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Ambreena Manji

Cardiff Law and Global Justice
Professor of Land Law and Development
I have been Professor of Land Law and Development at Cardiff since 2014. Before that, I was seconded to Nairobi as the Director of the British Academy's British Institute in Eastern Africa (2010-2014).
My research is focused on Law and Society in Africa. It is strongly interdisciplinary and collaborative, and I have co-published with colleagues in history, political science, and development studies. I have a track record of publications in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities having written widely on the history of African legal education and on law in African literature.

I have a strong research and professional interest in land law and development. This is evidenced by my track record of publication and advisory work. My most recent book is The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya (James Currey/Boydell & Brewer 2020).

At Cardiff, I co-founded the Law and Global Justice Centre. With funding from the British Academy, the Centre launched its Socio-Legal Journals Global South Initiative in 2018, with writing workshops for early-career legal scholars hosted by our partner Law Schools in Recife, Bangalore, Accra and Nairobi attended by editors from five of the UK’s leading law journals. The Centre also hosts a lively cohort of fully funded international doctoral researchers from across East Africa.

As a result of my strong links with the African judiciary and legal profession, I initiated the African Feminist Judgments project which seeks to bring interdisciplinary insights to bear on African jurisprudence at national and regional levels.

In 2019, I was invited to teach doctoral and post-doctoral classes in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Dakar and in 2020 I was invited to teach in Addis Ababa and Bogota.