SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Olivia Lwabukuna

LLB (Swaziland) LLM (Cape Town) PhD. (Pretoria) Advocate (Tanzania)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications


Olivia Lwabukuna
Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law


Centre of African Studies


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Human Rights Law


School of Law

Deputy Teaching and Learning Director

Dr Olivia Lwabukuna
Email address:
+44 (0) 207 074 5120
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
Office No:
Academic Support Hours:
Thursdays 13:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 17:00


To book slot for office hours click: here

Olivia is a Tanzanian lawyer and advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Swaziland, Master of Laws from the University of Cape Town and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Pretoria. She has worked for over a decade within professional and academic roles in South Africa, Tanzania, Swaziland, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Olivia is currently a lecturer in the department of Law, SOAS, University of London where she has convened and taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including International Law, Foundations of Human Rights, Legal Systems of Asia and Africa and Law and Development in Africa. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of African Law (Cambridge).

Under auspices of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Rule of Law Program for Sub-Saharan Africa, Olivia has convened  the Annual Regional Workshops on the Rule of Law and Inclusive Development in Africa since 2017. Her research interests lie in the area of law’s interaction with development and migration, specifically within an African regional context. In this respect, she has worked particularly on issues of law, governance and economic development in Africa, internal displacement in Africa, and the wider subject of migration governance in Africa. These research areas straddle fields of human rights law, migration law, international economic law and international development law.


Extra-Ordinary Lecturer-Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa



*Law and Development in Africa, Human Rights in Africa, Migration Law, Legal Systems of Africa,


For help in contacting SOAS academics and advice on services to business and the community, please contact SOAS Enterprise on +44(0)20 7898 4837 or email
For all press and media enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7898 4135 or email

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Swahili



Durojaye, Ebenezer and Lwabukuna, Olivia and Oette, Lutz and Williams-Elegbe, Sope (2021) 'Introduction: COVID-19 and the Law in Africa'. Journal of African Law, (65) S2, pp 173-180.

Adeola, Romola and Lwabukuna, Olivia and Oette, Lutz and Viljoen, Frans (2021) 'Introduction: Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa'. Journal of African Law, (65) S1, pp 5-8.

Lwabukuna, Olivia K (2021) 'The Responsibility to Protect Internally Displaced Persons in Africa'. Journal of African Law, (65) S1, pp 73-100.

Lwabukuna, Olivia Kokushubila (2016) 'International Rule of Law and Development: Underpinnings of the MDGs and the Post-2015 SDGs Agenda'. Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, (11) 2, pp 89-94.

Lwabukuna, Olivia Kokushubila (2015) 'Natural Resources for Socio- Economic Development in Africa: Legal Governance of Extractive Industries in Ghana'. Africa Insight, (44) 4, pp 47-60.

Lwabukuna, Olivia K (2012) 'Internal displacement in South Africa : Reflections on law, memory and contemporary forced removals'. Southern Africa Public Law, (27) 1, pp 210-230.

Edited Books or Journals

Durojaye, Ebenezer and Lwabukuna, Olivia and Oette, Lutz and Williams-Elegbe, Sope, (eds.), (2021) COVID-19 and the Law in Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Journal of African Law Special Issue Volume 65 - Supplement S2).

Adeola, Romola and Lwabukuna, Olivia and Oette, Lutz and Viljoen, Frans, (eds.), (2021) Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. Journal of African Law, vol. 65, supplt 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

Lwabukuna, Olivia Kokushubila (2017) 'Power, Prejudice and Transitional Constitution-Making in Kenya: The Gender of Law and Religious Politics in Reproductive Choice'. In: Lahai, John Idriss and Moyo, Khanyisela, (eds.), Gender in Human Rights and Transitional Justice. Cham: Springer, pp 45-72.

Lwabukuna, Olivia Kokushubila (2016) 'Interrogating and reviewing legal and policy frameworks governing acid mine drainage in South Africa'. In: Mujuru, Munyaradzi and Mutanga, Shingirirai S., (eds.), Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa: Input for Mineral Beneficiation in Africa. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, pp 123-148.

Lwabukuna, Olivia, Kokushubila (2015) 'Fragility, Trade and Inclusive Development in Resource-Rich African Countries'. In: Ewusi, Samuel, Kale, (ed.), Managing Fragile and Security Challenges in Africa. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: United Nations University for Peace-Africa Programme, pp 42-53.

Monographs and Working Papers

Lwabukuna, Olivia (2016) Lwabukuna, O. (2016) Governing African extractives for development: lessons from Ghana's petroleum revenue management law. (AISA Policy Brief, no. 122, July).. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa.


This list was last generated on Tuesday, 18th January 2022, 05:09 Europe/London.