Joseph Mbangu, LLM
Joseph Mbangu was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where he studied law at the Catholic University of Bukavu and the University of Lubumbashi. Joseph earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Trade Law from the University of Arizona Law School where he wrote his thesis on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and its effects on textiles issuing from sub-Saharan Africa. Upon moving to New York in 2007, he worked as a consultant and counsel with various law firms, NGOs and international organizations. He is an accomplished speaker, holding dozens of engagements across the US on the conflict and post-conflict situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa. He has been a featured participant in many forums on issues related to the ongoing crisis in the DRC with a focus on the field of human rights law, especially as it pertains to the Great Lakes region, addressing topics concerning gender based violence, the use of child soldiers and the linkages between the illegal exploitation of minerals in the DRC and funding to fuel conflict in the region. He conducted a very successful awareness campaign about sexual violence with documentary film director Lisa F. Jackson promoting her film The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, including facilitating the screening of the film in DRC. Joseph constantly advocates and gives a voice for sustainable peace in the Great Lakes region of Africa through development and economic empowerment.