Muna Ndulo

Muna Ndulo

Professor of Law, Cornell Law School | Ithaca, New York

  • Director of Cornell’s Institute for African Development
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Humanitarian

Muna Ndulo graduated L.L.B.  (Zambia), L.L.M. (Harvard) and Ph.D. (Oxford). He is a professor law at the Cornell Law School and director of Cornell University’s Institute for African Development. He is also honorary professor of law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, and extra ordinary professor of law, Free State University. He was formerly professor of law and dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia.

He has lectured in several universities, including: Bayreauth and Graz. He served as legal officer in the international Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law from 1986 to 1995, and as political and legal adviser with the United Nations Mission Observer Mission in South Africa, and to the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General to South Africa, 1992-1994. He also served as legal adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission to East Timor in 1999, legal expert to the United Nations Mission to Kosovo in 2000, and legal expert to the United Nations Mission to Afghanistan in 2003.

He has acted as consultant to the African Development Bank (ADB) and helped establish ADB’s African Legal Support Facility, the World Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Development Program, National Democratic Institute, United States Institute for Peace and International Law Organization.  He has acted as consultant to the Kenya 2010 Constitutional Process, Zimbabwe Constitutional Process (1999), and Somalia (2012). He is founder of the Southern African Institute for Public Policy and Research and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the African Association of International Law, American Society of International Law, the Advisory Committee, Human Rights Watch (Africa), and chairman of Gender Links, a South African NGO.

He has published 17 books and more than 90 articles in academic journals. He is a frequent commentator in newspaper articles and has regularly been interviewed on African affairs by the BBC and Voice of America. He was awarded the Distinguished Africanist Scholar Award (2012) by the New York African Studies Association. He received the Cornell University Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring of Graduate and Professional Students Award in 2012.