Chi Adanna Mgbako, JD ’05

Chi Adanna Mgbako, JD ’05

Clinical Professor of Law and founding Director, Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, Fordham Law School

Chi Adanna Mgbako is clinical professor of law and founding director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School. 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, and allAfrica.com. Her first book, “To Live Freely in This World: Sex Worker Activism in Africa,” was published by NYU Press in fall 2015.

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.