Darren Thorne

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Hons. B.A. (McMaster), LL.B. (Osgoode), LL.M. (London School of Economics), Bar of Ontario

Educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Master of Laws Degree, Public International Law – graduation with Distinction), and Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School (Bachelor of Laws Degree), Darren Thorne is an international lawyer and consultant specializing in international human rights, constitutional and public international law.  Based in Europe in recent years, Mr. Thorne has an extensive history of onsite international development work in the area of rule of law enhancement, and within the last few years has been involved in project work in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, Mongolia and Italy, among other places.  He has worked collaboratively on international development projects with organizations such as the WTO, World Bank, UNDP, GTZ and a number of regional governments, donors and development agencies. Mr. Thorne is also an annual lecturer on the International Trade and Investment Law Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs at the University of the Western Cape, and the University of Pretoria, in South Africa.  He previously spent one year living and teaching international law in the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Thorne is an expert in International Human Rights Law and international relations.  Beyond his work in law and international development, he is well traveled and versed in the politics, culture and the day to day realities of life in a range in foreign countries, including China, Ethiopia, South Africa and Italy, among others. Closer to home, he has domestic expertise in Canadian constitutional law, with equality rights being a longstanding area of interest.  Since his full-time return to Canada, Mr. Thorne worked as counsel with the Constitutional Law Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where he practiced constitutional litigation on behalf of the Government of Ontario.  He is currently Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, where he oversees and coordinates all civil law activities of the Ministry of the Attorney General.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations.