Usta Kaitesi is the Principal of the University of Rwanda College of Arts and Social Sciences. She previously served as a faculty member, the acting vice-dean for postgraduate studies and consultancy, the head of the department of Public Law and the deputy in charge of the Legal Aid Clinic of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD) at Nyanza where she teaches Judges, Attorneys and Prosecutors. Kaitesi has spoken at different international conferences and symposiums. Usta Kaitesi is also an advocate with the Kigali Bar Association and a member of the East African Law Society.
Kaitesi has a PhD and has carried out research into “Genocidal Gender and Sexual Violence: The Legacy of the ICTR, Rwanda’s Ordinary and Gacaca Courts” at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights. She holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Ottawa, Canada (awarded the Jacque Cadreau Memorial Prize for the best Human Rights Paper of the year 2000 by the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB, with distinction) from the National University of Rwanda.