ACRI Researchers and Staff


Charles C. Jalloh:

Jalloh_CharlesCharles Chernor Jalloh is a professor at FIU College of Law and Founding Director of the African Court Research Initiative. Before joining FIU, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was selected as the Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar for 2013-2014. He has practiced law in the Canadian Department of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), where he was duty counsel in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and, as a visiting professional, in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Professor Jalloh has published on international criminal law, including articles in leading scholarly journals and edited books with prestigious academic publishers, on diverse topics ranging from universal jurisdiction to Africa and the ICC, crimes against humanity and the SCSL. He is, among other things, a member of the War Crimes Committee Advisory Board, International Bar Association, the Advisory Panel to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and most recently, was successfully nominated by the United States Branch to the International Law Association’s first ever Committee on Complementarity in International Criminal Law as well as the founding editor-in-chief of the refereed African Journal of Legal Studies and the African Journal of International Criminal Justice. He holds degrees from Guelph, McGill and Oxford, where he was a Chevening Scholar.

Kamari M. Clarke:

Kamari_ClarkeKamari Clarke is a professor of Global and International Studies and Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. From 1999 to 2012 she was a Professor of International and Area Studies at Yale University and Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Law School. From 2012 – 2015, she was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has conducted research in various legal domains in international criminal tribunals, and international law training sessions in Ireland, London, Geneva, Banjul, The United Nations and beyond, and has served as a consultative advisor for to the African Union. Her research explores issues related to social and political theory, legal pluralism, international law, and the interface between legal institutions and the related production of knowledge and power.  Professor Clarke is also the author of over forty books and articles.  These have ranged from her 2004 publication ofMapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities (Duke University Press, 2004) and her 2009 publication of Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Her edited volumes include Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era (with Mark Goodale) (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Transforming Ethnographic Knowledge (with Rebecca Hardin) (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

Vincent O. Nmehielle:

Professor Vincent O. Nmehielle has over 25 years of professional and academic experience. He is currently the general Legal Counsel and Director for Legal Affairs of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a collaborator on the African Court Research Initiative (“ACRI”). He is also Professor of Law and Head of the Wits Program on Law, Justice and Development in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he has taught since February 2002 and where he held the Bram Fischer Chair in Human Rights Law from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Nmehielle was a Professorial Lecturer in law at the Oxford University and George Washington University Human Rights Program in 2003 and 2004. From 2005 to 2008, Professor Nmehielle went on a leave of absence from Wits to serve as the Principal Defender of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He returned back to Wits in June 2008. He is again on leave of absence from Wits to the African Union Commission. Professor Nmehielle holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree with Honors from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1989; a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree with distinction in international law from the University of Notre Dame, USA, 1996; and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in international and comparative law from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C, USA, 2000.

Professor Nmehielle specializes in international and comparative law, and his professional, academic, and research interests lie within the areas of law, governance, justice and development in Africa.


Ermias-KassayeErmias Kassaye:
Associate Legal Researcher

Ermias Kassaye is an Associate Legal Researcher for the African Court Research Initiative. He holds an LL.B. from Addis Ababa University School of Law and an MA on Global Studies with Special Emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa, from a joint program by Institute of Peace and Security Studies (Addis Ababa University) and Global European Studies Institute (Leipzig University). He has worked in the African Union Commission as a project coordinator on protection of civilians, before joining the African Court Research Initiative. In his current position, he provides research support to the co-collaborators of the project.

Sixsy-AlfonsoSixsy Alfonso:
Administrative Coordinator

 Sixsy Alfonso is a Project Coordinator for the African Court Research Initiative (ACRI). She is currently a second year law student at Florida International University College of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from Florida International University. During her undergraduate years, she focused on Russian and Central Asian studies.



ACRI (2015 – 16) INTERNS:

Andrea Sobko
Afreen Delvi
Kayla Bose
Sean Havel
Monica Lung
Michelle Musindo
Leonardo Rivalenti
Patricia Wallinger
Irene Wang
Shermineh Salehiesmati