Chi Adanna Mgbako

Chi Adanna Mgbako

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Leitner International Human Rights Clinic

Telephone: 212.636.7716
Office: Room 7-125

Research & Teaching Areas

Human Rights; Sex Workers' Rights; Gender and Sexuality in Africa


Chi Adanna Mgbako is clinical professor of law and founding director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City. She and her students work on human rights campaigns, policy reports, mobile legal aid clinics, and public interest lawsuits in partnership with grassroots organizations focusing on access to justice and the sexual health and rights of marginalized populations. She has conducted fieldwork and advocacy in many countries, among them Botswana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, and the United States. Her publications have appeared in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Human Rights Quarterly and popular media including The New York Times (Global Edition), The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine blog, and She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University, a former fellow with the International Crisis Group, and has been honored as one of the National Law Journal’s “Top 40 Lawyers of Color Under 40,” Fordham Law School’s “Public Interest Professor of the Year,” and the Police Reform Organizing Project's “Citizen of the City Award” recipient. She is writing a book on the sex workers’ rights movement in Africa.

Selected Publications

For a list of Professor Mgbako's publications, including law review articles, human rights reports, op-Eds, and book chapters and reviews please click here.


Professor Mgbako received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Gary Bellow Public Service Award, the Dean's Award for Community Leadership, the Kaufman Public Service Fellowship, and a post-graduate Henigson Human Rights Fellowship to work as a researcher in the West Africa office of the International Crisis Group. She earned her B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Columbia University, where she was a John F. Kluge Scholar.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2005
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001