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John Davidson

Senior Advisor (Legal Framework and Parliament), Asia-Pacific Unit (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)

John Davidson is a member of DCAF’s Asia-Pacific Unit and the Key Expert Legal Framework and Parliament for the 2016-2021 EU-funded MYPOL project “Support to the Reform of the Myanmar Police Force.” John holds one of two permanent long-term consultant positions based in Myanmar as part of DCAF’s contribution to this project.


John is a specialist on security sector reform and manager of foreign aid projects with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked as a parliamentary and judicial sector capacity building expert and legal educator, with extensive experience in Central Asia, the Balkans, Ukraine and the Caucasus region. He has led technical teams of varying experience and background on large-scale Rule of Law programmes, namely in Turkmenistan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Kazakhstan. He led two large-scale parliamentary strengthening programmes for USAID in Kyrgyzstan and Kosovo, and worked to introduce legal reforms as a team leader for more than three years in both Kazakhstan and Armenia.


John has a strong understanding of the politics and economics of developing countries, having completed a Ph.D. on international politics and economics at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies (1987), as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law at the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law (1994). John Davidson is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied history and social sciences.