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Roger-Claude Liwanga

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

International Law, Laws of Armed Conflict, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Child Protection


Dr. Roger-Claude Liwanga is a fellow on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Since fall 2017, Dr. Liwanga has been adjunct professor at Emory Law, where he teaches the Child Protection and International Human Rights course and the Advanced International Negotiation seminar. His scholarship interests include international law, laws of war, conflict resolution, human rights, human trafficking, and child protection.

Dr. Liwanga taught International Laws of War at Suffolk Law School in 2016. 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 Institute for Developing Nations at Emory University and the African Studies Center at Boston University.

Currently, Dr. Liwanga is also consulting with the Carter Center’s conflict resolution program on the implementation of the 2015 Peace Agreement in Mali, for which the Carter Center serves as an independent observer. He also previously consulted with the human rights and democracy programs at the Carter Center on the issues of human rights, human trafficking, and fair and democratic elections in Africa. Dr. Liwanga formerly worked as a continuing legal education expert for the American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), where he designed training modules and trained ABA staff and law professors in Africa on interactive techniques of teaching law.

His scholarly work has appeared in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, the Suffolk Transnational Law Review, and the 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. 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).

Dr. Liwanga has also been a contributor to CNN Freedom Project and Global Post discussing child mining labor problem in Africa. He has mostly recently published a book chapter, "Child Labor and Migration: The Exploitation of Migrant Children in the Artisanal Mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo" in Research Handbook on Child Migration (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018), and a book, Child Mining in an Era of High-Technology: Understanding the Roots, Conditions and Effects of Labor Exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Alpha Academic Press, 2017). 

Dr. 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).