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Professor Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa holds a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi. Currently, he holds a full professorship at the University of Cape Town. Over the last 14 years, Prof Chirwa has taught Administrative Law, International Human Rights, Children's Rights, and Constitutional Law. He has played a key role in curriculum development and the administration of the human rights postgraduate programmes and has gained considerable experience as a postgraduate supervisor at both the LLM and doctoral levels.

Further information on Prof Chirwa's achievements is available here.


(a selection of recent publications)

Foreword: Chuma Himonga as an African Socio-Legal Scholar, Mentor and Teacher

DM Chirwa

Acta Juridica 2023 (1), xiii-xvi


The Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Public Health Emergencies

R Habibi, L Bottini Filho, J Bueno de Mesquita, GL Burci, L Cabal, ...

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No.14/2023


The WHO’s 75th anniversary: WHO at a pivotal moment in history

LO Gostin, DM Chirwa, H Clark, R Habibi, B Kümmel, J Mahmood, ...

BMJ global health 8 (4), e012344


Access to the internet as a human right

DM Chirwa, DO Oriakhogba

The Internet, Development, Human Rights and the Law in Africa, 23-52


The Internet, Development and Human Rights in Africa: Reflections and Insights

CB Ncube, DM Chirwa

The Internet, Development, Human Rights and the Law in Africa, 217-227


The internet, development, human rights and the law in Africa

DM Chirwa, CB Ncube, eds

Taylor & Francis


The Internet, Development and Human Rights in Africa: Introduction

DM Chirwa, CB Ncube

The Internet, Development, Human Rights and the Law in Africa, 1-22


Constitutions without Constitutionalism, Government without Governance: Critique and Hope for Malawi

DM Chirwa

Journal of Southern African Studies 48 (6), 1119-1128


Travel restrictions and variants of concern: global health laws need to reflect evidence

BM Meier, JB de Mesquita, GL Burci, D Chirwa, S Dagron, ...

Bulletin of the world health organization 100 (3), 178


The Stellenbosch Consensus on the International Legal Obligation to Collaborate and Assist in Addressing Pandemics

D Chirwa



Economic, social and cultural rights, sustainable development goals, and duties of corporations: rejecting the false dichotomies

D Chirwa, N Amodu

Business and Human Rights Journal 6 (1), 21-41


The Stellenbosch consensus on legal national responses to public health risks: clarifying article 43 of the International health regulations

R Habibi, SJ Hoffman, GL Burci, TC de Campos, D Chirwa, M Cinà, ...

international organizations law review 19 (1), 90-157


The stellenbosch consensus on the international legal obligation to collaborate and assist in addressing pandemics: clarifying article 44 of the international health regulations

MM Cinà, SJ Hoffman, GL Burci, TC de Campos, D Chirwa, S Dagron, ...

international organizations law review 19 (1), 158-187


Constitutional rights, horizontality, and the Ugandan Constitution: An example of emerging norms and practices in Africa

DM Chirwa, C Mbazira

International Journal of Constitutional Law 18 (4), 1231-1253


Solidarity in the wake of COVID-19: reimagining the International Health Regulations

AL Taylor, R Habibi, GL Burci, S Dagron, M Eccleston-Turner, LO Gostin, ...

The Lancet 396 (10244), 82-83


Do not violate the International Health Regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak

R Habibi, GL Burci, TC De Campos, D Chirwa, M Cinà, S Dagron, ...

The Lancet 395 (10225), 664-666


role of law in the reduction of rural poverty: towards leveraging legal frameworks

DM Chirwa, M Vidar, S Yeshanew

FAO Legal Papers (FAO) eng no. 105


The Stellenbosch Consensus on Legal National Responses to Public Health Risks (preprint)

R Habibi, S Hoffman, GL Burci, TC de Campos, D Chirwa, M Cinà, ...


Guarding the guardians: a critical appraisal of the protocol to the African charter on the rights of older persons in Africa

DM Chirwa, CI Rushwaya

Human Rights Law Review 19 (1), 53-82


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, economic, social and cultural rights and human rights discourse

DM Chirwa

Contemporary Human Rights Challenges, 183-193