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Bernadette Atuahene earned her JD from Yale and her MPA from Harvard and is now a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. She has written extensively about land issues and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the South African Land Claims Commission. She also directed and produced a short documentary film about one South African family’s struggle to regain their land, which was the official selection in several film festivals. She has been honored with the Fulbright Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relation’s International Affairs Fellowship, and Princeton’s Law and Public Affairs Fellowship. Her new book, We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program (Oxford University Press, 2014), is based on 150 interviews she conducted with South Africans dispossessed of their land by the colonial and apartheid governments and who received some form of compensation post-apartheid. We Want What’s Ours has had significant impact, which was made clear by Thami Mdontswa (South Africa’s Deputy Land Claims Commissioner) who said, “We have implemented at least 90% of [Atuahene’s] recommendations … we are very grateful for the book and the recommendations that she has made.”


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