Prof Lukas Muntingh appointed as new Director of Dullah Omar Institute 2023

The term of DOI’s current Director, Prof Jaap de Visser, ends in December 2022. The position was advertised within the Faculty of Law of the University of the Western Cape, and shortlisting and interviews took place in July.

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that the University’s Joint Appointments and Promotions Committee of Council and Senate has appointed Prof Lukas Muntingh as the new Director as per 1 January 2023 for a five-year term.

Lukas has been with the Institute since 2007, and a member of the Management Team since then. He is co-founder and Project Coordinator of Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR). He holds a PhD (Law) from UWC and an MA (Sociology) from Stellenbosch University. He has been involved in criminal justice reform since 1992. Prof Muntingh has worked in Southern and East Africa on child justice, prisoners’ rights, preventing corruption in the prison system, the prevention and combating of torture, and monitoring legislative compliance. He has published extensively and presented at several conferences. His current focus is on the prevention and combating of torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty.

Since 2007, Lukas has led the Institute’s Africa Criminal Justice Reform initiative to ever greater heights, and has assisted in the management and fundraising of the Institute. We are thus very confident that the Institute will flourish under his leadership and wish him well in this new role.


17 August 2022

Prof Julian May – Chairperson DOI Advisory Board

Prof Jacques De Ville – Dean of the Faculty of Law

Prof Jaap de Visser – Director: Dullah Omar Institute 


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