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Chi Mgbako
Clinical Professor of Law
Founding Director, Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic

Phone: +1 212 636 7716
Email: mgbako@law.fordham.edu | Twitter: @chiadanna


COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001


Chi Adanna Mgbako is clinical professor of law and director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School. She and her students work on human rights campaigns, policy reports, mobile legal aid clinics, and public interest lawsuits in partnership with grassroots organizations focusing on access to justice and the sexual health and rights of marginalized populations. She has conducted fieldwork and advocacy in many countries, among them Botswana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. Her publications have appeared in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Human Rights Quarterly and popular media including The New York Times (Global Edition), The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine blog, and allAfrica.com. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University, a former fellow with the International Crisis Group, and has been honored as one of the National Law Journal’s “Top 40 Lawyers of Color Under 40,” Fordham Law School’s “Public Interest Professor of the Year,” and the Police Reform Organizing Project's “Citizen of the City Award” recipient. She is writing a book on the sex workers’ rights movement in Africa.

  • Citizen of the City Award, Police Reform Organizing Project (2013)
  • Public Interest Professor of the Year, Fordham Law School (2012)
  • Top 40 Lawyers of Color Under 40 (National Law Journal) (2011)
  • Crowley Fellowship in International Human Rights, Fordham Law School (2006)
  • Gary Bellow Public Service Award, Harvard Law School (2005)
  • Dean's Award for Community Leadership, Harvard Law School (2005)
  • Kaufman Public Service Fellowship, Harvard Law School (2005)
  • Harvard Henigson Human Rights Fellowship, Harvard Law School (2005)
  • Reginald F. Lewis Human Rights Grant, Harvard Law School (2004)
  • Human Rights Program Grants, Harvard Law School (2003 - 2004)
  • King Crown's Leadership Award, Columbia University (2001)
  • John F. Kluge Scholar, Columbia University (1997 - 2001)


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