LL.M. (1984) Columbia University School of Law, New York LL.B. (1982) University of Natal, Durban, South AfricaB.A. (1980) University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (Majors: Economic History; Comparative African Government and Administration)
Penelope (Penny) Andrews
Andrews is Albany Law School’s president and previously served as the institution’s 17th dean. She is the first female president for the school since it opened in 1851.
Prior to joining Albany Law, President Andrews was the associate dean for academic affairs and
professor of law at City University of New York School of Law
(CUNY). Prior to joining CUNY, she was a professor of law and
director of international studies at Valparaiso Law School, where she
taught torts, public international law, international human rights law and
international criminal law.
President Andrews has extensive experience in legal education since she
commenced her law teaching career in Melbourne, Australia, in
1986. She has been tenured at four law schools, one in
Australia and three in the United States, and has served on significant
law school committees and in public interest legal organizations. She has
been a member of and chaired several accreditation site teams for the American
Bar Association’s section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
President Andrews, who was born and raised in South Africa, has extensive
international experience, including teaching at law schools in Germany,
Australia, Holland, Scotland, Canada and South Africa. An annual award in her
name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—was inaugurated in 2005 at the
South African law school of University of Kwazulu-Natal. Along with numerous
other awards, she holds a “Women of South Africa Achievement Award,” the
Albany Law Review’s Women Who Mean Business Award, the Haywood Burns/Shanara
Gilbert Award, as well as Albany Law’s Kate Stoneman Award, which she received
She has consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and for
the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg, where she evaluated labor law programs.
She earned her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Natal, Durban, South
Africa, and her LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, New York.
She has published extensively on topics centered on gender and racial equality,
South African legal issues, Australian legal issues, and international
justice. Her most recent book, From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking
Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights, was published by Ashgate in
2012. She is currently working on a paper that focuses on the
challenges for law school graduates in rural communities.
Using her experience of living under apartheid and witnessing its downfall and the subsequent creation of new governments in South Africa, the author examines and compares gender inequality in societies undergoing political and economic transformation. By applying this process of legal transformation as a paradigm, the author applies this model to Afghanistan. These two societies serve as counterpoints through which the book engages, in a nuanced and novel way, with the many broader issues that flow from the attempts in newly democratic societies to give effect to the promise of gender equality. Developing the idea of “conditional interdependence”, the book suggests a new approach based on the communitarian values which underpin newly democratic societies and which would allow women’s rights to gain momentum and reap greater benefits.
Broad in its thematic approach, the book generates challenging and complex questions about the achievement of gender equality. It will be of interest to academics interested in gender and human rights, international and comparative law.
"Andrews asks the hard questions that should cause us to re-examine our assumptions about the freight attached to the language of human rights, political and legal strategies for achieving substantive equality, and the contestation within the feminist discourse and legal theory. Beautifully written, this book is a fabulous resource for academic institutions and communities."
--Val Napoleon, University of Victoria, Canada
"The author analyses the obstacles to achieving gender equality in two very different countries and concludes that there is not 'a one size fits all' solution. The book is a fascinating read. And its message is timely: we cannot give up, we must continue to seek ways to meet the challenge of gender inequality."
--Kate O’Regan, Justice of CCT of South Africa
From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights (Ashgate, 2012)0754679969
Sixty Years on: The Human Rights Movement Today, 24 University of Maryland Journal of International Law, (2009) 47papers.cfm
Who's Afraid of Polygamy? Exploring the Boundaries of Family, Equality and Custom in South Africa, 2009 UNIVERSITY OF UTAH LAW REVIEW, No. 2, 351
"Democracy Stops at My Front Door": Obstacles to Gender Equality in South Africa, 5 Loyola Chicago Journal of International Law 15 (2007)
Big Love? The Recognition of Customary Marriages in South Africa, 64 Washington and Lee Law Review 211 (2007)
Learning to Love After Learning to Harm: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Gender Equality and Cultural Values, 15 Michigan State Journal of International Law 41 (2007)papers.cfm
The South African Judicial Appointments Process, 44 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 565 (2006) papers.cfm
Some Middle-Aged Spread, A Few Mood Swings and Growing Exhaustion: The Human Rights Movement at Middle Age, 41 University of Tulsa Law Review 101 (2006) papers.cfm
Women's Human Rights and the Conversation Across Cultures, 67 ALBANY LAW REVIEW (2003) 609
From Gender Apartheid to Non-Sexism: The Pursuit of Women's Rights in South Africa, 26 North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commerical Regulation 694 (2001)
The Constitutional Court Provides Succor for Victims of Domestic Violence: S v Baloyi, 16 South African Journal of Human Rights (2000)
Affirmative Action in South Africa: Transformation or Tokenism Law In Context Vol. 2, 15 (1999)
A Resource for Justice: South Africa's Legal Resources Centre, East Africa Journal of Peace and Human Rights No. 1, 2 (1995)
"A Small, Sweet Victory" An analysis of the Transvaal Court MAJESTIC TOWERS judgment involving the rights of Black domestic workers to receive visitors; and public interest law in South Africa, Legal Services Bulletin No. 5, 14 (October 1989)
Autonomy and the Miskito Indian Community of Nicaragua, Aboriginal Law Bulletin No. 32, 2 (June 1988)
Corporate Codes of Conduct Under Apartheid: An Assessment, Trans Africa Forum No. 3, 3 (Spring 1986)
The Legal Underpinnings of Gender Oppression in Apartheid South Africa 3 Australian Journal of Law and Society (June 1986)
South African Labyrinth: A Study of the Migrant Labour System in South Africa, Los Angeles Weekly (November 1984) with Anne McDonald Also published in Journal of Black Students' Society, University of California, Los Angeles (December 1984)
Perspectives on Brown: The South African Experience, 49 New York Law School Law Review (2004-2005) 1155papers.cfm
Reparations for Apartheid's Victims: The Path to Reconciliation, 53 DE PAUL LAW REVIEW (2004) 1155papers.cfm
Transitional Perspectives on Women's Right, 14 Interights Bulletin (2004) 143
Two 'Colored' Women's Conversation About the Relevance of Feminist Law Journals in the 21st Century, 11 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW (2003) (co-author Taunya Banks) 498papers.cfm
Critical Challenges: A Conversation on Complicity and Civility in Legal Education, 1 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 601 (2003) with Sharon Hom and Ruthann Robson
Evaluating the Progress of Women's Rights on the Fifth Anniversary of the South African Constitution, 26 Vermont Law Review 829 (2002)
Making Room for Critical Race Theory in International Law: Some Practical Pointers, 45 Villanova Law Review (2000) 855papers.cfm
Globalization, Human Rights and Critical Race Feminism: Voices from the Margins 3 JOURNAL OF GENDER, RACE AND JUSTICE (2000) 373papers.cfm
Violence Against Women in South Africa: The Role of Culture and the Limitations of the Law, in 8 Temple Civil and Political Rights Law Review Vol. 2 (1999) 425papers.cfm
Striking the Rock: Confronting Gender Equality in South Africa 3 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 307 (1998)papers.cfm
Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Australia: Redress from the International Human Rights Framework, 60 Albany Law Review (1997) 917papers.cfm
Spectators at the Revolution: Gender Equality in a Post-Apartheid South Africa, in Law and Anthropology: International Yearbook for Legal Anthropology, Volume 7 (1994)
Justice in a Post-Apartheid South Africa, 15 Legal Services Bulletin No. 3 (June 1990)
Some Observations about Lawyering for the Poor in a Changing South Africa 12 African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific Newsletter No. 1 (June 1990)
Legal Education in a Changing South Africa 1 African Law Review No. 5 (March 1990)
Apartheid: The Legal Death of the Black Worker, HUMAN RIGHTS No. 2, 14 (Spring 1987)
Apartheid: The Road to Disaster, Black Heights No. 2, 6 (Spring 1985)
President Penelope (Penny) Andrews was honored with the Inaugural Peter Pryor Pioneer Award by the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association at a ceremony held in Albany on June 10, 2015.
President Penelope (Penny) Andrews gave a talk at “Careers, Choices, Challenges, Changes: A Conversation with Penelope Andrews, President of Albany Law School,” which was put on by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce at The Century House in Latham, N.Y., on April 23, 2015.
President Penelope (Penny) Andrews delivered the Black History Month lecture "A Champion for African Freedom: Paul Robeson and the Struggle Against Apartheid" at The Center for Law and Justice on Feb. 10, 2015.
President Penelope (Penny) Andrews was named to Lawyers of Color's Fourth Annual Power List Issue, marking her fourth consecutive year on the compendium of “the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates.”
and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews gave the keynote talk titled "Empowering
Others through Leadership" at the New York State Minorities in Criminal
Justice Annual Symposium in Albany on Oct. 1, 2015.
President and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews gave a talk on "Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights" as part of the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series at Bard College at Simon's Rock on Feb. 26, 2014.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews is an editor of the newly launched African Law eJournal, distributed by the Social Science Research Network and sponsored by The University of California Irvine School of Law.
President and Dean Penelope
(Penny) Andrews delivered the keynote address at the Early Care &
Learning Council's 2013 Annual Meeting & Luncheon, held June 5, 2013.
President and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was named to the list of the top 100 most influential black attorneys working in government, academics, and the public and private sectors. This is the second consecutive year Dean Andrews has been named as a Power 100 honoree by the organization On Being a Black Lawyer.
President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was elected to
the board of directors for the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) at the
organization’s annual member meeting in Schenectady, N.Y., on Oct. 24.
President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was interviewed for the WAMC public radio segment "Albany Law School: Innovative Strategic Plan To Prepare The Next Generation Of Lawyers And Leaders" on Oct. 7, 2014.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was featured for "The savor of history" in the Times Union on Sept. 25, 2014.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews participated in a PBS NewHour
roundtable to discuss "How Mandela forever changed South Africa" on
Dec. 6, 2013.
President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews' book From Cape Town to Kabul was reviewed by CUNY Law Professor Ruthann Robson on JOTWELL, an online journal for legal academics to identify, celebrate and discuss the best new legal scholarship.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews appeared on WAMC's The Roundtable to talk about her new book From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights on Jan. 9, 2013.
President and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was the subect of a profile titled "Long road to law dean" in the Albany Times Union on Aug. 24.