Phillip James Walker
Phillip Walker is an international lawyer and consultant with a special focus on the reform and reconstruction of conflict and post-conflict societies. Since March 2010, he has served as senior legal adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Finance. While there, he has been involved in that state's most critical decisions in the area of economic and fiscal policy, including the resolution of Kabul Bank (the largest bank failure in the history of Afghanistan) and the negotiation of Afghanistan's current agreement with the International Monetary Fund. In recent years, his work has also taken him to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria, among other places, where he has provided advice in the areas of legislative and judicial reform, transition to civilian government, and constitutional drafting.
Prior to establishing his private consulting practice, Walker served as a U.S. diplomat in Cairo, Egypt. He also served at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and at U.S. embassies in Tunisia and Kuwait. He has taught courses on international law and comparative law of the Islamic world at several universities and writes and speaks frequently on international and comparative legal issues.
He has a JD from Cornell Law School, an MPhil from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's College), and a BA from Georgetown University. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and lives there, when not on mission, with his wife and their four children in a 1783 vintage farmhouse.