Dr. Uchenna Emelonye currently serves as the Country Representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda.
Prior to his current position, Uchenna served as Senior Human Rights Adviser to the United Nations Country Team in Kenya. His prior assignments included heading the Governance, Institutional and Justice Reform Division of the International Development Law Organization in Rome, and serving as a Judicial Affairs Officer of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, Sudan. He also served as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Pristina, Kosovo, and the United Nations Advance Mission in Sudan, as well as Chief-of-Party of RCN Justice & Démocratie in Brussels and Rule of Law Coordinator of the International Rescue Committee in New York.
In addition to his CEU MA in Human Rights Law (LL.M.), Uchenna holds a doctorate degree in Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Helsinki Finland, as well as a master's degree in law (LL.M.) and a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) from Nigeria's Abia State University.
In 1995 Uchenna was admitted a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1995. Amongst numerous peer reviewed articles, Uchenna has authored and contributed chapters to eight books in the field of human rights, protection and rule of law. Uchenna is married to Dr. Abigail Emelonye and they are blessed with three children, Uchenna, Uchechi and Ucheoma.