LAPA Fellow 2011-2012
Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent Law School; Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Bernadette Atuahene is Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent Law School and a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her law degree at Yale, and an MPA at Harvard’s Kennedy School. While still in law school, she worked as a human rights investigator for the Center for Economic and Social Rights, where she received Amnesty International’s Patrick Stewart Human Rights Award for her work with human rights organizations throughout South America. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for Justices Madala and Ngcobo. She then worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, where she focused on sovereign debt and real estate transactions. Her research deals with confiscation and restitution of property. As a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in 2008, she worked with the South African Director General of Land Affairs and his staff. She is presently writing a book about the Land Restitution Program, which is based on 150 interviews she conducted with program beneficiaries. She is also directing and producing a documentary film about one family’s struggle to reclaim their land. Professor Atuahene teaches Law, Policy and International Development; Property; and International Business Transactions.