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Daniel Ehighalua

Daniel Ehighalua

Legal and Advocacy Director

Daniel is the Legal and Advocacy Director of Rights and Security International. He is an international law and international criminal law scholar; a governance, conflict, national security, humanitarian and human rights expert. Prior to RSI, he was USAFRICOM Analyst (SME) with US Marine Corps University (Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning). As Africa’s regional expert, he took lead roles in designing, researching, and proffering solution-driven analysis to support efforts across the 5 USAFRICOM regional hubs.

As a human rights lawyer (now non-practicing) with several of legal aid solicitors' firms, he submitted representations on behalf of refugee claimants from Africa and the Middle East, seeking protection in the UK; including challenging adverse decisions before the tribunals, preparing appeals bundles, obtaining counsel’s opinion, and lodging judicial review applications. He has worked with NGOs/civil society organizations in Africa, Europe, and the United States on a range of issues; from the abolition of the death penalty and wrongful convictions, to strengthening the rule of law and justice sector reform. He served as Secretary of the Nigerian Coalition on the International Criminal Court (NCICC), a civil society organization working to promote the domestication of the Rome Statute in Nigeria and Africa.

He holds an LLM from Emory University, an Master of International Public Policy, from Johns Hopkins University, an MA from The Institute of World Politics, a PGD from Abo Akademi University, and a PGC from University of Bristol. He was a Draper Hills Summer Fellow, Stanford University, CDDRL and he is currently concluding his Doctor of Juridical Science at American University, Washington College of Law.