Dr Satang Nabaneh

Dr Satang Nabaneh

ISLA Panel of Experts

Dr Satang Nabaneh is the Director of Program at the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center, Ohio, USA. She is a Gambian feminist legal scholar and human rights practitioner, and a member of ISLA’s Panel of Experts. Her expertise spans international human rights law and monitoring mechanisms; human rights in Africa, gender equality and women’s rights, democratization in Africa, and comparative constitutionalism. Dr. Nabaneh has substantial experience conducting research including systematic desk reviews and rigorous interdisciplinary field research in multiple countries. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic publications such as the Health and Human Rights Journal, International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, African Disability Rights Yearbook, Constitutions of the World, and the yearly I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law.

She is a post-doctoral fellow and held the position of Manager of the Masters, and Doctorate in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa (SRRA) Academic Program at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the University of Bergen’s Centre on Law and Social Transformation in Norway.

She previously worked with the Women’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights where she was responsible for providing technical support to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). In this role, she was part of processes for the development of human rights norms and standards on women’s rights in Africa including conductive formative research and drafting of general comments, in relation to HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights, child marriage, and property rights of women. She also has extensive experience training government and civil society actors in a range of countries.

She co-founded a national women’s organization, Think Young Women; and launched Law Hub Gambia to harness legal scholarship and promote inclusive policies in development processes in The Gambia. She has also served as a consultant and expert for UNDP, UNFPA, IRI, UNOWA, International IDEA, ISLA, RFSU, Gambian Government, national NGOs, and others.

Dr Nabaneh holds a doctorate and master’s degree in law from the University of Pretoria and a bachelor’s degree from the University of The Gambia.