David Law

Senior Fellow

David Law is a security and governance practitioner, with over 30 years’ experience as a policy advisor and advocate, facilitator, teacher, trainer, editor and writer.


Prior to joining the Centre for Security Governance, David worked from 2003 to 2011 with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) as a senior fellow. From 2008 to 2010, he was assigned as senior advisor to DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team to support this then newly created division of DCAF during its start-up phase. In these positions, he was responsible for designing and delivering security sector governance (SSG) training programs and editing the DCAF Backgrounder series on SSG. He also played a leading role in developing DCAF’s overall approach to SSG and in elaborating the SSG approaches of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

From 1984 to 1994, David was on the staff of the NATO Political Directorate where, in his last position, he was the first head of the organization’s Policy Planning and Speechwriting Section. David has held several teaching assignments in Europe and North America, and written widely on security and governance issues. He has also worked for NGOs active in such areas as parliamentary empowerment, election monitoring, refugee resettlement, regional confidence building, international youth exchange and scenario planning.

David has carried out consultancy assignments in some 40 countries around the world, with the EU, Council of Europe, OSCE, Economic Community of West African States, United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. David is operational in several languages, including French, Russian and Spanish.