Dr Ruth Farrugia is an advocate and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. She studied at the University of Malta, University of Strasbourg, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Tribunal. She has served as consultant to the deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Policy, Minister for Family and Social Solidarity and the Social Affairs Committee in Parliament, presenting Malta’s report before the UN Committee on the CRC.
Dr Farrugia is a former member of the National Family Commission and chairperson of the Malta Emigrants and Refugees Commission and consultant at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR. She was chairperson of the Children Care Orders Board and was commissioned to draft the Children Act, Commissioner for Children Act and Gender Equality Act for Malta.
Dr Farrugia was responsible for the introduction of Child Law and Gender Law within the Faculty of Laws and currently coordinates their teaching together with Family Law at the University of Malta. She is legal consultant to the Commissioner for Children, country expert to the Comparative European Family Law Commission, the Common Core in Family Law Group, the Euro-Med Human Rights Group and a Vice President of the International Academy of Jurisprudence of the Family. She has served as expert to the PRMIII Experts Group of the European Commission as well as the Council of Europe Expert for the Child Access to Justice Initiative.
She has published widely in the field of family law, child law and human rights.