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Ms Jessie Chella

Name: Dr Jessie Chella

Position: Deputy Head of School – Emalus Campus

Phone Number: +22748 ext 126


Office Location: School of Law Wing – Emalus Campus, Vanuatu


Dr. Jessie Chella worked with USP at Emalus Campus from July 2013 until December 2014, following which, she moved overseas and taught as an Online Course Coordinator from February 2015 until December 2017, and then returned to Emalus Campus in January 2018. Currently, Jessie teaches Special Topic in International Criminal Law. Previously, she taught Criminal Law and Procedure (domestic), Law of Contract, Legislation, and Graduate Research Methodologies for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prior to arriving at USP, Jessie taught, at Bond University, Corporations Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Business Associations, Business Law, Australian Legal System, Law and Society, Criminological Research Methods, and Global Criminology. In addition, she held casual research positions with Bond University and Curtin University.

Aside from academia, Jessie worked in risk management in the banking sector in Zimbabwe. While in Zimbabwe, she also held senior management roles developing radio, television and press campaigns for corporates in the media sector. Overseas, her work experience included legal clerkships and administrative roles obtained from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (The Netherlands), Graham & Associates (Australia), and Clayton Utz (Australia).

Jessie is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia (2004). In addition, she is admitted as an Assistant to Counsel eligible to assist Defence Counsel and Legal Representatives of Victims at the International Criminal Court in The Netherlands (2011).

Research Interests:

  • Learning and Teaching Pedagogy
  • International Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Human Rights
  • Natural Resource Management

Current Research:
In progress - ‘Corporate Complicity in International Crimes: A Review of the Malabo Protocol Provisions for the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.’ (Reviewed, final draft pending).


Joseph D. Foukona, Morsen Mosses, Sofia S. Shah and Jessie Chella, ‘Curriculum alignment: A legal experience’, Directions: Journal of Educational Studies - Special issue “Aligning the Faculty Curricula: Pedagogy in Process” (Forthcoming 2020, USP, Fiji).

Jessie Chella, The Complicity of Multinational Corporations in International Crimes: An Examination of Principles (2014, Scholars’ Press, Germany).

Laurence Boulle and Jessie Chella, ‘Joining the BRICs - The Case of South Africa’ in Mary Hiscock and Vai lo Lo (eds), The Rise of the BRICS: Changing Paradigms for the Global Political Economy (2014, Edward Elgar Publishing, The Netherlands).

Eric Colvin and Jessie Chella, ‘Multinational Corporate Complicity - A Challenge for International Criminal Justice in Africa’ in Vincent O. Nmehielle (ed), Africa and the Future of International Criminal Justice (2012, Eleven International Publishing, The Netherlands).

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