Ibrahima Kane heads the Africa Union Advocacy Program. Kane is qualified as a lawyer in Senegal and France. Prior to joining the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa in 2007, he was a senior lawyer in charge of the Africa program at INTERIGHTS for 10 years.
A founding member of RADDHO, a Senegalese human rights organization, Kane directed a human rights program that focused on public education and women’s human rights in five West African countries—Cape Verde, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, and Senegal—for six years.
He has particular interest in economic, social, and cultural rights; women’s rights; and the pursuit of justice through regional and international mechanisms. Kane has collaborated very closely with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union Commission for the last eight years. He is an author of a number reports on the Africa Union, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, and the protection of human rights by Regional Economic Communities bodies. He has also been an associate lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Essex since 2005.