Migyikra Erasmus Ndemole

Erasmus MigrykaBiography

Migyikra Erasmus Ndemole (M.E.N.) is the founding member of the West Africa Centre for Peace Studies in Ghana and Uganda Chapter, Institute of Africa Fashion and Creative Arts Migyikra Fashion and Design Limited. Currently he works with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan as Child Protection Officer.

Since February 2012 he has been working in the oil rich State called Unity State-Bentiu. This state is one of the hottest spots in Sudan and the contested region between the North and the South Sudan(s). It is also a hot bed for the 2013/2014 political conflict with underlying inter-tribal dynamics.

Earlier on, he had worked as a Human Rights Officer of the erstwhile United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) (both in Darfur and the semi-autonomous region of South Sudan from March 2005- February 2011.  He was stationed in Nyala and Wau respectively which serves as hubs for vast geographical regions. Also he has 10 years working experience with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in – Ghana, as an investigator (1994-2004).

He has also thought courses in various International laws and Refugee Studies in Kenyatta University and Africa Nazarene University both in Kenya in 2011 and supervised 12 dissertations of law students.

He has interest in researching into issues surrounding children in armed conflict (Children’s rights in general), international crime and justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law as well as Peace and Conflict studies, Gender, Security and Strategic matters in Africa in particular and globally

He studied and gained qualifications from countries such as Ghana, Austria, UK, Italy, Germany and Kenya. Migyikra holds the following qualifications:

  • MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from European University Center for Peace Studies (Austria),
  • LLM in International Crime and Justice (International Criminal Law) from UNICRI/ University of Turin (Italy).
  • LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from European University Viadrina (Germany)
    • LLB Degree and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/CPE) Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (UK).
  • and Diploma in Social Work/Administration from University of (Ghana),

Having completed Kenya School of law with Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (professional stage) and was gazetted and called to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (a barrister and solicitor) and a member of East Africa Law Society.

PhD Research

Erasmus Ndemole Migyikra joined the University of Leicester in 2015 as a PhD student, supervised by Prof. Jo Phoenix and Eleanor Gordon. His research will largely base on the protection of children in Armed Conflict which will take into accounts Thomas Lubanga’s Test”, as a tool for IHL and the Examination of UNSCR 1612 and related resolutions. By so doing he will examine the criminality and the protection of children during armed conflicts and how international criminal law is perceived in the context of South Sudan. Therefore the general research question will be “How have children’s rights in South Sudan armed conflict been perceived among stakeholders in the conflict”.  In his research he will be answering question such as What is the role of South Sudan government and other non-perpetrator stakeholders on the protection of children in the armed conflict situation; What are the key grave violations inflicted on children in the armed conflict situation; What are the challenges faced in the implementation of all child protection instruments in armed conflict situation; How have child protection instruments been applied by perpetrators and non-perpetrators in armed conflict in war situations; What lessons have been drawn from the Lubanga’s case by both perpetrators and non-perpetrators in armed conflicts.

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