Department of Political Science

Chiseche S. Mibenge

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Phone number: (347) 577-4037
Rank: Assistant Professor

Academic Background

Dr. Chiseche Mibenge graduated from the University of Zambia’s School of Law and was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Zambia. Her interest in international law began with her volunteer work for a Lusaka based refugee project interviewing Congolese and Rwandans seeking refugee status and services from UN agencies. She pursued a Masters in the International Protection of Human Rights from the University of Utrecht’s School of Law and as a graduate student interned with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Trial Chambers in The Hague. She defended her PhD dissertation ‘Show me a Woman! Narratives of Gender and Violence in Human Rights Law and Processes of Transitional Justice’ with the University of Utrecht. The field work for this research was conducted in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Research and Publications

  • Dr. Mibenge’s research has focused on ad hoc international criminal tribunals and the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Her book Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender from the War narrative'ar Story’ was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2013. Recent publications include:
  • Mibenge, C., Investigating Outcomes of a Limited Gender Analysis of Enslavement in Post conflict Justice Processes, JOURNAL OF PEACEBUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT 5:3, 2011.
  • Mibenge, C. Violence against Women in Mainstream Policy and Practice: A Study of Five Field Practices, Report for Buitenlandse Zaken/The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Development Policy Review Network, 2011.
  • Mibenge, C., Gender, Ethnicity and Exclusion: The Right to a Remedy for Victims of Wartime Rape, in ed. Joaquín González Ibáñez, PROTECCIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE DERECHOS HUMANOS Y ESTADO DE DERECHO, 2010.


Dr. Mibenge joined CUNY in Fall 2010 and introduced two courses: International Law (POL 344) and Human Rights (POL 339). Both courses address the interface between international, regional and domestic actors in enforcing international norms. Contemporary cases such as The Embassy of Peru/Julian Assange v. UK (2012) and Colombia  v Peru (International Court of Justice 1950) are juxtaposed in order that students address issues such as: the human right(?) to political asylum; state obligations to fulfill consular responsibilities; state sovereignty and comity between nations. She also teaches Politics and Culture (POL 266) and applies intersectional feminist theory to students’ exploration of gender, race and sexuality in interdisciplinary texts, including Junot Diaz ‘Drown’ and Joan Wallach Scott’s ‘The Politics of the Veil’. She has been invited as a guest speaker/panelist by various institutions, including: the NYU Faculty Resource Network (in Puerto Rico and New York), Maryland Women’s Correctional Institute, Georgetown University School of Law, Cornell’s Institute for African Development and the LSE Center for Human Rights.

Last modified: Sep 9, 2013

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