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Prof Lilian Chenwi


Professor Lilian Chenwi joined SERI as the newest member of its Board of Directors in June 2015. Lilian is a Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to joining the Wits School of Law, she served as the head of the Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre.

In 2013, she was among the Mail & Guardian 200 young South Africans or permanent residents aged 35 and under who are doing extraordinary things. In 2012, she was co-recipient of the Vera Chirwa Human Rights Award, particularly for her contribution to the development of economic, social and cultural rights. In the same year, she was voted amongst the Top 35 Under 35 Young African Leaders in International Affairs by the YPIA (Young People in International Affairs).

Lilian has participated in processes that led to the adoption of two key international documents - the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Her research interests include international human rights law, public international law, socio-economic rights, international criminal law, housing rights, and the death penalty from a human rights perspective.