Usman Shadrach Haruna is an accomplished national and international law practitioner. He was until his appointment a criminal justice expert and legal adviser in the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. In that role he coordinated the transnational and international criminal justice work of the Commonwealth Secretariat and led experts and trainers to provide technical assistance to member countries in diverse areas of justice needs. These include, but not limited to, law reforms, capacity building and institutional strengthening in areas such as money laundering, assets recovery, cybercrimes, virtual currencies, International cooperation, among others.
Prior to joining the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2009, Mr. Haruna worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria, on Human Trafficking and Migrants Smuggling, as a Crime Prevention Expert. In that role he provided training and institutional support to member States on the law reforms and on strategy to investigate and prosecute human trafficking.
Mr. Haruna is a former Federal Counsel and a prosecutor with the Federal Ministry of Justice. During the period, he served as assistant legal adviser in several Federal Ministries and a pioneer Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons.
Mr. Haruna holds LL.B from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and LL.M from University of Lagos. He is a barrister and solicitor of Supreme Court of Nigeria, a member of Nigeria Bar Association, International Bar Association, International Association of Prosecutors, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, among others. He has also served in a number of United Nations and regional organisations’ experts working groups on criminal justice reforms, development of models and manuals on assets recovery, anti-corruption, international cooperation, money laundering, virtual currencies and cybercrimes.
He is happily married with children.