Assistant Professor
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation / Global Vision Institute


Areas of Expertise
African Union, Civil Society, Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Ethics and Leadership, Fragile States, Genocide, Global Governance, Globalization, Human Rights, Human Security, Indigenous People, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Affairs, International Criminal Court, International Justice, International Organizations, North-South Relations, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Regional Specialization, Terrorism, The Responsibility to Protect, Transitional Justice, United Nations

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor Tim Murithi is Head of the Peacebuilding Interventions Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, and Extraordinary Professor of African Studies, at the Centre for African and Gender Studies, University of the Free State, in South Africa. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of peace, security, international justice, governance and development. He is on the Advisory Board of the Global Vision Institute, which works to animate the United Nations through the values and principles in its Charter. Previously, he was the 2016 Claude Ake Visiting Professor at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. He is a Research Associate, Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa, University of Cape Town. He is a Senior Research Associate, Nordic Africa Institute, He has held previous posts including: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; Head of the Peace and Security Council Report Programme, Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town; programme officer, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva; Lecturer, Department for Political Studies, University of Cape Town. From 1995 to 1998, he taught at the Department for International Relations, Keele University, UK, where he also obtained his PhD in International Relations, in 1999.

Recent Publications

He has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and policy papers. He is author and editor of 11 books including: as author, The Ethics of Peacebuilding (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and The African Union: Pan-Africanism, Peacebuilding and Development (Ashgate, 2005); Judicial Imperialism: The Politicization of International Criminal Tribunals in Africa (Jacana, 2019); as co-author, The African Peace and Security Architecture: A Handbook (FES, 2014); as editor, The African Union: Autocracy, Diplomacy and Peacebuilding (I.B. Tauris, 2018); Routledge Handbook of Africa’s International Relations (2014); The Politics of Transitional Justice in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (Jacana, 2016); Towards a Union Government of Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (ISS, 2008); and as co-editor, The African Union Peace and Security Council: An Appraisal (ISS, 2011), Zimbabwe in Transition: A View from Within (Jacana, 2011), and The African Union and its Institutions (Jacana, 2008). He is general editor of the Routledge/Europa Series on Perspectives in Transitional Justice. He is on the international advisory boards of: Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, African Journal of Conflict Resolution (ACCORD), African Peace and Conflict Journal (UPEACE), Journal of African Union Studies, and Peacebuilding.

Recent ACUNS Activity

He will present a paper at the forthcoming 2019 ACUNS Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in June


Updated March 2019