Bronwen Manby

Bronwen Manby

Visiting Senior Fellow

LSE Human Rights

About me

Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant in the field of human rights, democracy and good governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has written on a wide range of human rights issues in Africa, with particular interests in South Africa and Nigeria (especially the oil industry in the Niger Delta), and in continental developments in human rights law. Recently, her research and writing have focused on statelessness, comparative nationality law, and legal identity, and she has worked closely with UNHCR on its global campaign against statelessness.

Bronwen worked for the Open Society Foundations from 2004 to 2014, where she founded the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), an initiative to monitor and strengthen compliance with the African Union's commitments on good governance and human rights, and led research on a range of other issues related to the foundations' work in Africa. She was previously the deputy director of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, where she worked for 11 years, and has also worked for human rights organizations in South Africa.  She is a board member of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Bronwen has degrees from Oxford and Columbia Universities, is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and in 2015 was awarded a doctorate by Maastricht University faculty of law.


'Toxic rhetoric' takes human rights into dark age:  Dr Bronwen Manby is interviewed about Amnesty Internationals' "The State of the World's Human Rights' assessment. "Some of the world’s largest countries are not being held to account when it comes to human rights violations."

Dr Bronwen Manby, Visiting Senior Fellow, contributed a chapter on “Legal identity for all” to the biannual report of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion on The World’s Stateless, focusing this year on childhood statelessness. The report was launched on 2 February in London. Details of the launch event can be found here

Dr Bronwen Manby has co-authored a blog with Alan Gelb of Center for Global Development 'Has development converged with human rights? Implications for the legal identity SDG'