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Lilian Chenwi is a Professor at University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, South Africa, where she teaches and supervises at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, primarily in the fields of international law, international human rights law, and international criminal law. She has also taught social justice and human rights.

Prior to joining Wits, She served as the head of the Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights (then Community Law Centre) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Her research interests include human rights law (international, regional and domestic), public international law, socio-economic rights, international criminal law/justice, housing rights, and the death penalty from a human rights perspective. She has an extensive record of research outputs, ranging from articles in highly recognised international and South African journals, chapters in books and books (sole-authored and co-edited), and with considerable citations of her work. She has also received awards/recognition for her expertise and research. She has an NRF B2 rating (valid from 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2025).


  • –present
    Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2005 
    University of Pretoria, Doctor of Laws