discussions and insights from Middlebury alumni working in tech. The MIDDVantage journey continues this spring.