Chi Adanna Mgbako

Chi Adanna Mgbako

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Leitner International Human Rights Clinic

Telephone: 212.636.7716
Office: Room 223 (33 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor)

Research & Teaching Areas

Human Rights; Women; Gender


Chi Adanna Mgbako is clinical professor of law and founding director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City. She and her students work on human rights campaigns, policy reports, mobile legal aid clinics, and public interest lawsuits in partnership with grassroots organizations focusing on the sexual health and rights of marginalized populations and access to justice. She has conducted human rights fieldwork and advocacy in many countries, among them Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and the United States.

Her publications have appeared in academic journals such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Human Rights Quarterly and media outlets including The New York Times (Global Edition), International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, and She is currently working on a book project on the sex worker rights movement in Africa.

She has been honored as one of the National Law Journal's "Top 40 Lawyers of Color Under 40" (2011), Fordham Law School's "Public Interest Professor of the Year" (2012), and the Police Reform Organizing Project's "Citizen of the City Award" recipient (2013).

Selected Publications

For a list of Professor Mgbako's publications, including law review articles, human rights reports, op-Eds, and book chapters and reviews please click here.


Professor Mgbako received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Gary Bellow Public Service Award, the Dean's Award for Community Leadership, the Kaufman Public Service Fellowship, and a post-graduate Henigson Human Rights Fellowship to work as a researcher in the West Africa office of the International Crisis Group. She earned her B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Columbia University, where she was a John F. Kluge Scholar.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2005
  • Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001