Michael Sullivan, an attorney and human rights lecturer, works for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, currently focused on the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum in Ukraine. Prior to signing on with the OSCE, Sullivan served for over three years with the U.S. Department of State as the Rule of Law Director for Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
In the years since his swearing in, Mr. Sullivan founded the United States’ Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team's (PRT) Rule of Law Program -- and was responsible for Rule of Law efforts in all of the provinces and districts throughout Regional Command South. For his service and commitment to human rights, and to the strengthening of the formal and informal rule of law systems in southern Afghanistan, he received numerous honors including the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award.
Before his overseas appointment, Sullivan served with the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program as an international law lecturer working with foreign delegations (to include foreign military intelligence, defense policymakers and force planners) focusing on applying humanitarian law and human rights instruments in times of crisis. Before that, he applied his legal drafting skills working as a Senior Program Manager with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Baghdad, Iraq (2005), assisting the Iraqi Constitutional Drafting Committee with drafting language for the new Constitution. Sullivan also has considerable overseas field experience, having worked in Bosnia during the conflict as well as serving as a human rights reporter (for Physicians for Human Rights the Nobel Peace Prize recipient) in Kosovo during the time of the Racak Massacre in 1999. He received his Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he specialized in International Law and International Security Studies.