The Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (UP) congratulates Dr Nkatha Murungi on her appointment as Associated Professor in the CHR and Faculty of Law at UP, effective from 1 January 2023.

Dr Nkatha is currently serving as Assistant Director (Programmes) of the CHR. She has specific responsibility for the Centre’s project and programmes on women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, children’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities. She is also co-editor of the African Disability Rights Yearbook.

An alumna of the CHR’s Masters programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, Nkatha graduated in 2009. She was the joint winner of the Nelson Mandela Prize for the best academic performance on the programme. In the 2010, she became an advocate of the Hight Court of Kenya

Nkatha completed her doctoral studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 2013, under the supervision of Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen, with a thesis titled ‘The significance of article 24(2) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the right to primary education of children with disabilities: a comparative study of Kenya and South Africa’. She then served as Post-doctoral Fellow and Research Fellow at the Community Law Centre, (now, the Dullah Omar Institute), UWC. From 2014 to 2018, she was the Head, Children and Law Programme, African Child Policy Forum, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr Murungi has published numerous articles in a variety of journals. With 61 citations to date, her most cited article is ‘Inclusive basic education in South Africa: Issues in its conceptualisation and implementation’ (2015) 18 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 3159-3195.

Prof Frans Viljoen, Director of the CHR congratulated Dr Murungi on her appointment, and added: ‘The Centre is extremely proud of Nkatha, and look forward to her many future contributions to the Centre and to human rights scholarship.’

For more information please contact: 

Mr Andile Mdleleni
Manager: Communications and Advocacy

+27 (0) 12 420 4948


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