Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller
Deputy Executive Director, Governance and Service Delivery research programme (DGSD), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa.
Topic D: Building communities of gender expertise and leadership
Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller holds the degrees of BJuris LLB LLM (UPE) LLD (UP). Previously she was Professor of law at Vista University and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) before joining Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) as research director of social sciences in February 2011. She joined the HSRC as Deputy Executive Director of the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme on 1 March 2012, and acted in the capacity of Executive Director until September 2012. She is an adjunct Professor of the Nelson R Mandela School of Law at the University of Fort Hare. After acting as the Executive Director of the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme (DGSD) at the HSRC for seven months, she is currently the Deputy Executive Director of DGSD and an Adjunct Professor of the Nelson R Mandela School of Law at the University of Fort Hare.
Prof Bohler-Muller has over 40 peer reviewed journal publications and has co-edited three books on gender violence; human trafficking and the dynamic of BRICS. She is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa and served as presiding officer for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) in Port Elizabeth for 7 years. Amongst others she has completed research consultancy work for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on HIV/AIDS, human rights and access to justice; and the Institute for Child Witness Research and Training on gender-based violence. She has completed research fellowships at Griffith University's law faculty in Brisbane, Australia; Birkbeck School of Law in London, UK; and the BRICS Policy Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently she is a member of the HSRC BRICS Think Tank Secretariat, as well as the BRICS Think Tank Council, and has been appointed on to the Ministerial Task Team to make recommendations to the Minister of Higher Education and Training on the creation of a permanent South African BRICS Think tank. Her research interests include international and constitutional law; human rights, democracy and social justice. Prof Bohler-Muller is Principal Investigator on a multi-year project dealing with the Assessment of the Impact of the Decisions of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal on the transformation of society.