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Jean Marie Kamatali Joins the ONU Law staff

Jun 23, 2008
The Ohio Northern University (ONU) Pettit College of Law has hired Jean Marie Kamatali as a visiting assistant professor of law and assistant director of the LL.M. program, effective July 1. In this role, Kamatali will be teaching courses related to the LL.M. in Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law and assisting the director in administering the program.

"We're excited about the addition of Jean Marie to the ONU law staff. His background in civil and human rights will complement our existing faculty and be a tremendous resource to the overall program," said Howard Fenton, ONU law professor and director of the LL.M. program. "Not to mention, this is a tremendous sign of our program's continued growth."

Kamatali joins ONU from the University of Notre Dame College of Law, where he serves as a senior post-doctoral research associate and adjunct professor, and Indiana University South Bend, where he is also an adjunct professor. Previously, Kamatali was dean of the law school at the National University of Rwanda and contributed to the post-genocide legal and institutional rebuilding in Rwanda. Further, he has served as a visiting professor in different universities throughout Africa, Europe and North America, including ONU.

Kamatali is a consultant for USAID project in Burundi and has participated in the 41st and 42nd Sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights held respectively in Accra, Ghana, and Brazzaville, Congo. He has been published in various outlets across different languages and is actively involved in both U.S. and Rwandan human rights and legal organizations, including serving as a consultant to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), among others.

He earned his bachelier en droit and his licence en droit from the National University of Rwanda and received a master of arts from the University of Notre Dame and a doctor of laws from the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Karl-Franzens Universitat-Graz in Austria.

The LL.M. program is a fully funded, one-year program of study designed for lawyers whose first law degree was earned from a law school outside the U.S. Each year, no more than 20 lawyers working in the public sector in emerging democratic nations participate in the LL.M. program to develop their knowledge and skills in the area of democratic governance and the rule of law. As part of the program, students are required to commit to two years of further public service upon return to their home countries. In May, eight students from seven countries graduated from the program.
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