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Satang Nabaneh

Director of Programs, Human Rights Center; Research Professor of Law

Staff, Full-Time Faculty, Joint Appointment

College of Arts and Sciences: Human Rights Center; School of Law


Email: Satang Nabaneh
Phone: 937-229-3677
KH 327


  • Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2020
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of The Gambia, The Gambia, 2012


Satang Nabaneh is the the Director of Programs for the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton. She is a legal scholar and human rights practitioner. Her expertise spans international human rights law and monitoring mechanisms; human rights in Africa, gender equality and women’s rights, democratization in Africa and comparative constitutionalism. Dr. Nabaneh has substantial experience conducting research including systematic desk reviews and rigorous interdisciplinary field research in multiple countries. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic publications such as the Health and Human Rights Journal, International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, African Disability Rights Yearbook, Constitutions of the World and the yearly I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law.

Most recently, she held the position of the post-doctoral fellow and Manager of the Masters and Doctorate in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa (SRRA) Academic Program at the Centre for Human Rights based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. She teaches master's students and supervises masters’ mini-dissertations at the University of Pretoria. Dr. Nabaneh is a member of the Panel of Experts of the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), a Pan-African and feminist-led organization that seeks to use the rule of law and African domestic and regional courts to advance women’s human rights and sexual rights, through strategic litigation. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the University of Bergen Centre on Law and Social Transformation in Norway.

She previously worked with the Women’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights where she was responsible for providing technical support to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). In this role, she was part of processes for the development of human rights norms and standards on women’s rights in Africa including conductive formative research and drafting of general comments, in relation to HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights, child marriage, and property rights of women. She also has extensive experience training government and civil society actors in a range of countries.

Prior to this, she taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of The Gambia, where she instructed on courses such as gender and the law, constitutional law, clinical legal education, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. She also coordinated the Female Lawyers Association of The Gambia (FLAG), a non-profit organization championing the effective participation of female lawyers in the development and protection of women’s rights.