Dickens Otieno Ochieng

John Ruggie Fellow, Africa

Dickens Otieno Ochieng joins Accountability Counsel in 2023 through Shiftproject’s John Ruggie Fellowship Program. He will work closely with the Communities Program to amplify the voices of communities harmed by internationally financed project.

Prior to this role, Dickens was a Research and Legal intern with Human Rights Watch, Africa Division, where he researched and monitored violence from military factions and militia groups against women and children in South Sudan. He also worked as a Research Assistant to the United Nations Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, where he helped conduct research on the intersection of fiscal policies, the environment and human rights.

Dickens completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 2023, where he served as a Law Review Editor with University of Nairobi Law Journal (UNLJ) and as an Undergraduate Researcher at the Committee on Fiscal Studies (CFS), working on tax and human rights related projects. He has also undertaken courses on human rights campaigns, tax payers’ rights, and recently on Business and Human Rights.

His other human rights experience includes volunteering as a coordinator with the Refugee Legal Network (RLN), where he mobilized over 50 volunteer law professionals and students who are providing pro-bono legal services to refugees in Kenya. He has also volunteered in public interest cases as a researcher, and has served as a moot court judge on human rights questions.