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Professor Ben Chigara

Professor Ben Chigara
Professor Of Law

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Benedict has held lectureships at The University of Warwick; The University of Leeds; Oxford Brookes University; and various tutorial positions at The University of Nottingham (1997-1999); Denmark (1989-1990) and Zimbabwe (1984 -1989). In 2003 Benedict vacated his position at Warwick University to join Brunel University London as Professor of Law. In 2004 he established the HEFCE funded Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) which was inaugurated by Lord Bill Brett on 11 May 2004. Ben is the founding Director of Brunel University’s flagship Master of Laws programmes in International Law. He has held various managerial roles in the School of Social Sciences and Law (2004-5) and in Brunel Law School (2006-2013).

The author of several peer reviewed reserach monographs, journal articles and book chapters, his research has been instrumental to the work of national human rights committees/ councils; national, regional and international courts; and to  national and regional organizations and their institutions. He has facilitated the work of the United Nations OHCHR as an expert on Unilateral Coercive Measures and Human Rights; and also on the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action against Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

He is a peer reviewer for the British Acacdemy; the European Science Foundation (ESF) – College of Economics and Social Sciences; European Commission (EC);  Qatar National Research Funding Council; National Research Foundation of South Africa; and the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus.

Benedict has numerous international afiliations, including with the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR);  the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions; Commonwealth of Dominica Network of International Scholars; St Kitts and Nevis Network of International Scholars; the International Law Association (British Branch); Public Administration International (London); Oxford Research Group (ORG); Institute for Leadership and Management (London); Reach Society (London); Good-of-All (USA); and with The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).

He coached and mentored Sagee Sasikumar, and Sethu Nandakumar for the International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition. The pair who were his students, both studying for the Master’s degree in International Economic Law at the University of Warwick Law School in 2002 won in Spain the European round of the world-wide competition and went on to represent Europe in Texas, USA at the final stage of the competition which was adjudicated by judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

This was the first time in its eleven-year history that the European round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition had been won by students studying at a British University. To achieve that, Sagee and Sethu first had to win the UK round of the Competition held in London.

Candidates had to assume the role of lawyers using current law to present legal arguments on behalf of international clients in fictitious cases set in the near future. The main fictitious case concerned a dispute which arises over issues of surveillance from space and which escalates into conflict and damage to satellite equipment and space stations. The competition or “Moot” was named in memory of Manfred Lachs, the renowned Polish educator, diplomat, and jurist, space law expert and longest-serving member of the International Court of Justice.

Benedict is intensively involved in international fora  and has given presentations and reports on contemporary legal issues at: The United Nations - Geneva; State House, Commonwealth of Dominica; The Second World Conference on International Arbitration - Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration; Human Rights & Justice Movement (IHAK) - Istanbul, Turkey;  National Human Rights Council of Morocco; The London School of Economics; Birmingham University; Hull University; Brunel University; The University of Peshawar, Pakistan; Abo Akademi Institute of Human Rights - Turku, Finland; Hawasa University, Ethiopia; Potchefstroom University, South Africa; Faculty of Law - Giessen University, Germany; etc. etc. He has held visiting Professorships at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town - South Africa; and Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany.


B.A. Hons. (Law & Psychology) - The University of Keele

LL.M with Distinction & Best Performance Award – The University of Hull

Ph.D. in Law – The University of Nottingham  

Member - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)

Newest selected publications

Chigara, B. (Accepted) '“Operation Restore Legacy (2017) renders Southern African Development Community (SADC) constitutionalism suspect in the coup d'état that was not a coup”'. Oregon Review of International Law, 20 (No 1). ISSN: 1543-9860 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chigara, B. (Accepted) 'Application of International Law in National Courts and the Integrity of International Law”'. California Western International Law Journal.Open Access Link

Journal article

Chigara, B. (Accepted) '“The administration of International Law in national courts and the legitimacy of International Law”'. International Criminal Law Review, 17. ISSN: 1571-8123 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chigara, B. (Accepted) 'Incommensurabilities of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Land Issue'. African Journal of International & Comparative Law vol. 25.Open Access Link

Journal article

Chigara, B. and Asante, A. (2015) 'Emergent Maritime Labour Law: Possible Implications for other Transnational Labour Fields', in Blackett, A. and Trebilcock, A. (eds.) Research Handbook on Transnational Labour Law. Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar. pp. 343 - 360.

Book chapter
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