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Founder and Executive Director- Prof. Charles C. Jalloh 

Charles C. Jalloh is a Distinguished University Professor of International Law at Florida International University, in Miami, USA and Founder of the Center for International Law and Policy in Africa (CILPA). He is a member of the International Law Commission (ILC). In May 2022, the ILC appointed him a special rapporteur for the topic subsidiary means for the determination of rules of international law. Formerly a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public International Law at Lund University, he has published widely in the field of international law. Recent works include The International Criminal Court and Africa (Oxford, 2017, with Ilias Bantekas) and the monograph The Legal Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Cambridge, 2020). He serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, including the African Journal of Legal Studies and the American Journal of International Law. Before academia, Jalloh practiced law at the national and international levels as Counsel in the Canadian Department of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, a Legal Adviser in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and an Associate Legal Officer in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. His education includes a B.A. from the University of Guelph, LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees from McGill University, a Master’s in International Human Rights Law, with distinction, from Oxford University, where he was a Chevening Scholar and a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Amsterdam.

Director of Corporate Affairs and Legal Training – Fatmata Bintu Seisay

As the Director of Corporate Affairs and Legal Training, Fatmata Bintu Seisay acts as CILPA’s Corporate Secretary and is also responsible for managing and implementing CILPA’s legal training. Before joining CILPA, she was a member of Tejan-Cole, Yillah & Partners, a general practice Law firm in Sierra Leone, where she worked in different capacities rising to Associate Partner and Manager. She has also served as a Corporate Secretary for various companies including Staco Insurance Company (SL) Limited, where she recently worked as the head of the Legal and Corporate Secretarial Department; and as a trainer to the Board of Directors of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration, where she lectured on Shipping Law. While in active legal practice, in a range of areas of private, corporate, and commercial law, she represented clients in all the divisions of the High Court, and the Court of Appeal of Sierra Leone; and also, in mediations and negotiations. She holds an LL.B. (Hons.) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; an Utter Barrister Certificate from the Sierra Leone Law School; an LL.M. in International Shipping Law from Queen Mary University of London; and a certificate from the Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in London on Corporate Secretarial Practice.

Project Director – Clea Strydom

As CILPA’s Project Director, Clea Strydom is responsible for conceptualising and implementing the think-tanks project, especially those related to grants. She also oversees CILPA’s team of interns. Clea is originally from South Africa. After obtaining a B.A. Law Degree (2014) and an LL.B. (2016) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and practicing as a candidate attorney in Cape Town for a year, Clea completed an LL.M. (Cum Laude) in International Public Law by dissertation focusing on International Humanitarian Law and weapons systems, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Besides her role as CILPA’s Project Coordinator, she facilitates several projects including the Network for Young Scholars and Practitioners within the South African Branch of the International Law Association, which she established, as well as being the Honorary Secretary of the branch. Her publications touch on IHL, as well as digital rights/issues and international law.

Former Staff

Legal Researcher- Ms. Ashira Vantrees

Ashira Vantrees was a legal researcher at CILPA from 2021-2022. She has experience researching a wide variety of issues including labor law, human rights, criminal justice reform, international criminal law, women’s rights, and disability rights. Ashira also served as an International Law Commission Fellow during the International Law Commission’s 71st Session (2019). Ashira holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Christian University, and a Masters of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Juris Doctor candidate at Florida International University College of Law.

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