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J. Jarpa Dawuni

Serving through 2025

J. Jarpa Dawuni is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University in the United States and the Founding Director of the Howard University Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership. She is a qualified Barrister-at-Law before the Ghana Superior Courts and holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Georgia State University. Her primary areas of research include judicial politics, women in the legal professions, gender and the law, international human rights, women’s civil society organizing, and democratization. Her recent books include: Intersectionality and Women’s Access to Justice in Africa (Lexington, 2022); Gender, Judging and the Courts in Africa: Selected Cases (Routledge, 2021); International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives (Routledge, 2018) co-edited with Judge Akua Kuenyehia and Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity? (Routledge, 2016), co-edited with Gretchen Bauer. She is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL).