CSVR | CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF VIOLENCE AND RECONCILIATION

Education: Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Sierra Leone; Master of Laws, University College London; Post-graduate Diploma in International Trade Law, University Institute of European Studies

Background: Abdul Tejan-Cole is Executive Director of the African Studies Association. A noted human rights lawyer and activist, he was the Commissioner of Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission between 2007 and 2010. He served as Deputy Director at the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Cape Town Office, and worked as an Adviser and Component Manager for Law Justice and Human Rights – Justice Sector Development Programme. Tejan-Cole also worked as a trial attorney and Appellate Counsel in the Special Court for Sierra Leone and taught law at the University of Sierra Leone. He served as Secretary-General, Vice President and President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association and as Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa

Expertise: Sierra Leone; Liberia; international criminal justice; human rights; good governance; anti-corruption; environmental law; social justice; post-conflict reconstruction; transitional justice; rule of law