Phillip Drew is currently Associate Professor at Australian National University College of Law, and since 2013 a Qualified Expert for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and a Senior Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
After a very rewarding thirty-one year career in the Canadian military, Dr. Drew taught International Humanitarian Law at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, the Bader International Study Centre in Herstmonceux (BISC), UK, the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), and the International Institute for Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in San Remo, Italy. In 2015, he founded the Specialized Program in International Law and Politics at BISC and became its first director.
Dr. Drew spent the majority of his military career as an Intelligence Officer, serving in the first Gulf War (1990-91), and in Rwanda during and after the genocide (1994-95). Following the completion of his law degree at Queen’s in 2000, he joined the Office of the Judge Advocate General. There he served in the Directorate of Military Justice Policy and Research (2002-04); as legal advisor to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet (2004-09); and as the officer in charge of Legal Education and Training at the Canadian Forces Military Law Centre. As the legal advisor to the Pacific Fleet he deployed to the Indian Ocean/Arabian Sea on board a Canadian warship in 2006-07 where he provided legal advice for counter-piracy, leadership interdiction and drug interdiction operations.
Dr. Drew is internationally recognized as a leading authority on the use of force. As a co-author of the San Remo Rules of Engagement Handbook, he teaches Rules of Engagement (ROE) and Use of Force throughout the world. In 2013, he was invited by NATO to be an expert adviser for the development of ROE Training. Following his appointment at NATO, he was hired by the UNODC to create a Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) regime for use by Private Security Companies (PSC). Teaming up with several of the authors of the San Remo Handbook, and consulting with governments and several of the world’s largest PSCs, he has developed a comprehensive RUF manual and associated training materials that are expected to set the international standard for use of force by private security companies.
In July 1994, then Captain Drew was deployed to Rwanda with the advance party of the First Canadian Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment. Operating as both the Canadian Contingent and United Nations Force Intelligence Officer he developed a deep and comprehensive understanding of the genocide and its causes. Tasked with identifying and recording massacre sites, and collecting witness testimony, he was the first foreigner to document much of what had transpired outside of the country’s major population centres. When UN War Crimes Investigation teams arrived in Rwanda in September 1994, Captain Drew was instrumental in providing them with evidence, background information, suspect lists, and insight into the events that had occurred.
On his return to Canada in February 1995, Dr. Drew commenced what was to become a life-long study of the cultural underpinnings of genocide. While a law student he wrote an award-winning paper on the topic of criminal justice reform in post-genocide Rwanda. He regularly lectures on the sociological and historical underpinnings of genocide.