Rachel Murray is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol and founder and Director of its Human Rights Implementation Centre. She specialises in human rights law in Africa, in particular in the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, and the African Union, torture prevention and in the implementation of human rights law more generally. She has taught and published widely on these issues and on public international law and international human rights law more generally (Implementation of the Findings of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2015; The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture, OUP, 2011; The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The System at Work, Cambridge, 2008; Human Rights in Africa, from Organization of African Unity to African Union, Cambridge, 2004;The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and International Law, Hart Publishing, 2000).
She regularly works with and advises organisations and individuals on how to use the African human rights system, including drafting cases, resolutions and general comments, and participating in its meetings. She has held consultancies with the UNDP, AU, Amnesty International, the Rwandan Law Reform Commission, and others, and held grants from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the EU, the Open Society justice Initiative and UK research councils looking at the practical implementation of human rights law in a number of countries across the world, but particularly in Africa. She is on the editorial board of a number of journals including the Journal of African Law, the African Journal of International and Comparative Law and the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights. She is a member of the Board of the Human Dignity Trust in the UK, and the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, in the Gambia. She is also a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex.