Thomas F. McInerney is an international corporate lawyer and strategist. He is experienced in managing legal affairs for organizations and companies operating in multiple jurisdictions and designing, implementing, and improving multilateral treaties and regulatory systems.
From 2002 to 2009 he served as General Counsel and Secretary to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome where he managed global legal and compliance matters. Currently, he is Professor of Rule of Law and Development at Loyola University School of Law in Rome, Italy, where he teaches courses relating to international law, development finance, and institutional reform.
McInerney's legal experience includes anti-corruption, corporate finance, environmental law and policy, human rights, international organizations, international investment, labor, land and natural resources, organizational compliance and ethics, public international law, and securities.
In addition to his legal practice and teaching, he has led numerous innovative initiatives to improve international law and advance global development. In his recent book, Strategic Treaty Management: Practice and Implications (Cambridge University Press 2015), he developed an original framework for devising strategies, managing, and solving global problems through international law and institutions.
In 2012, he launched the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative, dedicated to gathering, consolidating, and generating knowledge on practices related to improving treaty results. He helps international organizations and governments, including the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Environment (UNE), Bioversity International, and the World Health Organization (WHO), develop innovative strategies and solutions to enhance the performance of global regulatory systems.
In addition, from 1999 to 2002, as Program Manager with Social Accountability International, he conducted research, drafting, and fundraising for the Business Principles for Countering Bribery, a leading corporate anti-corruption management system and predecessor to the World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and the ISO 37001 Anti-Corruption Management System.
He has trained and worked with hundreds of public officials, regulators, lawyers, and judges throughout the world on corporate governance, anti-corruption, private sector regulation, international law, and rule of law development.
He regularly writes and speaks on international law, global governance, regulation, and international development.
He is admitted to practice in the State of New York in the United States.