Niger – COI

Dr Virginie Baudais


Dr Virginie Baudais is a senior researcher with expertise in the Sahel and West Africa. She worked for two United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, as a Political Officer and she is currently conducting field research in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Her expertise includes development, governance, humanitarian protection and security in the central Sahel.

Dr Benjamin N. Lawrance

Professor of History at the University of Arizona


Benjamin N. Lawrance is the former Conable Chair in International Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently a professor of history at the University of Arizona.He has conducted field research in West Africa since 1997 and published extensively about political and social conditions. He has served as an expert witness in the asylum cases for over 130 West Africans in the US, Europe and Canada which have involved human trafficking, citizenship, statelessness, female genital cutting, gender issues, gender identity, ethnic and religious violence, and witchcraft accusations.

Slavery in Niger

1. The Guardian, “Court finds Niger guilty of slavery in landmark decision,” by Xan Rice, dated 27/10/2008 see [Accessed 4/11/2008]
2. New York Times, “Court Rules Niger Failed by Allowing Girl’s Slavery,” by Lydia Polgreen, dated 27/10/2008 see [Accessed 4/11/2008].
3. The Guardian, “Niger guilty in landmark slavery case,” by Peter Walker, dated 28/10/2008 see [Accessed 4/11/2008].
4. The Guardian, “Landmark court case in Niger gives hope to thousands held in slavery,” by Peter Beaumont and Alexander Carnwath dated 26/10/2008 see [Accessed 4/11/2008].