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Professor Christina Murray

Professor Christina Murray was appointed as Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in March 2016. She was previously Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town and a senior advisor to the United Nations Department of Political Affairs on constitution making in post-conflict situations. Professor Murray brings extensive academic knowledge and practical experience in dealing with rule of law issues both nationally and internationally.

In 2012 she was a member of the Constitution Commission of Fiji. Between February 2009 and October 2010 she served as a member of the Kenyan Committee of Experts appointed by the Kenyan Parliament to draft a new Constitution of Kenya. That Constitution became law in Kenya on 27 August 2010. Professor Murray's first experience in constitution-making was serving on a panel of seven experts advising the South African Constitutional Assembly in drafting South Africa's 'final' Constitution between 1994 and 1996. Since then she has advised a number of government departments in South Africa on the implementation of the new system of multi-level government and worked with South Africa's national Parliament and many of its nine provincial legislatures. In addition to Yemen, Kenya and Fiji, her most recent constitutional work outside South Africa has concerned Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

Christina Murray has taught and written on human rights law (and particularly issues relating to gender equality, violence against women, constitutional rights for women and African customary law), international law, and constitutional law (including systems of government, multilevel government, fiscal federalism and traditional leadership). Between 1992 and 2004 she was director of UCT's Law, Race and Gender Research Unit. LRG's main work was in the field of judicial education on social context issues, especially on race and gender. She was head of the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town from 2002 - 2008 and Deputy Dean of the Law Faculty from 2000 - 2002. She has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson School in Princeton and the United States Institute for Peace, among others.