Ahmed Sirleaf
Photo by Dan Seipp of Con Tiempo

Ahmed K. Sirleaf II is a Program Associate in the International Justice program. A human rights advocate and scholar, Ahmed has a special interest in efforts to implement transitional justice initiatives in societies that have experienced severe violence. He holds an M.A. in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the University for Peace (United Nations mandated) in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a B.A. in Legal Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has studied at the International Center for Transitional Justice and New York University School of Law through their joint transitional justice Essentials Course. He has also studied at the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work and Human Ecology.

Ahmed has served as guest lecturer and co-taught courses in Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and the International Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution (IP/ADR) at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (Stanford Law) and the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, at the University of Minnesota. Ahmed speaks regularly in academic and other settings and has served as panelist and presenter on ADR, Transitional Justice, and the role of diasporas in peacebuilding. He has spoken before bodies such as the Minnesota State Bar Association’s ADR Section, the International Law Student Association’s 2006 Fall Conference at Hamline University School of Law, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR, in New York City.