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Magdalene College Cambridge

Dr Catherine MacKenzie

Dr MacKenzie is a Teaching Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies in Land Economy at Magdalene.

Dr MacKenzie is an academic and professional lawyer. She is a UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner, Governing Master of the Bench of Inner Temple (Inn of Court for barristers), and a Governor of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. Her research is in international environmental law, forestry, land use and public international law.

Dr MacKenzie graduated from Oxford, London, the Inns of Court School of Law, Sydney, and the Australian National University, at which she was a UK Commonwealth Scholar. She is Director of Studies in Land Economy at Magdalene and Homerton, and Director of Studies in Law at Homerton and Clare Hall. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford.

Dr MacKenzie teaches and supervises research on the Tripos and on postgraduate programs. She has taught international environmental law in the Faculty of Law, Land Economy, Architecture, Engineering and Business. She has also served as Chair of Examiners of the Cambridge Masters in Sustainability Leadership and the Oxford Masters in Diplomatic Studies.

Dr MacKenzie was elected Chair of the Board of Scrutiny of Cambridge University. She has also served as a Council Member of the Australian National University, and Dean of Degrees of Green Templeton College, Oxford. She currently serves, as a UK public appointee, on the UK Architects Registration Board Prescription Committee, and the UK Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board. Formerly employed by the United Nations, World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and has worked throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She served with the United Nations Mission to Liberia, re-establishing the Liberia justice system, and currently advises on the development of women’s law schools throughout the Middle East.

Research Interests

International Environmental Law, Public International Law, EU Law.


MA (Oxon), MEd (Sydney), PhD (ANU), Barrister (England & Wales), Barrister & Solicitor (High Court of Australia).