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Labor Conditions at N.Y.U.’s Abu Dhabi Campus to Be Investigated by US Firm

New York University and the government of Abu Dhabi said this week that an investigative firm headed by a former federal prosecutor had been hired to conduct an inquiry into labor conditions at the university’s new Middle East campus.

The move comes a month after The New York Times reported on widespread labor abuses in the construction of N.Y.U. Abu Dhabi, which opens to students in the fall. The firm, Nardello & Company, which has offices around the world, will “conduct an independent review of allegations of labor violations,” N.Y.U. announced on Wednesday, “with a focus on those recently reported in the media.”

Daniel Nardello, the company’s founder, will lead the inquiry. In an interview, he said that he had not yet settled on any methodology, but that his team would include staff members from London and Dubai who had expertise in the region. “I assume that I will have wide access to speak to the people I need to speak to,” Mr. Nardello said.

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