Swithin Munyantwali

Vice Chairman and Co-Founder, International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (Washington, D.C.)

Swithin Munyantwali is the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE), an affiliate of the International Law Institute, in Washington, DC.  Since its establishment two decades ago, Mr. Munyantwali has led the operations of the Centre serving a broad constituency of sub-Saharan African governments, private and non-governmental organizations through technical assistance and training. The ILI-ACLE is Africa’s premier legal infrastructure development institution. Under Mr. Munyantwali’s leadership, ILI-ACLE has successfully implemented significant rule of law assignments in over 35 countries throughout the African region. The Institute has been engaged by major bilateral and multilateral donors and regional governments to implement a portfolio of projects including: court restructuring and upgrading, procurement reform, drafting of commercial laws, parliamentary strengthening, and various capacity building activities. The Centre, which has a Southern Africa office (in the Kingdom of Lesotho), completed an initiative funded by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Central Bank of Lesotho to strengthen the Lesotho judiciary.

Munyantwali is the Head of Appleton Luff’s East African Office. Appleton Luff is an international boutique law firm separately incorporated in Europe, Asia, the United States, and Africa. He is admitted to practice in the US state of Pennsylvania. A dual national of Uganda and United Kingdom (born in Scotland, Edinburgh), Mr. Munyantwali combines local knowledge with an international legal and business perspective and advises international companies on matters related to their East African activities. Munyantwali has served as an arbitrator under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, and currently the World Bank International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – all in major investor state disputes.

Munyantwali has served as a Guest Professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology, as well as the City University of Hong Kong Law School. He has also lectured at Case Western Reserve Law School, University of Pacific McGeorge, the World Affairs Council in Sacramento, California, and Peking University (School of Transnational Law) in Shenzhen. Munyantwali is an adjunct lecturer at the Loyola Law School Masters in Law (LLM) Pro Law Program in Rome. Munyantwali has spoken at the Maine and Kreisky Forum’s in Camden Maine, and Vienna respectively.

Munyantwali serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Barclays Bank in Uganda. He previously served as the Chairman of the Bank’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and as the Chair of the Board Audit Committee. In addition, Munyantwali serves on the Board of the International Law Institute in Washington, DC, and chairs or serves on a number of international advisory boards.  Following an invitation of the Under-Secretary General of UN Habitat, Munyantwali served on a Special Committee counseling the agency on pro-poor housing investment initiatives in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. At the request of the Secretary General of Interpol, Munyantwali served on its Informal Board of Experts Bioterrorism Prevention Program. Munyantwali serves as the Chairman, Staff Appeals Tribunal at the East African Development Bank.

Munyantwali holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Jospeh’s University, a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Masters in International and Comparative Law, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Munyantwali is a member of the Cosmos Club, in Washington, DC.