Jude Mutah is a program assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to joining USIP, Jude worked for the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. as a contractor. He also worked for the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars in the District of Columbia where he conducted in-depth research on conflict management and peacebuilding in Africa, and also provided support for research fellow Dr. James Schear, among other topics.

Jude is also a founder of the JM Foundation for Youth Advocacy, a not-for-profit and charitable organization that works to provide support to young people, underprivileged and orphans in Africa, starting from Cameroon. In this role, he leads the development and execution of humanitarian activities that have so far benefited at least 30 young people, including orphans and the underprivileged in Cameroon.

His research interest is rule of law, and specifically, the role of transitional justice systems in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and has published research papers on conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Cameroon.

Jude holds a Licence en Droit from Yaoundé University in Cameroon; Master of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel, Switzerland; and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Publications By Jude

After Election, Cameroon’s Governance Crisis Continues

After Election, Cameroon’s Governance Crisis Continues

Monday, December 17, 2018

By: Aly Verjee; Jude Mutah

Eighty-five-year-old Paul Biya, president of Cameroon since 1982, was sworn in for his seventh term in office on November 6, after complaints arising from multiple allegations of electoral irregularities in polls held a month earlier were dismissed by Cameroon’s constitutional court. An intercommunal crisis in Cameroon has seen violence increase substantially since 2017, and the conduct of these elections—which saw a partial boycott—has added to grievances. In this analysis of the official election results, USIP’s Aly Verjee and Jude Mutah examine the data, and discuss the prospects for Cameroon after the election.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance; Electoral Violence

Cameroon’s Anglophone Uprising: A Crisis Overlooked

Cameroon’s Anglophone Uprising: A Crisis Overlooked

Thursday, October 4, 2018

By: USIP Staff; Oge Onubogu ; Jude Mutah

The African nation of Cameroon has lived for years between the fires of civil warfare—in Nigeria to the west and the Central African Republic to the east. But the authoritarian regime of President Paul Biya for years has suppressed peaceful and moderate dissidence, violating citizens’ human rights with impunity, helping ignite an armed conflict with members of Cameroon’s anglophone minority.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

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