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Catherine Adcock Admay, JD

Faculty Director, Duke University
Rubenstein Hall – Office #282

Professional Background

Catherine Adcock Admay, JD, teaches law and policy at the undergraduate and graduate level, and is a member of the Faculty of the Duke Center for International Development at the Sanford School of Public Policy, as well as affiliated faculty for the Duke Global Health Institute. She serves as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Public Policy. She is also the Duke Faculty Director of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. On a Rotary Ambassador Scholarship, Professor Admay studied European human rights law and public international law at the Faculté de Droit Strasbourg, France and interned with the European Court of Human Rights. Prof. Admay’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of human rights and humanitarian law, law and governance, global health, development, and cross-cultural engagement, including with ethics and the arts. Through the International Development Clinics she co-directed at NYU Law School (1993-96) and founded at Duke Law School (1996-2002), she and her graduate students have advised high-level policy makers on matters of law and policy. She served as a legal expert for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and as a legal consultant to the Greensboro, NC Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Born in South Africa and naturalized as an American citizen as an adult, Prof. Admay continues to work on the intersection of law, development, conflict transformation, and human rights in South Africa. Her ongoing field research explores the South African Constitutional Court and its creative strategies to seed and tend to a human rights and peace-based constitutional culture. She earned her degrees at Yale College and Yale Law School.