Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A. & B. Social Welfare, Temple University; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Pat Merloe is a Senior Associate and Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where his work has taken him to more than 65 countries, addressing democratic political development and civil and political rights. He engages with international and national actors in legal and constitutional reform, political party and citizen organization efforts concerning electoral integrity and international election observation. This includes working with the UN and regional intergovernmental organizations, international NGOs and citizen groups on developing principles, standards of practice and emerging norms concerning honest elections, open government and citizens’ right to participation in public affairs.
Professor Merloe has produced a dozen publications on comparative law, human rights and elections, was the co-initiator and lead negotiator of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, launched at the UN Secretariat in 2005 and twice acknowledged with appreciation by UN General Assembly resolutions, and was the principle facilitator for Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors in developing a corresponding declaration launched at the UN in 2012, which is now endorsed by more than 200 citizen organizations and networks from 80 countries. He is a frequent public speaker, occasionally presents Congressional testimony and participates in media interviews.
Pat conducted private practice with Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, concentrating in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions, taught international human rights law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and co-chaired the Bar Association of San Francisco International Human Rights Committee. He was an Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was an Instructor for LL.M. students at Penn Law in U.S. Legal Research, Writing & Legal Systems. He conducted graduate work in Public Policy Analysis at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC, through The Union Graduate School of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities and taught undergraduate seminars on social issues at Temple University.
Professor Merloe teaches International Law.