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Courtenay Morris

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor, Rule of Law for Development Program

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About

Courtenay Morris is an attorney who has a background in criminal justice and rule of law development, free speech law and media freedom, and public international and human rights law.

Since 2020, Courtenay has been a professor of legal studies on the law faculty of the Jindal Global Law School near New Delhi. She designed and taught a course on comparative free speech law covering India and the United States. In March of this year, Courtenay offered a series of online lectures through Coursera on Race and Ethnicity in America. While in India, Courtenay served as president of the Board of Governors of the American Embassy School in New Delhi.

Before moving to India in 2017, Courtenay ran a $30 million criminal justice program for the U.S. State Department in Kenya. She helped build Kenya’s first oversight agency for police misconduct. Courtenay also worked on programs to combat terrorism and drug trafficking. She selected recipients to receive funding from the American government to fight wildlife poaching and government corruption. Courtenay was selected by the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya to join the Board of Governors for the International School of Kenya, a position she held for two years. In her second year, she was appointed chairperson of the board.

Courtenay also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a law enforcement specialist. In this position, she trained Kenyan police officers and prosecutors on Kenya’s Sexual Offenses Act. She also wrote a new curriculum on how to investigate and prosecute sex crimes. Courtenay served as the head of a group of donor nations supporting police reform in Kenya, and also volunteered with Lawyers without Borders to train Kenyan advocates and judges on trial advocacy skills.

In the United States, Courtenay practiced criminal law as a public defender, representing underprivileged juvenile clients in Newark, New Jersey. She tried cases ranging from drug possession and auto theft to rape and murder. Courtenay clerked for the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden, a U.S. federal district court judge in New Jersey. Before law school, she worked in the United States Senate, as a member of the personal staff of the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.). She specialized in women’s issues and reproductive freedom.

Courtenay earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. She won a merit scholarship to attend Michigan and served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. In 1994, she graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian language and literature in 1994. Courtenay currently lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Degrees

BA, Cornell University
JD, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

Legal Systems and Methods