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Professor Ambreena Manji

Position: Professor
School: Law

Tel: +44(0)29 2087 5473
Fax: +44 29208 74097
Ext: 75473

   Chair, Equality, Dignity and Diversity Committee, School of Law and Politics.
   Co-Chair, Cardiff University BME Staff Network
   College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Representative, Cardiff University Athena Swan Steering Group
   Mentor, Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme
   Vice-President, Cardiff UCU; UCU Representative, Cardiff University Race Equality Charter Mark Working Group

   Land Law, Law in Development, African Legal Studies, Legal Framework of Development Assistance, History of African Legal Education, Law and Literature.


Ambreena Manji has held academic posts at the Universities of Warwick and Keele. She has been a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town and at Dar es Salaam Law School. She has been a Global Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School; Dame Lillian Penson Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London; and Faculty Member at the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa in Johannesburg. With John Harrington, she leads Cardiff Law School's pathbreaking Global Justice Pro Bono programme.

Between 2010 and 2014, Ambreena was seconded to the Directorship of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), a British Academy research institute in Nairobi. In this capacity, she was responsible for the strategic direction of a multidisciplinary research institute supporting researchers in archaeology, history, political science. Kiswahili studies, anthropology, law and literature. She was responsible for initiating a series of innovative research programmes across Eastern Africa and oversaw a widening of the BIEA’s subject reach.

Ambreena is currently engaged on two major collaborative projects. With John Harrington, she is researching the history of African Legal Education. This project has received support from the Nuffield Foundation, the Legal Education Research Network and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. With Catherine Boone (LSE Government and International Development), Jacqueline Klopp (Columbia Earth Institute) and Karuti Kanyinga (University of Nairobi Institute of Development Studies) she is studying Decentralized Land Management in Kenya. This project has been supported by a grant from the LSE Inequalities Institute.

Ambreena has advised a number of international organisations on land issues including UN Habitat, FAO and UNDP. She has been a project peer reviewer for the Department for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, the African Centre for Cities (Cape Town) and the Rift Valley Institute (Nairobi). Most recently she has been nominated by the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to act as expert adviser to the Habitat III conference being held in Quito, Ecuador in 2016. 

Ambreena sits on the Council of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) and is a member of its Fage & Oliver Book Prize panel. She represents the ASAUK on the Arts and Humanities Alliance. She serves on the Research Committee of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (British Academy); the Advisory Board of the Africa Research Institute (London); and the Advisory Council of the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (Johannesburg). She sits on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Law and Society and is a member of the Editorial Boards of Social and Legal Studies, Feminist Legal Studies and Law and Humanities.