Jean-Marie Kamatali joined the College of Law faculty as a visiting assistant professor of law and assistant director of the LLM program in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed a tenure-track position as assistant professor of law. He teaches International Human Rights Law, Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies, International Comparative NGO Law, and Immigration and Nationality Law. His research and teaching interests include consumer protection law, law and development, restorative justice, transitional justice and international humanitarian law, and comparative constitutional law.
Kamatali joined ONU from the University of Notre Dame College of Law, where he served as senior researcher and adjunct professor of law. He has also taught at Kent State University, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). After the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Kamatali was appointed dean of the only law school in Rwanda that time. In this position, he oversaw the rebuilding of the legal education in Rwanda and was involved in the institutional and legal reform of the post-genocide Rwanda, including Gacaca system, constitutional and legal reform as well as national reconciliation.
Kamatali has served as consultant for a number of U.S Government institutions, including the Department of Justice and USAID. He has been consultant also to a number of international organizations, including the World Bank, UNICEF, FAO, Office of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect, and Danish Center for Human Rights. His expertise has also been sought out by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research council of Canada (SSHRC), Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and the Government of the Netherlands.
He has been a guest on a number of TV and Radio programs, including NPR, Voice of America (VOA), Democracy Now, and News Talk 93 FM Jamaica. In 2010, he was awarded the Dean Daniel S. Guy Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism.
His articles have been recently cited in cases before the International Criminal Court (Situation in the Republic of Kenya, In the case of the Prosecutor V. Francis Kirimi Muthaura and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, ICC-01/09-02/11, 7 February 2013) and the Broadcasting Monitoring and Complaints Commissions of South Africa (South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies v. Islamic Unity Convention). His publications have been also cited by the United Nations Human Rights Council (A/HRC/3/2 of 23 November 2006, and A/HRC/2/6 of 20 September 2006 ) and the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (Study on International Standards Relating to Incitement to Genocide or Racial Hatred). His April 2014 publication "Following Orders in Rwanda" as The New York Times op-ed contributor received significant and positive reviews.
MA, Notre Dame University
License en Droit, National University of Rwanda
Bachelier en Droit, National University of Rwanda