Chiseche Salome MIBENGE


Stanford University                                                                                Jan 2016 – present

Director of Community Engaged Learning and Human Rights with the Haas Center for Public Service and Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

  • Supporting faculty across the disciplines with curriculum development that enhances experiential learning and rights based approaches to research and learning
  • Relationship building between faculty and civil society organizations, including faith based institutions, and with national as well as transnational and international partnerships
  • Overseeing and fostering students’ human rights learning and research, reporting, investigation and publication, also acts as Pre-Major Advisor to students
  • Preparing teaching tools and designing online workshops for participatory and human rights based approaches to research and learning

City University of New York, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track         Sep 2010 – Dec 2015

 CUNY The Graduate Center

Master of Arts Program in Liberal Studies Program

  • Teaching graduate course Critical Approaches to International Studies: Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MALS 71500) and supervision of graduate independent research.

CUNY Lehman College

Department of Political Science

  • Teaching undergraduate level (four-year senior college) International Law (POL 344), Human Rights (POL 339) and Politics and Culture: gender, race and sexuality (POL 266) and supervision of students on independent international law thesis (POL 481)
  • Human rights and global justice study abroad program, in Chile: Led students in field visit to indigenous territories for study of strategies for human rights, particularly right to self-determination.

Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University,         Jul 2001 – May 2009

  • Junior researcher focusing on narratives of gender and violence constructed by truth commissions and ad hoc criminal tribunals operating in sub Saharan Africa and beyond.
  • Conducted guest lectures on gender, human rights and justice within the Utrecht University Master of Laws Program for International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Visiting scholar activities, judicial clerkships and field visits:

  • The American University, Washington College of Law, Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, visiting scholar, Sep 2008-May 2009
  • University of Bradford Department of Peace Studies, Africa Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies UK, visiting scholar, Mar 2005–Jun 2005
  • Centre for Conflict Management, National University Rwanda, Mar –May 2004
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Clerkship, Mar 2004
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Clerkship, Jan –Mar 2003
  • Field research, Sierra Leone, to interview war survivors, police, prosecutors and other stakeholders in the post-war justice project, Jan –Mar 2007
  • Field research, Rwanda, to interview stakeholders in the post-genocide justice project, Mar–May 2004


Utrecht University, PhD International Human Rights Law

  • PhD dissertation titled ‘Show me a Woman! Narratives of Gender and Violence in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice Processes’ defended on 31 Mar 2010

Utrecht University, Master of Laws (LLM) International Protection of Human Rights, 2001

Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education, Practicing Certificate – Admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Zambia, 1998

University of Zambia, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 1996


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands                                           Jun 2010 – Sep 2010

  • Appointed as consultant to the Gender Division and responsible for comparative assessment of four major projects in Asia and Africa for the eradication of violence against women.

United Nations in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)                 Feb 2010 – Apr 2010

MONUC and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Joint Office

  • Appointed as coordinator of assessment panel investigating reparations for victims of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (Eastern Province: Goma; Equator; Orientale and South Kivu)
  • Holding consultations with OHCHR partners in Kinshasa and eastern Congo, including from Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Gender, civil society organizations, and UN entities (MONUC, DPKO, UNICEF, UNDP, etc.)

United Nations and Government of Sierra Leone                         Aug 2009 – Sep 2009

UNIFEM human rights and gender adviser to the Government of Sierra Leone’s Independent Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Sexual Violence against the Sierra Leone Police

  • Liaised between the Commission, UNIFEM, Sierra Leone’s Human Rights Commission, civil society organizations and other stakeholders
  • Provided expert opinion to Commissioners on the conduct of gender responsive enquiries for allegations of sexual violence and other forms of politically-motivated violence
  • Drafted the Commissioner’s final report submitted to the President of the Republic and UN agencies

Norwegian People’s Aid and Rwandan Civil Society                                            Oct 2009

  • Developed curriculum and facilitated a 3-week course on human rights and results-based management approaches to development for Rwandan civil society organizations



Representative Selection of Articles, Essays and Book Chapters

The Protected Party, COLUMBIA JOURNAL, Spring 2017.

The Evolving Response of Human Rights to Gender Inequality and Discrimination, in eds. Anja Mihr and Mark Gibney, SAGE HANDBOOK OF HUMAN RIGHTS, Sage Publishers, 2014.

$55 from Q St. to Washington Dulles on Memorial Day, in eds. Anthonia C. Kalu, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, REFLECTIONS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF NEW WORK BY AFRICAN WOMEN POETS, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013.

Investigating Outcomes of a Limited Gender Analysis of Enslavement in Postconflict Justice Processes, JOURNAL OF PEACEBUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT 5:3, 2011.

Gender, Ethnicity and Exclusion: The Right to a Remedy for Victims of Wartime Rape, in Dubravka Zarkov (ed.), GENDER, CONFLICT AND DEVELOPMENT, New Delhi, Zubaan Publishers, 2008.

The Right to Appeal in the Case of Samuel Hinga Norman et al., in Goran Sluiter and Andre Klip (eds.), ANNOTATED LEADING CASES PF INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNALS VOLUME IX: THE SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE 2003-2004, Antwerp, Intersentia 2007.

Representative Guest Lectures

Gender and Security Challenges in Rwanda, Rwanda Defense Force Command and Staff College, National Security Symposium Contemporary Security Challenges: The African Perspective. April 2016.

 Experiential Narrative and its Relevance to the Study of Gender and War Crimes, International Research Group on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict at Hamburg Institute of Social Research, Germany. 4 July 2015.

The Scholar-Consultant and the GBV Field Mission in Conflict Africa, International Studies Association Annual Conference (Toronto, Canada). 28 March 2014.

The Erasure of Gender from the Narrative of International Tribunals, American University Washington College of Law’s War Crimes Research Office with the American Red Cross and the Women in International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. 11 November 2013.

 Forced Marriage and Sexual Enslavement as Crimes against Humanity, Rochester Institute of Technology CONABLE Conference in International Studies. 5 April 2013.


  • Co-editor with Dr. Irene Hadiprayitno (Leiden University) of the newly launched series ‘Human Rights Interventions’ part of Palgrave Macmillan’s International Relations and Security Studies list. January 2017 – present.
  • Member of Editorial Board for the Journal of International Politics and Development (JIPAD). September 2016.
  • Reviewer for various publishers and research foundations, including Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review, Pennsylvania University Press, International Journal for Transitional Justice, and International Feminist Journal of Politics.
  • Co-facilitator of support group within the Stanford Hoarding Disorders Research Program, a part of the Rodriguez Translational Therapeutics Lab. The Lab utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). November 2016 – present.
  • Completed three-week Community Crisis Management Training (CERT) facilitated by Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
  • Completed ten-week Menlo Park Police Department Community Police Academy Fall 2016.
  • Rape trauma counselor and rape crisis advocate with Bronx Sexual Assault Response Team, which specializes in treating sexual assault victims. Spring 2012 – December 2015. Mediated between survivors and forensic examiners, Emergency Department staff, police and Special Victims Division and families.
  • Human rights study tour to Israel ‘Scholars as Bridge Builders’ with Jewish Community Relations Council. Dialogue on Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and how to teach about middle east between NY based professors and Israeli and Palestinian counterparts with universities, including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Hebrew, Birzeit, and Al Quds. Summer 2015.
  • Member American Political Science Association (APSA), Participated in 2010 APSA Africa Workshop on Global Perspectives on Politics and Gender: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gender Center at University of Dar es Salaam. July 18–August 6, 2010.