J.D. 2002, Yale Law School; M.P.A. 2002, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School
of Government; B.A. 1997 (magna cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles. 

Professor Atuahene has varied experiences in the field of law and international
development. During law school, she worked as a legal consultant for the World Bank and
as a human rights investigator for the Center for Economic and Social Rights, where she
received Amnesty International’s Patrick Stewart Human Rights Award for her work with
human rights organizations throughout South America. 

After law school, Professor Atuahene was in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. She
served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for
Justices Madala and Ngcobo. She then practiced as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen
& Hamilton in New York, where she focused on sovereign debt and real estate

Professor Atuahene joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2005. She teaches Law, Policy and
International Development; Property; and International Business Transactions. In 2007 she
was selected to become a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, which is a
socio-legal think tank based in Chicago. 

Broadly, Professor Atuahene's research focuses on the property related aspects of
transitional justice. In 2008, she won the Council on Foreign Relations International
Affairs Fellowship and worked with the South African Director General of Land Affairs and
his staff. She is presently writing a book about the Land Restitution Program, which is
based on 150 interviews she conducted of program beneficiaries. She is also directing and
producing a documentary film about one family's struggle to reclaim their land.
Professor Atuahene won the Law and Public Affairs Fellowship and will be a Visiting
Assistant Professor at Princeton University for the 2011-2012 academic year. 



We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program (Oxford University Press) (2014)


Millions of people all over the world have been displaced from their homes and...




The Importance of Conversation in Transitional Justice: A Study of Land Restitution in South Africa, Law and Social Inquiry (2014)

One of the most replicated findings of the procedural justice literature is that people who...




Researching Law's Special Issue on "We Want What's Ours", Researching Law (2015)

Researching Law is a socio-legal magazine published by the American Bar Foundation.



Researching Law's Special Issue on "Property Rights and the Demands of Transformation", Researching Law (2011)

Researching Law is a socio-legal magazine published by the American Bar Foundation.


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In South Africa, Land Apartheid Lives On, The New York Times (2015)


Nelson Mandela’s Uneven Legacy, Los Angeles Times (2014)

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