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Editors

Prof Gerhard Kemp

Gerhard Kemp is professor of criminal law and international criminal law at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), and advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He studied law at the universities of Stellenbosch, and Antwerp (Belgium). Gerhard’s research outputs (which include books, chapters in books and articles in scientific journals) focus on international criminal law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and humanitarian law. He is an assistant editor of the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law, and serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. He is a member of the South African Academy of Science and Art, and a senior research fellow at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin, Germany during 2016/2017.

Dr Bernard NTAHIRAJA

Bernard NTAHIRAJA is a research fellow at the Department of Public and International Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. He has previously taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Burundi.  His research interests include Criminal Justice (both domestic and international) and Human Rights Law. He holds a PhD in Law (Katolieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium).

Members

Eugène Bakama Bope

Eugène Bakama Bope is a PhD Candidate at the University of Aix-Marseille (France). Currently, he is a specialist in the Human Rights Programme at  L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie in Paris (France). He holds a Law degree from the Protestant University of Congo (DRC) and has received a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University Saint Louis in Belgium. In the past, he worked for the DRC Ministry of Justice and was Chairman of the Club des amis du droit du Congo in Kinshasa. Furthermore, he was also a consultant for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a CMN Adviser who was engaged in various capacity development activities in Africa.

Dr Jeanne-Mari Retief

Jeanne-Mari is an admitted attorney and specialises in the development of international human rights and constitutional law. She has successfully completed legal projects for various key stakeholders in the global legal arena and is known for her creative and passionate approach to the evolution of a modern legal profession. She has assisted law firms with team restructuring and is called upon to evaluate the strengths members could bring to the team, prior to appointment. She founded CALIBRICS in 2012 and has since published in various accredited journals and have presented papers related to international human rights and humanitarian law both at home and abroad.  She serves as foreign liaison to the organised legal profession and is a proud member of the KAS expert group on international criminal justice. She holds a PhD in International Humanitarian and Criminal Law.

Balingene Kahombo

Balingene Kahombo is a Research Fellow at Berlin/Potsdam Research Group, ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ (Germany).  He has successfully completed his doctoral thesisin public international law at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Graduate of high studies in public law, public international law and international relations at the University of Kinshasa, he is a member of the Congolese Association for Public Policy (CAPP) and the ‘Centre de recherches et d’études sur l’état de droit en Afrique’ (CREEDA). He is also a lower court judge (on leave) and has previously worked for the public prosecution of Kinshasa/Matete as well as an assistant lecturer at the University of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Between 2009 and 2013, he was one of the young researchers of the Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), and a collaborating researcher at the Institute for Democracy, Governance, Peace and Development in Africa (IDGPA)-Kinshasa (DRC). His field of research covers the African Union, Pan-Africanism and African regional integration, issues of peace and security law, international criminal law, rule of law and constitutional justice in the African Great Lakes Region.  

Selemani Kinyunyu is a lawyer and advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Tumaini University and a Master of Laws Degree in Transnational Criminal Justice from the South African-German Centre for Criminal Justice Research of the University of the Western Cape. Selemani currently serves as the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Focal Point at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights where he is responsible for driving the Court’s engagement in policy processes in the areas of Human Rights, Transitional Justice, Good Governance and Rule of Law in Africa.

He has worked for the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and has consulted widely on rule of law, human rights and governance assignments for the African Union (AU), East African Community (EAC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and German Organisation for International Cooperation (GiZ) among others. He serves in an advisory capacity at the Pan-African Centre for Policy Studies and The Maendeleo Group

His research interests include international justice and human rights, anti-corruption and economic crime, regional integration and the role of African organizations in an increasingly multipolar world.

Gift Kweka

Ms. Gift Joseph Kweka is a Tanzanian working as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law in the Open University of Tanzania. She was the Director of the International Criminal Law Centre (ICLC) and the coordinator of LL.M International Criminal Justice of the Open University of Tanzania. She holds an LL.B from University of Dar es salaam and LL.M in international law from the University of Cape Town. Ms. Kweka is currently finishing her PhD programme at the University of Dar es salaam to graduate in November 2017. She joined the Open University of Tanzania in January, 2012 as an Assistant Lecturer. Prior to this, she worked as an assistant Lecture at the Institute of Judicial Administration (IJA) Lushoto. She was also the Executive Secretary of the Legal Aid Unit (IJA-LAET). She also worked with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Ms. Rashida Manjoo in 2009/2010.

Ms. Kweka has attended special trainings in the area of International law including the United Nations International Law Fellowship, The Hague Netherlands, 2011; United Nations Regional Course on International Law, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, February 2015; United Nations International Law Seminar, Geneva Switzerland, July 2015 and African Union Commission on International Law Fourth Forum, 19-20 October 2015 Cairo Egypt. Ms. Kweka has done consultancies in the field of international law with particular focus on international criminal justice, refugees rights, women rights and international Labour standards. She has made a number of publications on international criminal justice, refugee law and human rights.

Aimé-Parfait Niyonkuru (PhD in Law, KU Leuven, 2016) is a lecturer at the University of Burundi. He is an accredited lawyer with the Burundian Bar Association (BBA) and a Phillip Schwartz Fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut

Evelyne Asaala

Evelyne Owiye Asaala is a lecturer of law at the University of Nairobi. She holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), a Master of Laws degree from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). Evelyne has previously consulted with the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya (TJRC); the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights and the Kenyan Task Force on Bail and Bond Policy and Guidelines. She is also a member of the African Expert Group on International Criminal Law. Her areas of specialisation and expertise are International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice and International Human Rights Law. Her publications can be accessed at https://uonbi.academia.edu/EvelyneAsaala/Activity.

Juliet Okoth

Juliet R Amenge Okoth is lawyer and lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Law. She teaches International Criminal Law, International Law and Transnational Crimes Law, which are also her areas of research interest. She holds an LLD from the University of the Western Cape and has published a book on the Crime of Conspiracy in International Criminal law. She is passionate about issues affecting African States in particular and has contributed to The Conversation-Africa, an internet forum allowing African scholars to debate on issues affecting the continent.

Benson Olugbuo

Benson Chinedu Olugbuo holds a Ph.D in Public Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with more that fifteen years post-call experience in international criminal justice and currently the Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria. He was a Fox International Fellow and Visiting Assistant in Research at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, United States of America (2011-2012); the Anglophone Africa Coordinator for the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (2004-2009) and a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Public Law Department of the University of Cape Town. He has published widely on justice sector reform, international criminal justice and human rights in Africa. Some of his publications include: ‘Operationalising the Complementarity Principle: A Case for Differentiated Standard in Kenya’s Post-Election Violence in The International Criminal Court and Africa by Charles Chernor Jalloh and Ilias Bentekas (eds) Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017 and ‘The African Union, the United Nations Security Council and the Politicization of International Justice in Africa’ (2014) in African Journal of Legal Studies, 2014, vol.7, no.3, pp. 351 – 379.

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze is the head of special projects in the Office of the Executive Director at the Institute for Security Studies. She advises on and implements institutional strategy, identifies new areas of work for the Institute and manages various projects on a range of human security, peace and justice issues. Ottilia’s areas of interest are international criminal justice, international human rights law, and migration trends and policy.​

Before joining the ISS in 2009, Ottilia was a junior legal advisor and human rights education officer. Her background is in international law, fundamental rights litigation and international studies.​

She has a Master of Laws degree in fundamental rights litigation and international human rights law from the University of South Africa; a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Studies and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Gatambia Ndungu

Gatambia Ndungu is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He has worked as a Legal Officer in Kenya’s Correctional Department (the Kenya Prisons Service) and also in private practice where he was involved mostly in criminal litigation. He is currently s a Legal and Human Rights Officer with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and based in the North Rift Regional Office. Gatambia holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law and Master of Laws in International Criminal Justice. He is a 2014 recipient of the Gold Standard from the President of Kenya for his community service in legal aid provision in correctional facilities in Nairobi.

Jerusha Asin

Jerusha Asin is an Assistant Law Lecturer at Strathmore University  Law School and co-lectures Public International Law, the Law of Evidence, Criminal Procedure and International Criminal Law. She trained as a lawyer and was called as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in November 2012.  From 2009 -2013, she intermittently served in various capacities at the Registry of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal and subsequently clerked for Justice Nkemdilim Izuako at the Tribunal.

In November 2014, she was awarded a Masters (with Distinction) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Exeter. She thereafter worked with one of the defence teams at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon at the Hague.

Jerusha serves on the editorial board of the Strathmore Law Journal and has been invited to serve in the editorial committee of the Hague Justice Journal which is currently being revamped. She is also a member of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) African Expert Study Group on International Criminal Justice. She was appointed a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute of International Peace and Security Law at the University of Cologne in August 2016. Her current research focuses on exploring the intersection between law and policy with regard to state interaction, engagement and cooperation with international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court and mapping how these patterns can or should impact on various actors. 

Nabil M. Orina

Nabil M. Orina is a PhD researcher at the City University of Hong Kong researching on the impact of the ICC on the domestication of international criminal law in Africa. He previously served as a lecturer at Moi University School of Law where he taught international criminal law, public international law and international humanitarian law. Nabil has also worked as assistant defence counsel at the International Criminal Court (Prosecutor vs. Muthaura et al) and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Military 1 - Anatole Nzengiyumva appeal). He graduated with a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree in International Crime and Justice from the University of Turin, Italy and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from Moi University, Kenya.

Dr. Eki Omorogbe

Lecturer, University of Leicester. Before joining Leicester in August 2007, Eki taught Law at the University of Kent. She has also worked in the City of London in commercial insurance and practised Law in Nigeria. Eki is the founder and co-chair of the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN).

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Steven W. S. Kayuni

Steven W.S. Kayuni has worked within the area of international law, international human rights law and international criminal justice for over 13 years. He is currently Chief State Advocate in the Ministry. He is also a Senior Consultant at Ethan & Bill Consultants. He was called to the Malawi Bar in August 2006 and practices law in Supreme Court of Appeal, High Court and subordinate courts thereto. He has worked on legal advisory, training, litigation, drafting, programs and implementation, state party reporting, policy formulation and analysis. He has further interned with the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D), an LLM (International Criminal Law), a Postgraduate Certificate (Social Research Methods) from University of Sussex and a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree from the University of Malawi. He further holds the Commonwealth Scholarship Award, International Fellowship (National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute – NAGTRI, Washington DC) and Associate Tutorship (UK Higher Education Academy). He is a member of the Malawi Law Society (MLS), International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), International Law Association (ILA) and the International Bar Association (IBA). He has published articles in peer reviewed international journals and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences in his area of expertise.

Noël Kabeya IIlunga

Noël Kabeya IIlunga is a PhD Candidate at the University of Strasbourg (France). He holds a Law degree from the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a Diploma in International Humanitarian Law from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) and has received a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University Grenoble Alpes (France). Currently, he is a lecturer at the University of Kinshasa also serving as a Human Rights and Democracy Programme Officer for DIAKONIA, a Swedish International NGO in DRC. In the past, He has led several projects in the area of Judicial capacity building, Human Rights and Police Sector reform for international NGOs and UN Agency (RCN Justice & Démocratie, Tetra Tech DPK Consulting, Deutsche Gessellschaft fûr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, International Organisation for Migration, (IOM) in the DRC.

His research interests include international justice and human rights, acces to justice, Justice Sector Reform and Police Capacity Building

Dr Beitel van Der Merwe

Beitel van der Merwe studied law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research is focused primarily on international criminal justice and criminal law and he has published a number of journal articles. Beitel was the Coordinator of the group and the content manager of the group's blog between 2014 - 2019. He is currently practicing law in South Africa.

Other Members

Pacifique Muhindo

Humphrey Sipalla

Emilia Siwingwa

Dr Bernard Ntahiraj

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