Chuma Himonga

Chuma Himonga | Zambia

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Chuma Himonga is a Professor of Law, School of Law University of Zambia (UNZA). She is also professor of Law Emeritus, University of Cape Town where she worked until her retirement in 2017 and a member of the College of Fellows of the University of Cape Town.
She held the Department of Science and Technology South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights (at the University of Cape Town), funded and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), from 2012 to December 2017. She is a NRF-Rated Researcher.

Professor Himonga has served on several Commissions, Committees and Boards, including: the South African Law Reform Commission Project Committee (2003-2006); the Board of the Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism (1999 to date); member of the International Working Group of legal educators that established the International Association of Law Schools (2004-2005); member of the Board of the International Association of Law School (2005 – 2010); and Chair of the seven-member international committee to plan the International Association of Law Schools Educational Conference on ‘Effective Techniques for Teaching about other Cultures and Legal Systems’ held in Montreal, Canada, 30 May 2008. She is currently the Dean of the School of Law at the University of Zambia. Her fields of research are African customary law and legal pluralism, family and succession laws (Africa), children’s rights and women’s rights.