Dr Catherine MacKenzie, Visiting Research Fellow at Green Templeton, has been elected as a Master of the Bench, i.e. a governing bencher, of Inner Temple, an appointment normally reserved for QCs and judges. Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court, of which all barristers are members.
The appointment is recognition of Catherine’s contribution to the legal profession: she advised on the development of the first law school for women in Saudi Arabia, is currently advising the women's law school in Bahrain, and is a Board member of the international law school in Kuwait. Catherine has a particular interest in the intersection of common and sha'ia law in the context of professional legal education.
Catherine, who was Called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1995 as a Duke of Edinburgh Scholar, has also been appointed jointly by the four Inns of Court as the sole Academic Governor of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, which is responsible for providing leadership for advocacy training for barristers.