Rule of Law for Development Program


Adebayo Alowolodu

LL.M. in Rule of Law for Development 2018
Programme Officer, Human and Peoples┬┐ Rights Programmes
Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)
Tanzania
Data as of May 2020

 

I first became aware of PROLAW from an alum of the program. Being passionate about values and ethics and having legal training, I was a natural fit for this exciting program and applied. Prior to applying for the program, I considered carefully the PROLAW mission and vision statements, which are also in line with my own values and goals. As an African with a passion for respect for human rights and holding those responsible for violations accountable, I chose PROLAW to enhance my skills in the hopes to make a difference in the fight against impunity, promotion of rule of law and good governance. I remain grateful to PROLAW for giving me this great opportunity to be taught by highly inspiring, brilliant and experienced practitioners and professors in the rule of law field.

PROLAW has positively contributed to my career. Immediately after the program, I was given the opportunity to have work with regional and international institutions in West Africa and East Africa, such as NGOs, courts and international organizations. In 2018, I worked as an Associate Legal and Political Intern at the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC), which was also my capstone partner organization. Since 2019, I have been working with the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU). First, as an Associate Legal Officer and currently as a Programme Officer for Human and Peoples Rights Programmes, where I manage human rights cases before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (AfCHPR) and the East Africa Court of Justice (EACJ) through drafting and filing of applications, and reparation submissions before the Court. Through the skills gained at PROLAW, I am able to conduct legal research on human rights violations cases and special procedures for bringing such cases before the UN Human Rights Commission. I am part of the advocate team leading the famous human rights violation case, at EACJ, against the Government of South Sudan regarding the arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention and torture of prominent South Sudanese businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Kerbino WolAgok; and on abduction, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of Mr. Dong Samuel and Mr. Aggrey Ezbon Idri, South Sudanese nationals and renowned human rights lawyer and activist.

My capstone, undertaken in collaboration with the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) focused on the ""First working draft of a protocol to the 2003 African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) on private civil actions against corruption with comments and background footnotes"". Although I was not able to directly implement my capstone with the AUABC, the project has been submitted for publishing with the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ROLACC) Journal and is in the final stages of publishing.

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