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Chi Mgbako
Clinical Associate Professor
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 associate professor of law and founding director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City. 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 the sexual health and rights of marginalized populations and access to justice.  She has conducted human rights fieldwork and advocacy in many countries, among them Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the United States. Her publications have appeared in academic journals including the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Yale Journal of International Affairs and popular media including the Global Opinion pages of the New York Times online, the International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, 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' and as Fordham Law School's 'Public Interest Professor of the Year.'  She is currently working on a book project documenting the growth of 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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