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Matiangai Sirleaf

Sharswood Fellow in International Law

Matiangai Sirleaf




Matiangai Sirleaf is a Sharswood Fellow in International Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her scholarly work asks how institutions can more systematically address the challenges of providing redress for survivors of mass violence in resource-constrained contexts. Continue reading…


Matiangai Sirleaf is a Sharswood Fellow in International Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her scholarly work asks how institutions can more systematically address the challenges of providing redress for survivors of mass violence in resource-constrained contexts. Using field research from post-conflict countries as well as from countries that have transitioned from authoritarian rule, Matiangai is interested in developing a theoretical framework for addressing the normative questions posed by pursuing justice in times of transition, as well as contributing to the institutional design literature so that we can provide more effective mechanisms that better match the justice expectations of victims of mass violence. Her work draws on insights from the fields of comparative law, international law and human rights, as well as criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and remedies. She is a graduate of Yale Law School.  Prior to law school, she earned an M.A. in International Affairs, from the University of Ghana-Legon while on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Matiangai's practice experience includes serving as counsel in the International Human Rights Practice Group at Cohen Milstein, where she assisted with numerous cutting-edge international human rights cases, representing victims of human trafficking and forced labor, torture, enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killing, and arbitrary detention. Prior to this, she worked in South Africa for more than two years. She clerked on the Constitutional Court for South Africa for Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, taught a course on civic engagement with human rights for the International Human Rights Exchange Programme at the University of Witwaterstrand and worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice in Cape Town, South Africa on a Bernstein Fellowship (a fellowship for selected Yale Law School graduates to engage in full-time human rights advocacy). 















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Research Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Torts
  • Remedies
  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law

Positions

Counsel, Human Rights Practice Group, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll (Washington, D.C.)

Lecturer, International Human Rights Exchange Program, Bard College & University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Law Clerk to Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, Constitutional Court of South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Bernstein Fellow, International Center for Transitional Justice (Cape Town, South Africa)

Courses

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Transitional Justice

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