Michael Kalisa

Michael Kalisa

Legal Specialist
ABA - Rule of Law Initiative in Central African Republic

Michael Kalisa is a Rwandan lawyer and transitional justice expert. Over the last twenty years, Michael has worked to restore the rule of law in post-conflict countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Repatriating immediately after the Tutsi Genocide of 1994, Michael worked as a Special Assistant to the Prosecutor General of Rwanda, contributing to the rebuilding of criminal legal infrastructure and developing mechanisms to protect the rights of all citizens, including genocide victims and perpetrators. At the international level, Michael served five years on the prosecutorial team of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He is currently working as a Legal Specialist with the American Bar Association- Rule of Law Initiative in Central African Republic where he designs capacity building programs to improve the skills of local justice actors and promote responsive governance. Michael is co-founder of Protect Citizen, an organization which supports Rwandan’s rights to access justice. He’s also a criminal justice lecturer at ILPD, a post-graduate legal institute. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Government Law and Policy and a specialized certificate in Gender-based violence. He was a 2016 Transitional Justice Awards Fellow with the Australian Department of Defense.  

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