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Matiangai Sirleaf

Matiangai Sirleaf

Assistant Professor of Law
412-648-1364
matiangai.sirleaf@pitt.edu
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Matiangai Sirleaf is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School. Sirleaf writes and teaches courses in the areas of criminal law and international law. Sirleaf previously served as a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as an assistant professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and as a lecturer for the International Human Rights Exchange Programme run by Bard College and University of the Witwatersrand, teaching courses in international law, criminal law, human rights and transitional justice. Her scholarship addresses how legal institutions can best systematically address the challenges of providing full redress to survivors of mass violence. 

From 2010 to 2012, Sirleaf worked in private practice with Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll in Washington, D.C., where she represented plaintiffs in numerous international human rights cases litigated in federal courts. Prior to that, she served as an attorney with the International Center for Transitional Justice, as law clerk to Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as a summer associate with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, and as a law clerk with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia. She received her JD from Yale Law School in 2008 and her MA from the University of Ghana (Legon) in International Affairs in 2005. In 2014, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from New York University.

Education
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JD, Yale Law School, 2008
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MA, International Affairs, University of Ghana -Legon, 2005
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BA, New York University, 2003

Publications

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, WI. (Sept. 2017) Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Works-In Progress Symposium, (one of eight invited participants nationally) presented draft of Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky:  Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • American Society for International Law (ASIL) Mid-West Works in Progress Conference, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, OH (Sept. 2017) presented draft article Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI. (July 2017) 11th Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, presented emerging idea Shared but Differentiated Responsibility for Combatting Highly Infectious Neglected Diseases

  • Duke Law School, Durham, NC (May 2017) Culp Colloquium presented draft of Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • University of Richmond Law School, Richmond, VA (May 2017) presented Shared but Differentiated Responsibility for Combatting Highly Infectious Neglected Diseases

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI. (Mar. 2017) Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium, presented draft book chapter on the Criminalization of Trafficking in Hazardous Waste in Africa

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA. (Feb. 2017) International Law Colloquium, presented draft article Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • Pennsylvania State University Law School, University Park, PA Jan. 2017 Faculty Workshop, presented draft of Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • American Society for International Law (ASIL) Mid-Year Research Forum, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA Nov. 2016 presented draft of Ebola Does Not Fall from the Sky:  Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • Osgoode Law School, York University Toronto, Canada Oct. 2016 International Law in the Global South Research Seminar Series presented draft book chapter Malabo Protocol and International Criminal Justice in Africa

  • Duke Law School, Durham, NC Sep. 2016 Center for International and Comparative Law’s Women in International Law Research Workshop, presented draft of Ebola Does Not Just Fall from the Sky: Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility.

  • African Court Research Initiative Conference, Arusha, Tanzania July 2016 presented draft book chapter on the Criminalization of Trafficking in Hazardous Waste in Africa

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA July 2016 10th Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop presented draft of Ebola Does Not Just Fall from the Sky:  Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility

  • Law & Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA June 2016 Panel: International Criminal Justice in Comparative Perspective presented the Malabo Protocol and Transitional Justice in Africa

  • Duke Law School, Durham, NC May 2016 Culp Colloquium presented early stage idea on Global Structural Violence and International Responsibility: From Ebola to Zika

  • Loyola University Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL Apr. 2016, Workshop for book project on Africa’s International Courts, presented Malabo Protocol and Transitional Justice in Africa

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, OH Feb. 2016 Faculty Workshop presented Regionalism, Regime Complexes, & International Criminal Justice in Africa

  • Duke University, Durham, NC Feb. 2016 Conversations in Human Rights Panel: Debating Trials & Truth Commissions Responding to Violence in Africa.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC Feb. 2016 International Law Colloquium presented Regionalism, Regime Complexes, & International Criminal Justice in Africa

  • World Social Sciences Forum, Durban, South Africa Sept. 2015 Panel: The African Court and the Fight Against Gross Human Rights Abuses in Africa

  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL Aug. 2015 Panel: International Responses to Cross-Border Crises: Ebola, ISIS, and Late-Breaking Events

  • Duke Law School, Durham, NC May 2015 Culp Colloquium presented Regionalism, Regime Complexes, & International Criminal Justice in Africa 

  • American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting Washington, D.C. Apr. 2015 Panel: International Criminal Law New Voices presenting Regionalism, Regime Complexes & International Criminal Justice

  • Temple Law School, Philadelphia, PA Mar. 2015 Panel:  Is the Proposed African Criminal Court A Good Idea?

Awards and Honors

  • The Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Affairs awarded Professor Sirleaf a research grant for AY 2016 - AY2018 to support her work on global health inequities and the distribution of infectious diseases. The annual competition supports the work of full-time or core non-tenured faculty for research and publication on a human security topic. Read more here.

  • New York University Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award 2014, presented annually to an NYU alum, faculty, or staff member who embodies and exemplifies the characteristics promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.