My name is Chikosa Banda. I am a Law Lecturer in the University of Malawi: Chancellor Colllege. I teach human rights and environmental law. My interest are:
Human rights law, human rights dimensions of environmental management, globalisation and human rights, access to justice, judicial review and democratic accountability, modern biotechnology and human rights, Health and human rights.
SELECT RESEARCH AND PAPERS.
October 2004 - Present: Working on the ‘Biodiversity, Modern Biotechnology Lobbying Project. Specifically working on the theme “ Modern Biotechnology and Food security in Malawi.”
Robert Lewis-Lettington and Chikosa Banda, “A Survey of Policy and Practice on the Use of Access to Medicines – Related TRIPs Flexibilities in Malawi, (DFID – September , 2004). (The paper can be accessed on the following website: http: //www.dfidhealthrc.org/Shared/publications/Issues_papers/ATM/Lettington.pdf
“Current State of Environmental Law in Malawi,” ( Paper Presented at the Symposium for Environmental Law Lecturers from African Universities, Nakuru : Kenya 29 September –2 October 2004).
July 2004-August 2004: Worked on the review of the Environment Management Act with a view to harmonising it with sectoral legislation and policy (Project Commissioned by the Environmental Affairs Department and UNEP).
March 2004- April 2004: “ Access to Medicines. The willingness and ability of non-producing countries to use the TRIPS flexibilities- A country case study of Malawi (The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID): DFID Health and Health Systems Resource Centres).
“Central Issues in Malawian Modern Biotechnology Law and Policy” (Paper presented at a National Biotechnology Stakeholders Workshop, 17 July 2003).
2003- Legal framework for phase out of methyl bromide in the tobacco industry in Malawi (in progress), Environmental Affairs Department, Malawi Government.
2003-. Environmental Accountability in Africa: Rural Voices, Legislative Representation and the Environment, 2002, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC Legislative Representation and the Environment (Under team leader G.Z. Banda).
June 2003: Report of Summary of Findings of the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Committee of The National Assembly on Bill No.2 of 2003: Consumer Protection Bill – (Presented to Chairman- Commerce, Industry and Tourism Committee –National Assembly). Subcontracted by Associate Professor Ephraim Chirwa.
June to September 2002 DFID Research project on access to appropriate and expeditious justice in the lower courts of Malawi: “The interface and interaction between customary law and constitutional values in the lower courts, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the lower courts.”
April 2001: “The right to development, the quality of rural life, and performance of legislative duties, during Malawi’s first five years of multi-party politics.” (Academic research funded by the Government of Malawi/ European Union Rule of Law Programme).
January 1999 to March 1999, Participated in a project on judicial training in human rights for lower court magistrates in Malawi: Magistrates Court Needs Assessment Survey (Commissioned by INTERIGHTS/Malawi CARER). Acted as resource person in the training.
June to September 1998:“Transnational Corporations and Respect for Fundamental Worker Rights in Developing Countries: Limits of the ILO/WTO Response.” (Thesis presented to the University of Essex in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Laws.)
March 1998: “Domestic Implementation of International Human Rights Standards: The Role and Response of Judges in the New Malawi.”-(Research Paper- University of Essex).
May 1998: “Limits of the Right to Know the Reasons for Administrative Action” (Public Law Research Paper- University of Essex).
1994 to 1995 “The Law and Job Security in Malawi.” (Dissertation presented to the University of Malawi in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honours).