Professor Nasila S Rembe

LLB (Hons); LLM; PhD
Director - OR Tambo Centre for Human Rights
UNESCO Oliver Tambo Centre for Human Rights
Telephone Number: 
+27 40 602 2604
Teaching Responsibilities: 

 Human Rights Law; Public International Law

Other Responsibilities:

UNESCO Chair, ‘Oliver Tambo’ Chair of Human Rights

Research Interests: 

Professor Rembe has researched and published in the field of international law, human rights, and law and development. His work, and that of the ‘Oliver Tambo’ Chair, has a strong focus on peace, social justice and development, empowerment of local communities to participate in governance and social development, including capacity to intervene in matters that affect their social and public life.


Nasila Rembe is a Professor of Law and currently the chair holder of UNESCO ‘Oliver Tambo’ Chair of Human Rights at the University of Fort Hare.  In this capacity, he is also the director of the ‘Oliver Tambo’ Human Rights Resource and Documentation Centre. The chair has become the focal point for organising and developing human rights education, training, research, documentation and networking within and without South Africa. It assists in the capacity-building and professional training of officials with special  responsibilities in human rights such as magistrates, law enforcement and correctional service personnel, national human rights institutions and NGO’s, leaders of traditional institutions and faith organisations, youth and educators, and civil society as a whole. In recognition of its work, the ‘Oliver Tambo’ Chair was recipient of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Award in 2002, and honorary Citizen of the City of Toledo, USA.
Professor Rembe graduated with a bachelor and master’s degree in law from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and PhD from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom, specialising in Public International Law. His academic record extends to over twenty years of university service in Africa and elsewhere. He has taught, among others, public international law; human rights; jurisprudence; comparative law; and law and development. In recognition of his expertise, Professor Rembe has been appointed to serve on a number of editorial boards and professional bodies. Among others, he served as a member of the International Jury for the award of the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights.
He was Rockefeller Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University in New York; Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio; North-South Dialogue Fellow at the Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Graz; Guest Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, Oslo.