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Lyal S. Sunga

Lyal S. Sunga is currently Affiliated Professor, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden, Visiting Professor at the American University of Rome, in Italy, Visiting Professor at Strathmore University Law Faculty in Nairobi, Kenya, and Visiting Professor at the Addis Ababa University Centre for Human Rights, Ethiopia. Since 2014, he has also given lectures in Moscow, Kazan, Voronezh and Yekaterinburg, as part of an annual human rights summer school program run by the UN Country Team in cooperation with the Russian Federation and nine Russian universities.

Previously, he served as Head, Rule of Law program at The Hague Institute of Global Justice, The Netherlands (2015-2016), Special Advisor on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the International Development Law Organization in Rome (2014-2015), Visiting Professor at the Peking University Law School (2006), Director of Research and Senior Lecturer at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (2005-2009), Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Laws program in Human Rights at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law (2001-2005), Coordinator of the UN Human Rights Council’s Group of Experts (2007), and Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva Switzerland (1994-2001). He has also been Visiting Professor at Padjajaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, at the University of Geneva, (2002-2003), at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law (1998), and Lecturer at McGill Faculty of Law in Montreal (1992), and at Carleton University in Ottawa (1991-1995).

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Sunga has worked in some 55 countries on:

  • university teaching and development of academic curricula
  • international training and capacity building
  • training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers
  • monitoring, investigation and reporting of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law and crimes under international law
  • national human rights institutions, including in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Turkey and Uganda
  • expert panels, workshops and seminars

Sunga holds a BA (Carleton), LLB (Osgoode Hall), LLM (Essex), and PhD (Graduate Institute of International Studies). He has high-level experience with the UN Security Council, UNOHCHR, UNDEF, UNDP, UNU, UNHCR, UNITAR, UNODC, ILO, EU, IDLO, and Swiss Development Cooperation. He has been a frequent international media commentator on human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law issues in conflict zones. He has also published two monograph books on international criminal justice and dozens of book sections and articles in international law journals. More information on his work, including publications and media appearances, is available on his website.