Dr. Josephine J. Dawuni
Josephine Dawuni is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL). She is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Washington D.C. She holds an LLB from the University of Ghana, was called to the Ghana Bar in 2001 and is a Barrister-at-Law before the Ghana Superior Courts of Judicature. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Georgia State University. Her primary areas of research include judicial
politics, gender, law and development, international human rights, women’s civil society organizing and democratization. Her works have appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Africa Today, Journal of African Law and Studies in Gender and Development Africa, as well as chapters in edited volumes. She is the editor (with Gretchen Bauer) of Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From obscurity to parity? (Routledge, 2016). She is currently working on a second
book (co-edited with Judge Akua Kuenyehia and Leigh Swigart) on African Women Judges on International Courts: Untold Stories (forthcoming 2017 by Routledge).She has attended and presented at many domestic and international professional conferences as well as chaired conference panels. In 2015 Josephine was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law iCourts program where she conducted research on African Women Judges on
International Courts. In 2016, she was a Carnegie Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, under the competitive Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP).