Christina Murray

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Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law

Christina Murray is currently on leave from the Faculty, living in New York and, among other things, working on the constitutional support team of the Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Yemen. In 2012 she was a member of the Constitution Commission of Fiji (see 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 Kenya and Fiji, her most recent constitutional work outside South Africa has concerned Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Southern 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.

Recent publications include

"Provincial Constitutions in South Africa: The (non)Example of the Western Cape" (2001) Neue Folge Band 49 Jahrbuch des offentlichen Rechts 481 – 512.

"South Africa : Promises Unmet, Multilevel Government in South Africa" (with Richard Simeon) in Rekha Saxena (ed) Varieties of Federal Governance (2010 Foundation Books, Cambridge University Press)

'South African's Troubled Royalty: Traditional Leaders after Democracy' Law and Policy Paper 23 (The Federation Press in association with the Centre for International and Public Law, Faculty of Law, the Australian National University) 2004

'Reforming multilevel government in South Africa' (with Richard Simeon) (2009) 43 Canadian Journal of African Studies 536 - 571.

'Learning to Lose, Learning to Win: Government and Opposition in South Africa' Transition to Democracy' (with Richard Simeon and Antoinette Handley) ed J Wong et al Political Transitions in Dominant Party Systems: Learning to Lose (Routledge 2008).

'Subnational Constitution-Making in Southern Sudan' (2006) 37 Rutgers Law Journal 1203-1234 (with Catherine Maywald) (

'South Africa' in Legislative, Executive and Judicial Governance in Federal Countries ed C Saunders and K le Roy (McGill-Queens University Press) (2006) 258-288.

'Traditional Leaders' (with Tom Bennett) in Constitutional Law of South Africa eds Woolman & Roux (2006) pp 26-I-26-67.

"Kenya: Budgeting after 2012: What the constitution says" (with Joachim Wehner)

"Kenya's 2010 Constitution" - a description of the constitution-making process and the constitution itself.

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