Francis Kaifala

Human Rights Scholar (Fall 2017)
Human Rights Scholars, Alumni
Francis Kaifala

Francis Kaifala is a Sierra Leonean student and Fulbright Scholar at Texas Law pursuing the LLM concentration in Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law. He has worked for 10 years as a corporate commercial lawyer and a strong advocate for human and socioeconomic rights reform. He has written several articles and social commentaries calling for reform which have appeared in national and international journals, magazines, and websites. He earned his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Sierra Leone, graduated from the Sierra Leone Law School, and was called to the Bar in 2007. He is also an alumnus of Queen Mary, University of London School of Law, where he earned the joint LLM in Law and Economics. His human rights work at the Sierra Leone Bar earned him several awards and recognitions including Young Lawyer of the Year 2015, Lawyer of the Year 2016, the Sierra Ovation Awards Top 100 Most Influential Sierra Leoneans 2016, Salone Times Newspaper Top 10 Sierra Leoneans in 2016, and Institute of Leadership’s Top 50 Young Sierra Leoneans 2017, among others. Upon graduation from UT, he hopes to return to his country and continue work as a lawyer and advocate for better socio-economic rights and social justice.