IDN welcomes visiting scholar Roger-Claude Liwanga


Roger-Claude Liwanga is a Fellow on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and an adjunct professor at Emory Law School and Emory School of Public Health. In spring 2018, Liwanga will serve as a visiting scholar with the Emory Institute for Developing Nations, where he will focus his research on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and other violence. His scholarship interests include international law, laws of war, human rights, human trafficking, child protection, rule of law, and strengthening democracy.

Liwanga taught the courses Child Protection and Human Rights, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Human Rights, and International Laws of War at Emory University and Suffolk University–Boston. He also guest-lectured the Human Trafficking and Child Protection and Human Rights Dilemmas courses at Harvard University between 2012 and 2014, and was a visiting scholar with the African Studies Center at Boston University.

Prior to that, Liwanga worked as a continuing legal education expert for the American Bar Association (ABA)—Rule of Law Initiative, where he designed training modules and trained ABA staff and law professors in Africa on interactive techniques of teaching law. He also consulted with The Carter Center on the issues of human rights, human trafficking, and fair and democratic elections in Africa.
His scholarly work has appeared in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Suffolk Transnational Law Review, and Journal of African Law. His most recent articles include “Extraterritorial Responsibility of States for Human Rights Violations under International Jurisprudence: Case Study of DRC v. Uganda,” 39 Suffolk Transnat'l L. Rev. 239 (2016); “The Meaning of ‘Gross Violation’ of Human Rights: A Focus on International Tribunals’ Decisions over the DRC Conflicts,” 44 Denv. J. Intl'l L. & Pol'y 67 (2015); and “From Commitment to Compliance: The Enforceability of Remedial Orders of African Human Rights Bodies,” 41 Brook. J. Int'l L. 99 (2015).

A contributor to the CNN Freedom Project and Global Post on the child mining labor problem in Africa, Liwanga is the author of Child Mining in an Era of High-Technology: Understanding the Roots, Conditions and Effects of Labor Exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2017).  He is currently writing a book chapter, “The Exploitation of Migrant Children in the Artisanal Mines of the DRC,” which will be published in Migration and Childhood (forthcoming), and the article “Roof-Knocking Tactic: A Lawful and Effective Warning Technique under the Laws of War?” (North Carolina Journal of International Law, forthcoming).
Liwanga earned his SJD from Suffolk Law School in 2016 (with high honor). In 2008, he received his LLM from University of Cape Town, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon scholarship recipient. He obtained his Licence en Droit from Université Protestante au Congo in 2005 (first session honor).