Fletcher School Appoints Former NHRC Boss, Odinkalu, as Professor


Former National Human Right Commission chairman, Dr Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, has been appointed by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Tufts University, Massachusetts,
to a Professor of Practice faculty position.

The appointment is for a three-year term beginning in the Fall of 2021.

The school announced the appointment through a statement by Katie Coleman.

According to Coleman, Odinkalu, an international human rights law expert, would join Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary faculty focused on preparing tomorrow’s leaders to use the latest legal, political, economic, and business thinking to generate policies and inform decisions that shape global events.

In her remark, Academic Dean at The Fletcher School, Kelly Sims Gallagher, described the Nigerian as ”a renowned human rights activist with a distinguished record of public service who has spent more than three decades working at the front line of human rights law and research, development advocacy, international institutional law and governmental policy.”

She added that the activist’s ”profound contributions to the advancement of human rights intersect with Fletcher’s mission and core values.”

“We are delighted to welcome him to the Fletcher community,” Gallagher said.

Odinkalu’s background reflects an extensive record of research, publishing and teaching in the areas of human rights, development law and public policy throughout Africa, Europe and the US.

Most recently, he was part of a three-member team that mediated the readmission of The Gambia into the Commonwealth, where he litigated human rights before national and regional courts as well as in transnational contexts.

From 2011 to 2015, he chaired Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, the country’s lead institution for the protection of human rights and promotion of human rights policy.

The former NHRC boss bagged his PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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