International Human Rights Lawyer (Barrister), Middle Temple, London, UK
Dr. Paul Komba is currently an international Human Rights lawyer (Barrister) with the Middle Temple, London, UK and a Senior Research Fellow in Law at Northumbria University (UK) where he works on data-driven approaches to gender-based human rights issues including FGM. He previously worked as a Law Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, the Law Faculty (Johannesburg) and the Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) and the Cambridge Centre for African Studies (CCAS). Dr Komba spent years on the legal institutional support for preventing violence against girls and women. He has since published a book entitled ‘Female Genital Mutilation Around the World: Medical Aspects, Law and Practice’ (Springer 2018). He has also authored a book chapter ‘The State of Data and Statistics in sub- Saharan Africa in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals’, in Anne Thurston (ed), A Matter of Trust: Building Integrity into Data, Statistics and Records in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals (The University of Chicago Press, 2020). Dr Komba has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles in practitioner and specialised academic journals. He has since 2010 been member of the FGM International Network, where he continues to share his professional experience how to use the law to promote gender equality and eradicate FGM. He is also a reviewer of the celebrated World Bank’s Compendium of International and National Legal frameworks on FGM.