About Bernadette Atuahene
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 transactions.
Professor Atuahene joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2005. She teaches Law, Policy and International Development; Property; Trusts and Estates; 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), and in 2016 she was promoted to Research Professor.
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. Her most recent book, "We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program" is based on 150 interviews she conducted of program beneficiaries. She also directed and produced a documentary film about one South African family's struggle to reclaim their land. Professor Atuahene won the Law and Public Affairs Fellowship and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University for the 2011-12 academic year. Most recently, she won a National Science Foundation Grant for her new book project about squatters in Detroit.
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Popular Press (22)
Lack of Communication Is an Injustice in Land Restitution Mail & Guardian (2014)
By signing the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, President Jacob Zuma recently initiated round two of South Africa’s programme of land restitution. Yet, before entering this new phase, the Commission on the Restitution of ...
Land Is Not a Utopia for the Dispossessed Mail & Guardian (2012)
The Constitution mandates equitable redress for individuals and communities from whom colonial and apartheid-era governments, under racially discriminatory laws and practices, took land after 1913.The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights has provided equitable redress ...
If We Do Not Act, South Africa Will Fall Apart Just as Zimbabwe Has! Huffington Post (2010)
South Africa is ground zero for the fight against HIV/AIDS and the international community relies upon its soft power to deal with the political crises in Sudan, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Due to South Africa's successful ...
Haiti: Has God Turned His Back on the Country? Huffington Post (2010)
Americans have witnessed a barrage of heart wrenching images from Haiti. Images of collapsed buildings that have entombed people, who were unable to escape the earthquake's fast fury. Images of bloodied yet resilient children caked ...
We Need to Anticipate Terrorists, Not React to Them Huffington Post (2010)
I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how in the world Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23 year old Nigerian student, outsmarted homeland security and its Transportation Security Administration (TSA). I would have more ...