Blaise-Pascal Ntirumenyerwa Mihigo

Faculty of Law and Criminology, Department of European, Public and International Law
Expertise: International and African Environmental and Biodiversity Law, International Climate Change and Forest Law, Public International Law.

Prof. Dr. Blaise-Pascal Ntirumenyerwa Mihigo is a professor of international environmental law, international cooperation law, international humanitarian law, international organizations law, constitutional law, economic law and international law at the University of Kinshasa and three others Universities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2016.

He is also a voluntary postdoc researcher at the Department of European, Public and International Law of Ghent University. In 2018 he received a fund for  a short research stay at Ghent University,  granted by the Global Minds Funds of the Flemish Federal Government in partnership with the VLIRUOS. He was invited as a guest lecturer in the course of International and European environment law (Prof. Dr. An Cliquet) to give a lecture on Waste regulations in Africa (plastic pollution in Africa: legal instruments and challenges for their implementation).

He holds a Master in International Law (University of Kinshasa) in 2008. In 2016, he became Doctor of Law on the subject of “Legal optimization of Payment for Environmental Services in the Congo Basin: the case of Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. An Cliquet. During his doctoral research, he did several field researches, interviews and internships at the Ministry of Environment, the World Bank, the National Coordination of REDD+ and the Centre for Environment and Development in Cameroon and the DRC.  His doctoral research was partly funded by two BOF scholarships.

His research is situated in the field of international, African and national environmental, climate change, forest and biodiversity law. His ongoing research include plastic pollution in Africa, protected areas in the DRC (mainly the Virunga Park), payment for ecosystem services in Africa and the Congo Basin, sustainable management of Congo Basin Forests and the implementation of the sustainable development goals in the Congo Basin. He is supervising research on the implementation of civil and political rights, sustainable development goals, plastic pollution, protection of the Virunga Park, the protection of climate refugees, management of water resources in the Congo Basin and sanctions in international law. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law, especially as an expert in the Climate Change Team. He is also involved in several NGOs focused on human rights, sustainable development, health and the protection of biodiversity and environment in the DRC, as legal advisor, founder or head of the scientific committee.