Joshua Joseph Niyo

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Joshua Joseph Niyo
Program Officer
LLM (MAS) (Master of Laws-Master of Advanced Studies) in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Brief Bio

Mr. Niyo is a Ugandan lawyer with a specialty in Public International Law; particularly International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Human Rights and International Criminal Law. He, currently, is enrolled for the PhD in International Law programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. He holds an LLM (MAS) (Master of Laws-Master of Advanced Studies) in IHL and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland. The Academy is a joint centre of the University of Geneva (Faculty of Law) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is also an alumnus of Uganda Christian University (UCU) and its Honours College, having graduated top of his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) class.

He has also had further specific training in International Criminal Law, focusing on non-state actors, through a specialization course at The International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, Italy; and in Human Rights Law in Africa, through a graduate programme by the Arcadia University of Global Studies (USA) and the East African Community – Nyerere Centre for Peace Research, Arusha, Tanzania.

Mr. Niyo has experience working in local and international human rights organisations, namely: Human Rights Watch (HRW), Geneva; The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva; and International Justice Mission (IJM), Kampala Office. He also has experience working in the United Nations system, particularly at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prior to his human rights specific work, Mr. Niyo worked in two private law firms in Kampala; Sekabanja and Company Advocates and N. Maranga and Company Advocates. He also briefly worked in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the Headquarters in Kampala, and in the Chambers of the Principal Judge of the High Court of Uganda, in Kampala as well.

In addition to his work at Chapter Four Uganda, Mr. Niyo is a Lecturer of Public International Law and Clinical Legal Education at the Faculty of Law of Uganda Christian University. He has interest in, and has written on, the interaction between human rights and IHL; particularly on the obligations of non-state armed groups. He also has a blog on International Law and Human Rights.

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