Swithin Munyantwali Esq. is the Head of Appleton Luff’s East African Office. He is admitted to practice in the US state of Pennsylvania. Born in the United Kingdom and educated in the United States, Mr Munyantwali combines local knowledge with an international legal and business perspective. He regularly advises international companies on matters related to their East African activities, and has served as an arbitrator in ICC and ICSID investment disputes.
Mr Swithin 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. He is an annual lecturer at the Loyola Law School LLM Pro Law Program in Rome.
Mr 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 (on whose Board he serves). Since its establishment 17 years 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), recently completed a project funded by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Central Bank of Lesotho to strengthen the Lesotho judiciary.
Mr Swithin Munyantwali serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Barclays Bank in Uganda. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and as the Chair of the Board Audit Committee. In addition, Mr. Munyantwali serves on the advisory boards of the New Markets Lab, Emerging and Frontier Markets Association, UNCTAD’s Dispute Resolution Program, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Bioterrorism Prevention Programme), the ABA-UNDP Advisory Board Centre and 32 Degrees East. Following an invitation of the Under-Secretary General of UN Habitat, he 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, Mr. Munyantwali served on its Informal Board of Experts Bioterrorism Prevention Program. He also serves as the Vice Chairman, Staff Appeals Tribunal at the East African Development Bank.
Mr. Munyantwali is also one of the first three recipients of the International Bar Association’s Fellowship for Innovation Award – which rewards proven thinkers who possess the talent, vision and judgment to articulate potential solutions to some of the most complex issues affecting the international community. He is a Member of the African Leadership Network, where he recently received an award recognizing the outstanding work of the International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence, in Africa.
Mr. Munyantwali has served as a Guest Professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology and the City University of Hong Kong Law School. He has lectured at Case Western Reserve Law School, University of Pacific McGeorge, the World Affairs Council in Sacramento, California, Peking University (School of Transnational Law) in Shenzhen, and the Mid Coast Forum on International Affairs in Camden, Maine. He is an annual lecturer at the Loyola Law School Masters (LLM) Pro Law Program in Rome.
St. Joseph’s University (B.Sc Criminal Justice)(1988)
Juris Doctor , Case Western Reserve Law School (1992)
Masters in International Law (LLM), at Georgetown University Law Centre (1993)