Prof. Chikosa Banda

Chikosa Moses Ulendo Banda is Senior Law Lecturer and the Dean of Law at the School of Law at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He holds a Masters of Laws Degree from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from the University of Malawi. He is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Maryland: Francis King Carey School of Law where he co-developed the law school’s new Legal Theory and Practice Course: “Environmental Justice, Human Rights and Public Health.”

He teaches Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Water Policies, Laws and Institutions, International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Private International Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught other courses including International Law and Human Rights Law. My research interests include global justice and human rights, the interface between international trade and human rights, intellectual property and promotion of biomedical R&D, environmental governance, and gender dimensions of health. He has supervised and assessed numerous student dissertations in Business and Human Rights, Intellectual Property Law, and Environmental Law. He has researched and consulted widely in a number of areas, including intellectual property and access to medicines, seed sovereignty and farmers’ rights, environmental law, disaster risk management, the right to health, rights of vulnerable prisoners. 

He is a Board Member for the Malawi Environmental Protection Authority and the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy. He previously also served on the Board for Dignitas International and Dignitas United States. He is a member of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. He is also a representative of ICEL to the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). He also has a number of publications to his credit including Administrative Justice, Environmental Governance and the Rule of Law in Malawi; Theatre of the Oppressed: Advancing a Human Rights Based Approach to Upholding Health Rights in a Malawian Women’s prison; An Indigenous Approach: Applying the Concept of uMunthu amongst Student Youth Leaders to Reduce Discrimination against LGBTI Persons in Malawi; Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Pharmaceuticals : Recent Law and Policy Reforms in the Southern Africa Development Community Region, among others.

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