Omar M. Dajani has legal, political, and diplomatic skills that have placed him squarely in the center of one of the world's most troubled regions: the Middle East. As Political Advisor to United Nations Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larson from 2001 to 2003, Dajani was intimately involved in a range of U.N. initiatives to foster peace in the region. Proficient in Arabic, he played a lead role in marshalling and organizing international efforts to support Palestinian legal and political reforms, and represented the U.N. in donor groups supporting Palestinian elections, the development of rule of law, and civil society mobilization. Prior to joining the U.N., Dajani was Senior Legal Advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team, where he gained unique experience in preparing and negotiating complex agreements covering a variety of contested matters including borders, security, law enforcement, trade and financial issues in peace talks with Israel. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.