Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa is Professor at the University of Cape Town, specialising in economic, social and cultural rights, children’s rights, international human rights law and comparative African constitutional and administrative law. He holds a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, and an LLB from the University of Malawi. From 2009 to 2014, he served as Head of the Department of Public Law. He has worked with a wide range of NGOs in Africa and beyond, including as a Director of the Open Democracy and Advice Centre (ODAC, 2006-2009), RAPCAN (a South African child rights and welfare NGO based in Cape Town), the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (a South African NGO focussing on socio-economic rights), Rights and Democracy (Canada), Community Law Centre (South Africa), African Child Policy Forum (Ethiopia), ESCR-Net (USA based), Southern African Human Rights Trust (Zimbabwe). In 2007-8, he served as Secretary-General of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers. Chirwa has been a contributing editor to the South African Journal of Criminal Justice (2006) and an editor of the ESR Review ( 2002 - 2009) and has also served on the editorial board of the Acta Juridica (2006), Constitutional Court Review, City of Hong Kong University Law Review, the University of Ilorin Law Journal, South African Yearbook of International Law. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Malawi Law Journal.
Chirwa has published on various human rights issues - such as privatization and human rights, non-state actors and human rights, children's rights, women's rights, economic, social and cultural rights, domestic protection of human rights, and international protection of human rights.
- International Protection of Human Rights PBL5631S (postgrad)
- International Rights of the Child PBL5628F (postgrad)
- Administrative Law PBL4001W (undergrad)
- Current Issues in Constitutional Law PBL4105F (now PBL4604F: Social Justice and the Constitution) (undergrad)
He has considerable experience in doctoral supervision in all areas of human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights, domestic protection and implementation of human rights, children's rights, regional protection of human rights, aspects of the international protection of human rights, national human rights institutions, NGOs, non-state actors, horizontal application of human rights, and comparative African constitutional and administrative law.
‘Access to medicines and health care in sub-Saharan Africa: A historical perspective’ (2016) Maryland Journal of International Law (forthcoming) (and L Chenwi) (eds) The protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Africa: International, regional and national perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
‘Group rights and their relevance to economic, social and cultural rights: Insights from the jurisprudence of the African Commission’ in DM Chirwa & L Chenwi (eds) The protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Africa: International, regional and national perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) 212 – 242.
‘Children’s rights, alternative care frameworks and judicial responses to restrictions on inter-country adoption: A case study of Malawi and Uganda’ (2016) 16 African Human Rights Law Journal 117 – 144.
Human rights under the Malawian Constitution (Juta & Co Ltd, 2011) 555 pages. (and Lia Nijzink) (eds) Accountable government in Africa: Perspectives from public law and political studies (Cape Town: UCT Press/United National University Press, 2012).
Liberating Malawi's administrative justice jurisprudence from its common law shackles' (2011) 55(1) Journal of African Law 105 - 127.
‘Privatisation and freedom from poverty’ in G van Bueren (ed) Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right: Law’s Duty to the Poor (UNESCO: Paris, 2010) 299 – 318
State responsibility for human rights' in Mashood A Baderin & Manisuli Ssenyonjo (eds) Human rights law: Six decades after the UDHR and beyond (Surrey: Ashgate, 2010) 397 - 410.
African regional human rights system: The promise of recent jurisprudence on social rights' in M Langford (ed) Socio-economic rights jurisprudence: Emerging trends in comparative and international law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) 323 - 338.