Expert Profile

Dr Djacoba Liva Tehindrazanarivelo
Position(s) Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Madagascar and International Law Professor and Researcher

Dr. Tehindrazanarivelo has a high-level experience in the practice and teachings of international law and relations. As a practitioner, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar from January 2020 to August 2021. In this position, he participated in various high-level meetings of international organizations, among which the SADC’s Summit, Council of Ministers, and Organ on Politics, Defense and Security, on question of peace and security in Southern Africa, including terrorism. He also dealt with the challenges of peace and security in the Indian Ocean, within the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). A Foreign Minister during a very complex environment for international relations, he was involved in tough discussions with his fellow ministers and with ambassadors accredited in Madagascar to reconcile governmental travel and internal movement restrictions, on the one hand, and privileges and immunities of diplomats, on the other. This came along with international consultations on various issues relating to the international relations of Madagascar, such as refugee admissions, extradition request for authors of transnational traffic of natural resources and return of the seized resources, humanitarian cooperation, and the preservation of the foreign policy autonomy of Madagascar amid competing demands of its international partners. Before this governmental experience, he has been one of the appointed members of the France-Madagascar Mixed Claims Commission relating to the dispute over islands off the West coast of Madagascar (in November 2019) and, thus, involved in complex Track 1 diplomacy on a very sensitive issue relating to sovereignty and uncomplete decolonization process. He also conducted consultancies with various international organizations. On the academic setting and for the past 16 years, he has been teaching Public International Law, International Organizations, UN peace mechanism, human rights, conflict resolution, the Responsibility to protect, and the law and practices of law in Africa – at the Graduate Institute, Boston University Study Abroad Geneva, the Institute for Human Rights (Catholic University of Lyon) and at University of Geneva. M. Tehindrazanarivelo holds a PhD in International Relations (specialization ‘International Law’) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a Certificate of the Centre for Studies and Research of The Hague Academy of International Law, and a Maîtrise in Public Law and Political Science from the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. He is author of two books on the unintended effects of United Nations sanctions ( and on racism against migrants in Europe ( He has moreover co-edited four other books, and published articles on a variety of topics in International Law, African Union Law, peace and security, human rights, and the fight against impunity.

Participating in upcoming course/event
20 May 2022