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Dr Jean Chrysostome Kiyala

Jean Chrysostome

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Management Sciences, International Centre of Nonviolence, ML Sultan Campus, Durban University of Technology, South Africa



Jean Chrysostome K. Kiyala is a Senior Lecturer at the International Centre of Nonviolence, in the Faculty of Management Sciences in Durban University of Technology in South Africa; Associate Professor at the University of Bandundu in the DR Congo; vising lecturer at the Evangelical University in Africa, and the Catholic University of Bukabu in the DR Congo. He holds Diplomas and BAs in Philosophy, Theology and Mission Studies from Tangaza College and the Pontifical Urbaniana University (Rome), a BA Honours in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, and an M Phil (2010) from the St Augustine College of South Africa; a conferred M Tech in Public Management—Peacebuilding Programme by DUT in 2012 and was awarded a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy, specializing in Public Administration—Peace Studies in 2016 from the same institution.



  • Responding to Epistemic Injustice against Child Soldiers. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 2021, 29(3), 662-700. doi:10.1163/15718182-29030006;
  • Dynamics of Child soldiers’ Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Well-being: Perspectives from Bioecological Systems Theory in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 2020, 52(3), 376-388. doi: 
  • Combining restorative justice and social justice: Prospects of child soldiering transitional justice. African Security Review, 2019, 27(3-4), 193-211. doi:10.1080/10246029.2018.1559868;
  • The impact of globalisation on child soldiering: challenges and opportunities in the context of the Democratic Republic of Congo. International Social Science Journal,2018, 66(221-222), 271-284. doi:10.1111/issj.12132 ;
  • Child Soldiers and Restorative Justice: Participatory Action Research in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (Cham ZG: Springer International Publishing, 2018). doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-90071-1;
  • Combining social justice with transitional and restorative justice: an agenda for an integrative justice model in transitional societies. In J. Evans (Ed.), Restorative justice and Transitional Justice: perspectives, progress and considerations for the future (pp. 82-177). (New York: Nova Publishers, 2017);
  • Reintegrating former child soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In S. Kaye & G. Harris (Eds.), Building Peace via Action Research: African Case Studies (pp. 223-236). (Addis Ababa: United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), 2017);
    Utilising a traditional approach to restorative justice in the reintegration of former child soldiers in the North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Africa Insight, 46(3), 33-50;
  • Challenges of reintegrating self-demobilised child soldiers in North Kivu Province: prospects for accountability and reconciliation via restorative justice peacemaking circles. Human Rights Review, 2015, 16(2), 99-122. doi:10.1007/s12142-015-0361-7;
  • Kiyala, J. C. K., & Afagbegee, G. L. (2008). Amos Programme: Bible sharing and social issues. In M. A. Adekambi (Ed.), Bible and Social Issues in Africa: Acts of the 6th Continental Workshop of Biblical Apostolate Coordinators in Africa, Dar Es Salaam, 30th July - 3rd August 2007 (pp. 87-102). Accra: Bicam Publications/Les Publications du Cebam.


Child soldiering, restorative justice, post-conflict reconciliation and nation-building, civil society and peacebuilding, peace ecology, African Alternative Dispute Resolution, transitional justice, practical theology and political philosophy
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