Roland Adjovi

Assistant Professor, Historical and Political Studies

Easton Hall, Room 243 1 (215) 517-2689 08:15-13:00 (by appointment)

About Me

Roland Adjovi joined Arcadia University in September 2009 as the Resident Director for the Center in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania (East Africa). He earned his Maîtrise in Public Law from the University of Villetaneuse, his Maîtrise in Political Science from the University of Nanterre, his Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in African Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and his Diplôme de Troisième Cycle in human rights from the University of Nantes, all in France. He served as a Resident Scholar for The College of Global Studies in 2013-2014 and joined the Department of Historical & Political Studies on a full-time basis beginning in 2014.
Africa is the focus of Adjovi’s research, with an international law and conflict resolution perspective that combines his knowledge in political science and legal studies. Arcadia courses he teaches include Comparative Politics, the Politics of the Developing World, International Human Rights, International Law, Model United Nations, and Transitional Justice & Reconciliation. 
Before joining Arcadia University, Adjovi taught in Côte d’Ivoire and France mainly and lectured in other countries as well. He also worked as a jurist, assisting the judges in their mandate at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and assisting victims in cases before the International Criminal Court. He continues to work at the United Nations as an expert sitting on the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (2014-2017). Adjovi has also been the lead counsel for Rev. Mtikila before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, successfully litigating the issue of independent candidates in elections in Tanzania. He has recently represented the administration of the International Court of Justice in a labor dispute before the United Nations Appeals Tribunal. Adjovi also sits on editorial committees for the legal publications African Yearbook of International Law of the African Foundation for International Law and the International Legal Materials of the American Society of International Law.

Cotonou, Atlantique

Home Country

French, English


Co-Author 2016

Open Letter to the Government of the United States of America on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the opening of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility

Other, Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

Co-Authored with UN Various Special Procedures and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Co-Author 2016

Climate Change and Human Rights, Chapter 15. A Wider Human Rights Spectrum to Fight Climate Change in Africa?

Contribution to book, Routledge

Co-Authored with Ntoubandi, Faustin

Interviewee 2015

Interview on the Judgment of Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuela

Other, NTN24

Head of Delegation 2015

United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement at the conclusion of its follow-up visit to Malta (23 – 25 June 2015)

Other, United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Co-Authored with Andenas, Mads; De La Lama, Miguel; Zhen, Yiyao

Consultant Author 2015

Immunities in International Criminal Law: The Challenges from Africa

Research Paper, International Commission of Jurists, Kenya

Co-Authored with International Commission of Jurists, Kenya

Consultant Author 2014

La mise en oeuvre judiciaire du Statut de Rome en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)

Research Paper, Avocats sans Frontières

Co-Authored with Avocats sans Frontières

Author 2013

Introductory Note to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2093 on the Situation in Somalia

Article, International Legal Materials 52 (2013) 5, 1185-1195

Author 2013

Introductory Note to the Agreement on the Establishment of the Extraordinary African Chambers

Article, International Legal Materials 52 (2013) 4, 1020-1036

Author 2013

Kenya Withdrawal from ICC: A Symptom of Political Brainwash

E-publication, Jurist Forum