Yash Pal Ghai
(born 1938, Nairobi
) is a scholar in constitutional law
. As of 2007 he is the head of the Constitution Advisory Support Unit of the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal. Until 2008, he was a Special Representative of the UN
Secretary General in Cambodia on human rights. In September 2008, he resigned his post, following bitter arguments with the Government of Cambodia. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2005.
He was the Sir YK Pao Professor of Public Law
at the University of Hong Kong
starting in 1989. He has been an Honorary Professor there since his retirement in 1995. Prior to that, Ghai taught and did research in law at the University of Warwick
, Uppsala University
in Sweden, the International Legal Center
in New York
, and Yale Law School
. He has also taught courses at the University of Wisconsin Law School
, as part of an exchange program.He was the Chairman of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (which attempted to write a modern constitution
for Kenya) from 2000 to 2004.
Ghai has also advised and assisted NGOs on human rights law-related work. He drafted the Asian Human Rights Charter—A People's Charter, a project of the Asian Human Rights Commission
His grandparents came from North India, and were part of the waves of migration sponsored by the British Empire. His father sent Ghai to Oxford to study.
Ghai has written several books on law in Africa
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