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E. Tendayi Achiume

Professor of Law, UCLA Law School and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

E. Tendayi Achiume is Professor of Law at the at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a research associate of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is also the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and is the first woman to serve in this role since its creation in 1994. The current focus of her scholarship is the global governance of racism and xenophobia; and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration. More generally, her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, international migration, and property. In 2016, she co-chaired the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. She is also a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award—the highest university-wide honour for excellence in teaching. Her publications include: ‘Migration as Decolonization’, Stanford Law Review; ‘Governing Xenophobia’, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; ‘Syria, Cost-Sharing and the Responsibility to Protect Refugees’, Minnesota Law Review; and ‘Beyond Prejudice: Structural Xenophobic Discrimination Against Refugees’, Georgetown Journal of International Law.