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Swithin Munyantwali

Executive Director and Co-Founder of the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE)

Swithin Munyantwali is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE).  Since its establishment 15 years ago, Mr. Munyantwali has led the operations of the centre serving a broad constituency of sub-Saharan African governments, private and non-governmental organizations through technical assistance and training.  Under Mr. Munyantwali’s leadership the ILI-ACLE has successfully implemented significant rule of law assignments throughout the African region.  The Institute has been engaged by major bilateral and multilateral donors and regional governments to implement a portfolio of projects including: court restructuring and upgrading, law drafting, parliamentary strengthening, and various capacity building activities.  The Centre, which has a Southern Africa office (in the Kingdom of Lesotho), is currently implementing a major rebuilding of the Lesotho judiciary, with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Mr. Munyantwali is also an advisor to the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (Dispute Resolution Program), the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Bioterrorism Prevention Programme), and the ABA-UNDP Advisory Board Centre in Washington, DC.  He has also served as an advisor and counsel to Le Boeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, and is currently serving as counsel to the Washington law firm ofPatton Boggs.  He has served as an international arbitrator under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce.  He is a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Barclays Bank Uganda, where he also serves as the Chairman of the Board Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and previously as the Chair of the Board Audit Committee.  Following an invitation of the Under-Secretary General of the UN Habitat, he serves on a special committee counseling the agency approach to pro-poor housing investment initiatives.  At the request of the Secretary General of Interpol, Mr. Munyantwali serves on its Informal Board of Experts Bioterrorism Prevention Program.  Most recently, he was appointed to the Board of the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C.  Since 2010 he has served on the Board of the Uganda Safari Company.  Privately, Mr. Munyantwali has investments in the hospitality and real estate sector in Uganda.

Mr. Munyantwali has served as a Guest Professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology, as well as the City University of Hong Kong Law School.  He has also lectured at Case Western Reserve Law SchoolUniversity of Pacific McGeorge and at the World Affairs Council in Sacramento, California.

Mr. Munyantwali obtained his education at St. Joseph’s University(B.Sc Criminal Justice)(1998); his Juris Doctor at Case Western Reserve Law School (1992); and his Masters in International Law (LLM) at Georgetown University Law Centre (1993).  He is a licensed U.S. lawyer, admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

He is married to Lyvia Kakonge Munyantwali, a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor, and they have three children.

Mr. Munyantwali is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

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