Vincent Nmehielle

Vincent O. Nmehielle

Legal Counsel, Director for Legal Affairs at African Union

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P.O. Box 5846, New York City, New York, United States
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General Information


Professor of Law  - University of the Witwatersrand

Principal Defender  - United Nations-Backed Special Court

Barrister and Solicitor  - Supreme Court of Nigeria

Principal Defender of the Special Court for Sierra Leone  - Special Court

Professorial Lecturer In Law At Human Rights Program  - George Washington University


Bachelor of Laws  - 

Bachelor of Laws degree  - Rivers State University of Science & Technology , Port Harcourt

LLM degree  - International Human Rights Law , University of Notre Dame

PHD  - George Washington University Law School


Board Member  - Cultural Survival Inc

Recent News  

Briefing to the Peace and Security Council on the Legal process for membership of the African Union by Prof Vincent O. Nmehielle, the Legal Counsel and Director for Legal Affairs ;

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Members of the African Union recently adopted a proposal presented by Kenya and Sudan about the withdrawal from the international criminal court by its members.CCTV's Girum Chala Sat down with Vincent Nmehielle, the African Union's legal counsel and asked him about the AU standing on this matter and the trial of former Ivoirian president Laurent Gbagbo.

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African Union director of legal affairs Vincent Nmehielle said the international body singles out African nations as the weakest in the world.
"The African Union … deserves the right to enact its own international law," he said, adding, "We know the skewed nature of international criminal justice, the powerful versus the weak, and justice is only such that serves the powerful and not the weak."

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