Chi Adanna Mgbako
Clinical Associate Professor of Law; Director, Leitner International Human Rights Clinic
Office: Room 223 (33 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor)
Research & Teaching AreasHuman Rights; Women; Gender
BioChi Adanna Mgbako is clinical associate professor 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 the sexual health and rights of marginalized populations and access to justice. She has conducted human rights fieldwork and advocacy in many countries, among them Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the United States.
She began her Fordham career as Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights, completing a fact-finding project and co-producing a documentary short film on the feminization of HIV/AIDS. Prior to that, she served as Harvard Henigson Human Rights Fellow and Researcher in the West Africa office of the International Crisis Group. She is a member of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and serves on the board of directors of Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment.
She has been honored as one of the National Law Journal's "Top 40 Lawyers of Color Under 40" (2011), Fordham Law School's "Public Interest Professor of the Year" (2012), and the Police Reform Organizing Project's "Citizen of the City Award" recipient (2013).
Selected PublicationsHer publications appear in academic journals such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Human Rights Quarterly and online and print versions of media outlets including The New York Times (Global Edition), International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, and allAfrica.com. She is currently working on a book project documenting the growth of the sex worker rights movement in Africa. For a list of Professor Mgbako's publications please click here.
EducationChi Adanna 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, and the Kaufman Public Service Fellowship. 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