Since she began working as a journalist in 1981, Carmel Rickard has specialised in writing about legal affairs. She has won widespread recognition (local and international) as well as a number of awards for her work, and in 1992/3 was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard.
She now writes a weekly column on legal issues for the Financial Mail, and a second weekly column, “A Matter of Justice” for Legalbriefs, a daily online legal newspaper. The latter column is supported by the International Bar Association and focuses on judicial decisions and legal developments across the African continent.
She is also the editor-in-chief of publications for the Judicial Institute for Africa (Jifa), writing newsletters for circulation to African judges on new judicial decisions from around the continent.