Education: PhD, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; LLM, University of Ottawa; LLL (Hons), University of Burundi Faculty of Law

Background: Pacifique Manirakiza is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) at University of Ottawa, where he teaches international criminal law, African international law and Canadian criminal law. In 2011, the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government elected Manirakiza to serve as a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights for a four-year term. In that capacity, he was the Chairperson of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights. Manirakiza used that position to spend a great deal of his time advocating for the rights and the empowerment of local communities affected by the extractive industry in Africa. In 2014, Manirakiza was appointed a member of the first African Union-led Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan. In the same year, he led a team of lawyers before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, arguing a case on behalf of the Ogiek community of Kenya. The Ogiek judgment is now considered a seminal case for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in Africa. In Burundi, he served as an Assistant Professor at University of Burundi as well as a Deputy Prosecutor in Ngozi and Rutana Provinces. Manirakiza is regularly busy sharing his knowledge and expertise in Africa and worldwide through regular trainings on international criminal justice, transitional justice, human rights and international humanitarian law.

Expertise: South Sudan; Burundi; Kenya; human rights; transitional justice