Research/Areas of Interest:
International human rights lawInternational institutions and multi-lateralism; Regional integration law; Law and sustainable development; Law enforcement and corrections reform; Comparative constitutionalism
Chidi Anselm Odinkalu is Professor of Practice in International Human Rights Law at the Fletcher School. He previously chaired Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission and served on the panel of eminent persons that negotiated the return of The Gambia to the Commonwealth in 2017.
Odinkalu has acted as counsel in international human rights litigation before Africa’s regional human rights courts and tribunals and was involved in the creation of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He is associated with several advocacy initiatives for the protection of human rights, including the International Refugee Rights Initiative.
His research focuses on contemporary challenges of multilateralism in regional systems in development, human rights and governance. He is the co-author of Too Good to Die: Third Term and the Myth of the Indispensable Man in Africa (Kachifo, 2018).
Some professional interests
- Chair, Board of Directors, International Refugee Rights Initiative, IRRI
- Co-Chair, Sudan Consortium
- Chair, Advisory Board, Global Rights
- Member, Board of Directors, Atrocities Watch, Africa