Commissioner Andrew Ranganayi Chigovera is a lawyer by profession who holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Zambia and was called to the Zambian Bar in 1978. He also holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) Degree from Kings College, UK. He was admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe in 1981.
Currently, Commissioner Chigovera is a consultant and trainer in human rights, international humanitarian law, use of regional and international mechanisms in the protection of human rights, human rights treaty reporting and the role of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in the protection of human rights. He is also involved in the training of prosecutors and magistrates on their role in the protection and upholding of the rule of law and in particular the right to fair trial and prosecutorial governance. More recently, he was engaged by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) to develop a training curriculum for senior prosecutors of the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe and to facilitate the training thereof.
Commissioner Chigovera is the current Chairperson of the Governing Council of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), a regional NGO based in Banjul, The Gambia, established to promote, in cooperation with other African and international institutions, the observance of human and peoples’ rights and democratic principles throughout Africa.
Over the years, Commissioner Chigovera has carried out many human rights and other consultancies for international and regional institutions including the African Union, United Nations and the International Commission of Jurists and was also involved in various human rights training progarmmes with Universities of Pretoria, Oxford and Namibia. Among Commissioner Chigovera’s major consultants included the Mapping Exercise on the development of a Comprehensive Human Rights Strategy for Africa, the Development and conceptualization of a framework for a National White Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Namibia as well as drafting the requisite White Paper.
His professional experience include serving the government of Zimbabwe as Attorney-General (2000- 2003), Deputy Attorney-General (1989-2000), Acting Attorney-General (1987-1989), Director of Public Prosecutions (1984-1989). He also served as a Commissioner for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights ACHPR) (1999-2005), Member of United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Deputy Chief of Mission for the United nations Investigating Team to the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC)( 1987-1988), Consultant to the UN OCHA Office in Zimbabwe(October 2006- June 2007) and International Commission of Jurists(ICJ) consultancy on the drafting of the Practitioner’s Guide on Fair Trial in Africa.
Over the years, Commissioner Chigovera has developed expertise in criminal law, criminal justice polices, human rights and international humanitarian law. He has contributed immensely to the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights through introducing a feedback system on State reporting, spearheading development of jurisprudence on freedom of Expression in Africa, Prevention of Torture, protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of indigenous peoples in Africa, fair trial rights as well as drafting some of the key decisions for the African Commission.