Tiyanjana Maluwa holds the H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law at Pennsylvania State University School of Law. He previously worked as the Legal Counsel of the OAU (later African Union) and, subsequently, as the Legal Adviser to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior to joining the African Union, he was Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria. He has also taught in a full time capacity and as a visiting professor at other universities in Africa and North America, and spent a year (1989) as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
In 1997, he was asked by the United Nations to serve as the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Nigeria following the execution of the famed poet-activist Ken Saro Wiwa.
He is the author, editor or co-editor of a number
of books and has published extensively on various aspects of public international law and international organisations. His most recent book is Law, Politics and Rights: Essays in Memory of Kader Asmal (2013).
Since 2005, has been a member of the International Jury of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. In 2008 and 2009 he served as technical expert to the African Union High-Level Panel on Darfur, chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and co-edited the Panel’s report, Darfur: The Quest for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation.
In July 2015 he stepped down, after eight years in the position, as the founding director of the Penn State School of International Affairs, and as the Associate Dean for International Affairs of the Penn State Law School, a position he had occupied concurrently since 2005, to return to return to full-time faculty.
His teaching and research interests are in the elds of public international law, international human rights law, international criminal justice and international organisations.