Ms. Nicole Kaneza

Strategic Litigation Manager for Avocats Sans Frontières Regional Office (East Africa)

Nicole currently serves as the Strategic Litigation Manager for Avocats Sans Frontières Regional Office (East Africa) based in Kampala where her focus is on civic space and extractive industries. She earned her law degree at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and an LL.M degree in Public International Law at the University of California Berkeley.

After practicing in the private sector as an in-house lawyer in banking and financial law, she pursued another career path. She worked as a researcher at the Human Rights Center of the University of California Berkeley Law School, where her focus was on the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes in international law. She was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. She has also served in various capacities in organizations involved in the representation of asylum seekers in Paris. She is from Burundi and is currently a member of the New York Bar

1100 - 1300

Friday 7th July 2023 Conference Day 2

Stream 2 – Section on Legal Practice

Venue: Lion Hall

Protecting and promoting civic space in Africa: the role and experiences of the legal profession

Sponsored by Avocats Sans Frontières- East Africa (ASF)

Moderator: Adv. Nicole KANEZA, Strategic Litigation Manager, Avocats Sans Frontières- East Africa


  • Adv. Arthur NSEREKO, Chief Executive Officer, Network of Public Interest Lawyer Uganda (NETPIL)
  • (Mr.) Justice Alfred MAVEDZENGE - Senior Legal Advisor/Programs Director, Africa Judges and Jurists Forum (AJJF)
  • Adv. Arnold TSUNGA, Principal Managing Partner, Tsunga Law International Inc
  • Adv. Chikondi CHIJOZI, Criminal Justice Lead, Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)

UNESCO launch on the Global Media Defence Fund (Virtual)