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Prior to joining the Oregon law faculty, Gassama worked on human rights, foreign policy, and international economic development issues for TransAfrica, the African American lobby for Africa and the Caribbean. Gassama worked on Nelson Mandela’s first visit to the United States and in 1994, he coordinated the recruitment, training, and deployment of U.S. based nongovernmental observers participating in South Africa's first democratic election. Gassama supervised the preparation of reports on the work of the South African Independent Electoral Commission and participated in two election-observer delegations composed of American and African lawyers. Gassama has also worked on human rights and economic development issues affecting various other countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

Professor Gassama's current academic focus is on tort law as well as the interrelationships among human rights, environmental degradation and economic development.

See also Professor Gassma's curriculum vitae.