John Dermody graduated from UC Hastings in May 2007 and is currently conducting rule of law research as a Fulbright Fellow in Sierra Leone.
The research will be examining the effect of moving the Charles Taylor trial to the Hague on legal development in Sierra Leone. Hopefully, the research will be able to provide an assessment of the capacity-building aspects of hybrid war crimes tribunals and provide guidance for future accountability and development measures. In addition to the Fulbright research, John is working as a clerk in the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
John graduated from Berkeley in 2002 and has a M.A. in International Politics from Queen's University Belfast. During law school John worked in the General Counsel's Office of the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT).
As an avid sports fan, John is struggling with his inability to watch his Cal Bears excel in college football this season. Fortunately, he works out that frustration by playing basketball with local Freetown kids at the basketball courts down by the national stadium. So if you are looking for a game, just come on over to sweet Salone.