Working group members


Richard Calland is the Programme Director of the Economic Governance Programme at Idasa. He is also Associate Professor in Public Law and Director of the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town. He specializes in the law and practice of the right to access to information and whistleblowing protection; in administrative justice and public ethics; and in constitutional design – largely derived from his work as programme manager of the Political Information & Monitoring Service at Idasa which he led from its inception in 1995 until 2003.

In South Africa, he writes a fortnightly political column for the Mail and Guardian newspaper, 'Contretemps'. Before coming to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law at the London Bar.



PhD candidate at the African Studies Center (ASC) of Leiden in the Netherlands, Miss Fatima Diallo holds a masters degree in public law and a professional masters in cyberspace law. She is preparing her thesis on “Constitutionalism and Law movements in Africa. Reflexivity of Rule of Law in Senegalese information society: Casamance case study”. Before join the ASC, she worked with the Afrobarometer Senegalese team on political and economical governance issues and participated in many activities of the Council for Development of Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA).

Having previously worked on constitutional law and the Rule of Law in Senegal, she is a member of the Coordination committee       of the African Network of Constitutional Law (ANCL). At the ANCL, she joined the leadership of the working group on Access to Information. She is also an associate member of the African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP) and member of the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). Fatima teaches legal methodology and public law in the faculty of Law of Ziguinchor University and supervises at the French speaker university agency (AUF) and Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis master of African cyberlaw. Generally, she is interested in the legal and political stakes of the construction of the information society with a focus on issues relating to the impact of information and communication technologies on public space, electoral process, democratic governance and Rule of Law in Africa.


Richard Calland Research  - public law South Africa 
Fatima Diallo  Research - legal anthropology Senegal 
Colin Darch Research - socio-economic studies South Africa 
Jonathan Klaaren Research -public law South Africa
Chris Mhike  Lawyer in practice Zimbabwe
Cesaire Kpenonhoun Reseach - administrative law Benin
Martin Pascal Time  Research - International law Senegal 
Edwin Abuya   Research- Human Rights  Kenya
 Matilda Lasseko  Activist - Human Rights   Kenya
 Sheriff Sy  Activist - Communications and Press  Burkina Faso
 Hameye Cisse  Activist - Communications and Press  Mali
 Morayo Adebayo  Lawyer in Practice  Nigeria
 Fola Adekele  Research - Private Law  Nigeria/South Africa 
 Mohamed Jebbour  Research - African studies   Morocco
 Azizou Chabi Imorou  Research - political anthropology  Benin/Niger