Malawian professor appointed University of Cape Town’s Dean of Law


The University of Cape Town (UCT) has appointed Professor Danwood Chirwa as its Dean of the Faculty of Law.

The South African institution of higher learning announced the appointment last week.

Chirwa told UCT news that he is humbled by the appointment and the overwhelming support he has received.

“They believe I will add value, bring stability, improve the way we work and the services we provide—that’s encouraging,” he said.

Chirwa joined UCT in 2004 as a lecturer in commercial law and has a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience. He has held various leadership positions in the faculty, including acting dean in 2014 and head of the Department of Public Law from 2009 to 2014.

As Dean of Law, Chirwa is expected enhance the African focus of the University of Cape Town’s LLB degree and altering the way students and staff view law.”

UCT was Africa’s top ranked university in 2018 and in 2017 was ranked the 259th in the world by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).

In Malawi, Chirwa provides expert commentary to the media on various legal issues.