A Trustee’s Connections May Complicate NYU-Abu Dhabi Labor Probe

A Trustee’s Connections May Complicate NYU-Abu Dhabi Labor Probe 1

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Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak (left), a New York U. trustee, is at the nexus of a group of organizations charged with monitoring whether workers were treated appropriately during construction of NYU's new campus in Abu Dhabi. Above, Mr. Al Mubarak joined NYU's president, John E. Sexton, in congratulating Hillary Clinton as she received an honorary degree, in 2009.

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Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak (left), a New York U. trustee, is at the nexus of a group of organizations charged with monitoring whether workers were treated appropriately during construction of NYU's new campus in Abu Dhabi. Above, Mr. Al Mubarak joined NYU's president, John E. Sexton, in congratulating Hillary Clinton as she received an honorary degree, in 2009.

New York University has promised a swift investigation into recent allegations that construction workers were mistreated at its Abu Dhabi campus, but the probe could be particularly thorny, given a university trustee’s role within the emirate’s government.

NYU has been embroiled in controversy since last week, when The New York Times reported that