Reparations &
Healing Convening

Dr. Liliane Umubyeyi

Co-Founder & Co-Director of the African Futures Action Lab

Liliane Umubyeyi is a Rwandan and Belgian citizen. She is co-founder and co-director of the African Futures Action Lab (AfaLab), an organization whose mission is to develop and circulate knowledge and strategies between activists, researchers, and policymakers pursuing racial justice and the recognition of the enduring effects of colonialism and slavery in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Prior to establishing AfaLab, Liliane worked in the field of international development (United Nations, United Nations Development Program, International Centre for Transitional Justice, Lawyers without Borders, and the American Bar Association) on projects concerning access to justice for marginalized groups, transitional justice, and gender justice. This professional background and her lived experience in Africa (Rwanda, South Africa, Central African Republic) and in Europe (Belgium, France) inform her thinking about the decolonization of development policy and practice, the decolonization of international law and justice systems, and the possibilities for repairing historical and contemporary racial violence. Liliane holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Ecole Normale Sup√©rieure de Cachan (France) and in Law from the Universit√© Saint Louis Bruxelles (Belgium), and her disseration focused on apartheid victims’ mobilizations in South African and American courts