Disability & Human Rights Fellowship Program

The Center's Disability & Human Rights Fellows Program, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations (OSF), brings attorneys from various parts of the world to AUWCL to engage in a specialized course of study focused on disability and human rights. This Fall, the Center is pleased to welcome the seventh cohort of Disability and Human Rights Fellows: Bernard Otieno & Bol G. Diing Bol. 

The program is the first of its kind, focused on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its integration into national and local law. AUWCL is one of five universities around the world participating in this program, which is now in its sixth year.

Meet Our Current Fellows

2016-2017 Fellows, Juan Pardo and Facundo Capurro Robles

Bol G. diing bul


Bol was born on May 25, 1986 in Bor Town, Jonglei State in Sudan (now South Sudan). He began his education in a remote village of Mathiang during the 21-year liberation war between North and South. After he successfully finished primary school level, Bol went to Uganda for search of quality education for his Ordinary and Advanced Certificates of Education. He joined and graduated from Uganda Christian University in 2012. Bol also holds a postgraduate certificate in child protection from Makerere University, Kampala – Uganda. Bol practiced law for 3 years as an Advocate in South Sudan before he moved to pro bono lawyering where he provided free legal aid to most vulnerable people under South Sudan Law Society’s “Access to Justice” project. Bol’s recent job was on a USAID funded Systems to Uphold Creditability and Constitutionality Elections in South Sudan (SUCCESS) where he engaged with CSO actors, community leaders and government officials on issues of good governance, rule of law, enhancement of human rights, accountability, peacebuilding and reconciliation. Bol currently pursues an LL.M in International Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law where he focuses on disability rights, international human rights and strategic litigation in human rights.

2016-2017 Fellows, Juan Pardo and Facundo Capurro Robles

Bernard Otieno


Bernard Otieno is Advocate of the High Court and Court of Appeal of Tanzania. In Tanzania, Bernard works (as a trainer) in the areas of good governance, prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV), human rights and gender equality, leadership and management of Non-profit organizations or non-governmental organizations (NPOs/NGOs), children’s rights and disability rights, legal and policy advocacy. He is a Co-founder & Executive Director of Himiza Social Justice which focuses on community empowerment and legal & policy advocacy. He also practices law with Rafiki Attorneys & Company Advocates as its Founder & Managing Partner. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree from the Open University of Tanzania, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (PGDL) from the Law School of Tanzania and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Iringa (formerly Tumaini University Iringa University College). He is currently enrolled for an LL.M. Program in International Legal Studies here at the American University’s Washington College of Law. Bernard is passionate about pro bono lawyering, international trade and investment and strategic human rights litigation.

Meet Our Past Fellows