AU Watch maintains a team of associate staff whom we draw on from time to time, either because of specific skills and expertise, or because of capacity needs. Our community of experts, visiting lecturers and sometimes even judges make AU Watch one of the world’s leading think tank. Associate staff bring with them a range of skills and experiences in law, human rights, development and democratic studies which are valuable in ensuring our desire to be both relevant as well as rigorous. AU Watch offers associates interesting areas of work in teaching, consultancy and research and whole-day development sessions throughout the year.
Adaobi Egboka is a human rights lawyer with more than eleven years’ experience working on access to justice, the rule of law, and good governance. She has over seven years’ experience in NGO management, project coordination, fundraising, stakeholder management and team/capacity building. She, currently, has overall responsibility of managing the Africa Programs of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice – a New York-based non-profit that advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.
Ms. Egboka started her professional career, providing research support to Hon. Justice Adefope-Okojie of the Lagos State Judiciary during her youth service. She was later appointed Legal Officer at the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), a leading Nigerian human rights NGO, where she rose to the position of the Executive Programmes Director. Her work at the LEDP was underpinned by innovative leadership and the practical application of international, regional, and human rights treaties and standards, achieved mainly, through capacity building, strategic litigation, and advocacy. Her work also involved implementation of laws on justice sector reform, sexual and gender-based Violence and initiating and coordinating pro bono partnerships, such as managing the duty solicitor scheme of LEDAP in collaboration with the Law Society of England and Wales in 2009.
Ms. Egboka has championed several good causes. She led the West African Focal Point of the Coalition for Effective African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights from 2012 -2017. She has also served as an Expert Member on the Electoral Violence Mitigation project at The Electoral Institute, Abuja, from February 2015 -2016. Ms. Egboka also served as the Technical Assistant on Police Reform for the Rule of Law Advisory Team in the office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Ms. Egboka received her LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Law in 2018 from the University of Washington School of Law, graduating with distinction and awarded the Roy Prosterman Leadership Award. She graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Lagos, and a Barrister-at-law degree from the Nigerian Law School. She was a Barer Fellow at the University of Washington and PILnet Fellow, serving as a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School.
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The Programs are the secretariat and administrative arm of AU Watch. Each Program ensures that policies are translated into practice. Our programs provide a platform for citizens to be a meaningful part of the AU project, empowering all of us not only to demand accountability from our leaders, but also to ask questions and demand social justice. Our programs provide a space for all Africans to contribute to the AU dream of a truly united, peaceful and prosperous Africa, including acting as a forum for the AU to reach the masses. We offer Africa’s women, youths and especially some of Africa’s most excluded communities a space to question the AU and hold those in power to account and be part of the discussions about the type of AU ‘we’ want (that is, if we want an AU at all!) and how the AU and AUMS can create effective institutions in Africa that allows meaningful participation by the populace.
We are a multi-disciplinary centre and research is at the heart of all our programs. Our research programs focus on: regional integration, sustainable development and Africa’s economy, regional security & politics, justice and human rights, rule of law and governance issues. We collaborate with several research affiliates and gratefully acknowledge support from the AU and in particular the University of The Gambia and the University of Makeni in Sierra Leone.
Our research and consultancy services are based on lessons learned from nearly 30 years of development, human rights, and security work. We understand that failure to base policy and programs on sound political, scientific, economic and social analysis can have disastrous consequences for whole communities. Growing inequalities, social deprivation, discrimination, hunger, and disease are all caused by poor decision making and neglecting to implement evidence-based policy. We are renowned for our innovative and in-depth approach to research.
Established in 2019, AUW ISAUis the leading African think tank and forum for debate on AU affairs. It ranks among the top two African think tanks, specifically dedicated to studying the AU. But we are different. Though we run various certificate, diploma and short courses in human rights and development studies on a wide range of AU policy areas for adults, our focus is on the African child and the African youth. The AU Watch Institute for the Study of the African Union (ISAU) is a trans-disciplinary Centre of excellence for regional and international academic research, teaching and critical scholarship on the African Union.Its activities are multi-disciplinary in nature.
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