Tendayi Achiume is Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, international migration, international criminal justice, and property. In 2016 she was appointed to co-chair the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. She is also a Research Associate with the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand.
Professor Achiume earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. While at law school, she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Development Studies from Yale. She served as Managing Editor of Submissions for the Yale Journal of International Law and was a recipient of the Fox International Fellowship, and the Howard M. Holtzmann Fellowship in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution.
Professor Achiume clerked for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Following her clerkships, she was awarded the Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship to work for the Refugee and Migrant Rights Project unit at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg. Professor Achiume also taught on the faculty of the International Human Rights Exchange Programme based at the University of the Witswatersrand. She then joined the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as a litigation associate. Immediately prior to her current appointment she was the second recipient of Binder Clinical Teaching Fellowship at UCLA School of Law.
Professor Achiume’s publications include: "The Fact of Xenophobia and the Fiction of State Sovereignty: A Reply to Blocher and Gulati," Columbia Human Rights Law Review Online (forthcoming 2017), “Syria and the Responsibility to Protect Refugees,” 100 Minnesota Law Review 687, (2015), and “Beyond Prejudice: Structural Xenophobic Discrimination Against Refugees," 45(2) Georgetown Journal of International Law 323 (2014).