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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Patrick Merloe

Patrick Merloe is senior associate and director of electoral programs at NDI. Mr. Merloe has over 30 years of experience in promoting citizen empowerment, governmental accountability and public policy advocacy. He oversees the Institute's programs concerning: nonpartisan citizen election monitoring and advocacy for electoral integrity; political party electoral integrity activities; constitutional and law reform efforts concerning electoral rights; and international election observation.

Mr. Merloe has participated in over 150 international missions for NDI to more than 65 countries, concentrating on conflict-sensitive states and countries that are vulnerable to authoritarian tendencies. He has produced a dozen publications on comparative law, human rights and elections, and served as the principal drafter and negotiator of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, which is endorsed by 38 international organizations. Mr. Merloe is a frequent public speaker, provides news media interviews and occasionally has presented Congressional testimony. He has worked with United Nations bodies, other intergovernmental organizations, international human rights and domestic organizations concerned with democracy, human rights and the rule of law and taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Mr. Merloe received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, conducted graduate work at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., and completed his undergraduate education at Temple University.

Selected writings and statements from Mr. Merloe: