Dr. Lyal S. Sunga Appointed New Head of the Rule of Law Program

Dr. Sunga, who is Canadian, holds a BA (Carleton), LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School), LLM (Essex) and PhD (The Graduate Institute of International Studies). He is an internationally recognized academic and practitioner specialized in international human rights law, humanitarian law and international criminal law and he has worked in some 55 countries teaching, training and providing technical assistance for the UN, IDLO, European Commission, Governments, the judiciary and non-governmental organizations.

Lyal_S_Sunga_in_Addis_AbabaFrom 1994-2001, Dr. Sunga was Human Rights Officer at UNOHCHR in Geneva, first to work with the UN Security Council’s Commission of Experts on Rwanda to investigate facts and responsibilities for the genocide, and then to backstop the Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda. In 1998, he became Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Team in the Special Procedures Branch and served as OHCHR representative to the Rome Conference on the ICC.

Dr. Sunga dealt also with mandates on human rights defenders, counterterrorism, administration of criminal justice, the situation in Iran, international criminal law and humanitarian law, and in 2001, he served as Secretary for the World Conference on Racism’s Asian regional preparatory conference in Tehran.

In 2001, Dr. Sunga returned to academia as Associate Professor and Director, Human Rights LLM program at Hong Kong University. In 2005, he became Senior Lecturer and RWI’s first Director of Research. In 2007, he served as Coordinator for the UN Human Rights Council’s Group of Experts on Darfur.

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Sunga has worked with the UN Security Council, UNOHCHR, UNDP, UNDEF, UNU, UNHCR, UNITAR, UNODC, ILO, EU, IDLO, Swiss Development Cooperation, and National Human Rights Commissions in the Russian Federation, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Nepal and Turkey.

Dr. Sunga has authored two books on international criminal law (Martinus Nijhoff and Brill) and many book chapters and articles on rule of law themes such as humanitarian intervention, democratic governance, conflict prevention, transitional justice, human security, and techniques of fact-finding, monitoring, investigation and reporting.

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