Beyani, Chaloka

Dr Chaloka Beyani  


Position held

Associate Professor in Law


Non LSE positions held

United Nations

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons


Experience keywords:

climate change; constitutional reform; democracy; displaced persons; displacement of populations; gender relations; human rights; human trafficking; humanitarian assistance; maritime disputes; mercenaries; migrants; migration; public international law; refugees; state authority; state responsibility; territorial disputes; treaty-making

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Dr Chaloka Beyani is a recognized international and United Nations expert on internally displaced persons, population transfers, mercenaries and private military companies, sexual and reproductive health, the human rights based approach to development, climate change, making treaties, and making constitutions. He has served as a legal advisor and expert to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Fund for Women, the European Union, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the African Union. He is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

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Countries and regions to which research relates:

Africa; Great Lakes region; Moldova; Zambia


Nyanja [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Tonga [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6388

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Beyani, Chaloka and Krynsky Baal, Natalia and Caterina, Martina (2016) Conceptual challenges and practical solutions in situations of internal displacement Forced Migration Review (52). 39-42. ISSN 1460-9819


Beyani, Chaloka (2013) African Research Fellows come to LSE Africa at LSE (26 Feb 2013) Blog entry

Beyani, Chaloka (2013) Kenya must avoid a new internal displacement crisis” – UN expert warns in run up to elections Africa at LSE (26 Feb 2013) Blog entry

Beyani, Chaloka (2013) Collected essays on the use of international law Cameron May, CMP Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 978190717412 4

Beyani, Chaloka (2013) Protection of the right to seek and obtain asylum under the African human rights system Refugees and human rights, 12. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden. ISBN 9789004163416


Beyani, Chaloka (2012) Reconstituting the universal: human rights as a regional idea In: Gearty, Conor and Douzinas, Costas, (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law. Cambridge companions to law. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 173-190. ISBN 9781107016248


Beyani, Chaloka (2008) The politics of international law: transformation of the guiding principles on internal displacement from soft law to hard law American Society of International Law. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, 102. 194-198. ISSN 0272-5037


Beyani, Chaloka (2007) Introductory note on the pact on security, stability and development in the Great Lakes region International Legal Materials, 46 (2). 173-175. ISSN 0020-7829

Beyani, Chaloka (2007) Recent developments in the African human rights system 2004-2006 Human Rights Law Review, 7 (3). 582-608. ISSN 1461-7781


Beyani, Chaloka (2006) The role of human rights bodies in protecting refugees In: Bayefsky, Anne F., (ed.) Human Rights and Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrant Workers. Refugees and human rights (10). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Netherlands, 269-281. ISBN 9789004144835

Beyani, Chaloka (2006) Recent developments: the elaboration of a legal framework for the protection of internally displaced persons in Africa Journal of African Law, 50 (2). 187-197. ISSN 0221-8553


Beyani, Chaloka (2004) Governance and human rights in the SADC region Journal of African Elections, 3 (1). 62-80. ISSN 1609-4700


Beyani, Chaloka (2003) International law and the war on terror In: Macrae, Joanna and Harmer, Adele, (eds.) Humanitarian Action and the ‘Global War on Terror’: a Review of Trends and Issues. Humanitarian policy group reports (14). Overseas Development Institute, London, UK, 13-23. ISBN 0850036720


Beyani, Chaloka and Lilly, Damian (2001) Regulating private military companies: options for the UK Government International Alert, London, UK. ISBN 1898702073


Beyani, Chaloka (2000) Human rights standards and the free movement of people within states Oxford monographs in international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198268215

Beyani, Chaloka and Fitzpatrick, Joan and Kalin, Walter (2000) Introduction - the editorial group International Journal of Refugee Law, 12 (supp.1). 1-8. ISSN 0953-8186

Beyani, Chaloka (2000) International legal criteria for the separation of members of armed forces, armed bands and militia from refugees in the territories of host states International Journal of Refugee Law, 12 (Specia). 251-271. ISSN 0953-8186

Beyani, Chaloka and Fitzpatrick, Joan and Kalin, Walter and Zard, Monette (eds.) (2000) Exclusion from protection (special supplementary issue) International Journal of Refugee Law, 12 (supp.1). 1-347. ISSN 0953-8186


Beyani, Chaloka (1999) The legal premises for the international protection of human rights In: Goodwin-Gill, Guy S. and Talmon, Stefan, (eds.) The Reality of International Law: Essays in Honour of Professor Brownlie. Clarendon Press, Oxford, UK, 21-36. ISBN 9780198268376


Leigh, L. H. and Beyani, Chaloka (1996) Blackstone's guide to the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 Blackstone Press, London, UK. ISBN 9781854315915


Beyani, Chaloka (1995) The needs of refugee women: a human-rights perspective Gender and Development, 3 (2). 29-35. ISSN 1355-2074


Beyani, Chaloka (1994) Toward a more effective guarantee of women's rights in the African human rights system In: Cook, Rebecca J., (ed.) Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives. University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania, USA, 285-306. ISBN 9780812215380

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This commentary provides a valuable insight into the use of human rights in the protection of refugees through the prism of the African Human Rights System.

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Dr Beyani joined the Department of Law at LSE in 1996 and lectures in international law and human rights. He was formerly a Research Fellow at Wolfson college, Oxford, with Lectureships in Law at Exeter and St. Catherine's colleges, Oxford, and a Crown Prince of Jordan Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, as part of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford. He studied law at the University of Oxford (D.Phil) and at the University of Zambia (UNZA)(LLB, LLM). He has taught international law, human rights, public law, and criminal law at Oxford and UNZA. He is Visiting Professor of International Law at the University of Toronto and Santa Clara University. Dr Beyani was a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Union on the Formation of an African Union Government. He has served as an expert to the African Union on the issue of universal jurisdiction and was a member of the joint African Union and European Union ad hoc Expert Group on Universal Jurisdiction. He is currently a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Advisory Group on Human Rights. He has practical legal and political experience in making national constitutions. He was a member of the official Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review of the Republic of Kenya, the Committee that drafted and prepared the Constitution of Kenya, which was adopted by referendum in 2010. He also has practical legal and diplomatic experience in treaty making, having drafted and negotiated the adoption of the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons 2009. He also drafted and negotiated the adoption of 11 peace treaties under the framework of the Pact on Peace, Stability and Development of the Great Lakes Region 2006.

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