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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

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Digital technology has transcended many of the physical and spatial limitations on the performance of work. ‘Reimagining employment’ has become a buzzword. At the same time, these developments have also transcended many of the critical institutions of labour law. These, too, must be reimagined and the target is continuously moving as new forms of technology introduce yet more change.

Scholars are rising to the challenge with a growing body of research and publications exploring the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Department of Mercantile and Labour Law (including the Social Law Project) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, has decided to make this a niche area – that is, to concentrate teaching, research and community outreach on developing an understanding of how labour law should respond to the changes taking place.

One aim is to promote the sharing of knowledge and cooperation – especially in the form of joint research – with colleagues with similar interests in South Africa and internationally. More specifically, we do so from the perspective of a developing country, to contribute to the regeneration of South African labour law in ways that will promote the creation of new work and employment opportunities and the reduction of inequality inherited from a colonial past.


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New Benjamin

COORDINATOR

CENTROW

Extraordinary Professor

University of Western Cape

 
Prof Paul Benjamin  

 

Specialisation

Labour Regulations

Bio in brief

He is a practising attorney and Director of Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Inc and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape where he forms part of the Labour Law 4.0 niche area. He has previously held professorial positions at both UCT and Wits University. Paul has worked closely with the independent trade union movement and was involved in some of the central events in South African labour history, including the 1987 mineworkers’ strike. He has played a major role in shaping the post-apartheid labour law framework drafting a number of statutes. He works closely with the CCMA and has been involved in designing its rules and procedures. He has undertaken a number of projects for the International Labour Organisation and has represented both organized labour and government on ILO committees. Other areas in which he has worked include occupational health and safety, employment equity, skills development, public law and environmental law.

Paul has been an acting judge of the Labour Court on several occasions and has written widely on labour law in international and local publications.

Contact

paulben@iafrica.com


New Dutoit

COORDINATOR

CENTROW

Emeritus Professor

University of the Western Cape

 
Prof Darcy du Toit  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Darcy du Toit is an Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Law at the University of the Western Cape. He currently coordinates the Labour Law 4.0 niche area in the Faculty of Law (which is affiliated to the Labour Law Research Network).

Darcy is a co-investigator on FAIRWORK in the Platform Economy in the Global South in association with the universities of Oxford, Manchester and Cape Town. His research has focused on workplace democratisation, employment equity, strike law, domestic work (contributing to the adoption of ILO Convention 189 of 2011 on domestic workers) and more recently on digital platform work.

As a practitioner he has worked as a labour arbitrator and remains a consultant to Bradley Conradie Halton Cheadle Attorneys, a firm specialising in labour law. Internationally, he has served inter alia as a Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law and member of the advisory board of the European Labour Law Network.

Publications


'Affirmative action' or 'positive action' in the employment context
An investigation into how non-standard and informal workers can address their vulnerability
Building BRICS for Growth?
Code of Good Practice for the Regulation of Platform Work in South Africa
Do cooperatives offer a basis for worker organisation in the domestic sector
Extending the frontiers of employment regulation: The case of domestic employment in South Africa
Freedom of association, majoritarianism, and the rights of minority unions
From 'platform capitalism' towards a 'sharing economy'
Industrial democracy in South Africa's transition
International Labour Organization Future of Work Initiative: South Africa
Labour Law through the Cases
Labour Relations Law: A Comprehensive Guide
Lock-outs
Platform work and social justice
Protection against unfair discrimination in the workplace: Are the courts getting it right?
Protection against unfair discrimination: Cleaning up the Act?
Recognition of the right to strike (terms and conditions apply)
Regulating the informal economy: Unpacking the oxymoron
Repousser les limites de la réglementation du travail
Revisiting strikes in essential services
Should precarious work be the focus of labour law?
South Africa
The extension of Bargaining Council Agreements
The necessary evolution of strike law
The New Labour Bills: An overview and analysis
The right to equality versus employer 'control' and employee 'subordination'
The right to strike in South Africa
The transfer of enterprises and the protection of employment benefits in South and Southern Africa
Towards fairness in the 'sharing economy'
Towards Legal Regulation of Platform Work: Theory and Practice
Unfair Discrimination in the Workplace

Contact

darcydutoit@telkomsa.net


New Beukman

RESEARCHER

CENTROW

Researcher

University of the Western Cape

 
Ratula Beukman  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Ratula Beukman has an LLB from the University of Western Cape Town and is completing a Master’s in Law at the University of Cape Town. She has been teaching labour law at the University of the Western Cape since 2015 and is currently a researcher in various aspects of labour law. She was admitted as an attorney in 2012.

She has been involved in different areas of advocacy in her career, and as an advocacy programme manager at the Black Sash contributed to, among other things, the equalization of the Older Person’s eligibility criteria to the Social Assistance Grant by lowering of the age of men from 65 to 60 years to qualify for the OPG.

Ratula also campaigned for the extension of Child Support Grant to the age of 18 years, which lead to incremental increase in the qualifying age of children from 14 to 18 years to access the CSG. In addition, she contributed to the following:

  • The establishment of the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals at the Department of Social Development.
  • Bread Price Collusion Tiger Brand & Pioneer Foods – secured the fining of Tiger Brands by the Competition Commission of R96 million for bread price fixing.
  • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Bill – improved the calculation and period of Benefit payments to workers and aligning maternity benefit to the ILO standards.

Ratula has also worked as a researcher, contributing to various evaluations of national, regional and international programmes. Her role extended to fieldwork, gathering evidence, synthesizing and producing field work write-ups which are central to the evaluation report.

At the Black Sash, she also worked in various ways to help build the capacity of the local community organisations. Together with four regional offices, she managed education & training support, resourcing and guidance and ensuring strong national communication with advice offices in South Africa. She was responsible, together with the regional teams, for developing and disseminating materials and implementing awareness-raising activities, educational courses and workshops, and mentorship programmes to ensure that information and analysis is shared within the organization and publicly.

The work involved policy analysis, policy and legislative research in specific substantive practice areas with an emphasis on constitutional law, administrative law, social security law, consumer law and labour law, as well as various government precepts, regulations and laws.

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rbeukman@uwc.ac.za


New Booys

RESEARCHER

CENTROW

Researcher and Facilitator

University of Western Cape

 
Ernest Booys  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

He obtained his LLB in 2010 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and LLM in 2012.His lecturing career started off at the University of Namibia, where his lectures included Business Management and Practical’s. He continued with his lecturing career at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he taught Labour law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, law of Contracts. Law of Delict, Law of Things, Law of Succession, Family Law and Social Security. In addition, he has taught Mercantile law, labour law, Law of Contracts, legal Practice, Corporate Procedures and Industrial Relations, at the Cape Peninsula (CPUT).

His duties further included lectures in Labour law and alternative Dispute Resolution for postgraduate students at CPUT. Currently he is supervising LLM student from Namibia in the labour law field and is employed at Social Law Project (SLP) at UWC where his duties and responsibilities consist of Lecturing, student support and a range of administrative duties for Labour Law projects.

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ebooys@uwc.ac.za


New Davids

RESEARCHER

CENTROW

Researcher and Facilitator

University of Western Cape

 
Sedica Davids  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Sedica has focused on building pan African networks (Pan Africa ILGA and Coalition of African She holds a BA HDE (UCT) and postgraduate diplomas in management (Stellenbosch and Wits Business Schools) and a Diploma in Library Studies (UWC). Her contribution to society is in the form of community organizing, research, organizational development and transformation iLsbeians) for LGBTIQ+ human rights as well as strengthening south-south collaboration (ILGA Asia) through board training in good governance. She has consulted to the Transformation and EE Office at Wits University, developing a disability policy for staff and she developed a manual for training small scale farmers in the northern Cape in the elements of good governance (in Afrikaans) as commissioned by Conservation South Africa.

Sedica joined the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape as a researcher in June 2018 and her core responsibilities were resource mobilization, proposal writing and fundraising. Her role as researcher for the Social Law Project led to actively participating in the conceptualization of the digital platform cooperative project (DPCP) and to further engage high level networks nationally, regionally and internationally. In 2019 Sedica was contracted to mobilize resources for an emerging research centre.

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sedavids@uwc.ac.za


New Kondo

RESEARCHER

CENTROW

Lecturer

University of Western Cape

 
Dr Tinashe Kondo  

 

Specialisation

Cyber Law

Bio in brief

Tinashe Kondo is a lecturer in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law at the University of the Western Cape and an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He earned his doctoral degree in Investment Law in 2018 and proceeded to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship in Constitutional Revolutions. Through these endeavours, he has published in many areas including Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Cyber Law and Investment Law. He is also supervising students and undergraduate, masters and doctoral levesl in a number of areas including Labour Law. He brings to this projects his insights into Labour Law and expertise in Cyberlaw.

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tkondo@uwc.ac.za


New Mullagee

RESEARCHER

CENTROW

Coordinator

Social Law Project

 
Fairuz Mullagee  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Fairuz Mullagee is the coordinationar of the Social Law Project at the Faculty of Law at UWC. A Southern African Advanced Education Fellow, she has a B Phil in Social Research Methods from the University of Stellenbosch, an Honours in History from UWC, and a BA from the University of Cape Town. A knowledge management practitioner with a pro-poor approach to human development, her special interest is methodology and monitoring and evaluation for improving efficiency.

She has about twenty years of extensive research and management experience. Her work spans a broad field that includes policy design and analysis as well as implementation. Ms Mullagee’s key strength is her expertise, skill and ability to convert large volumes of data into useful knowledge through her system’s approach to data management.

She has worked with a number of government departments, parastatals and NPOs including UNESCO, Departments of Home Affairs, Education, Social Development, SA Local Government Association (SALGA), and the Constitutional Assembly. Her vast experience has provided her with great insight into many spheres of society and government from local to global level. It is this experience that enables her to craft innovative and sustainable solutions for a broad range of problems.

Her 10-year association with UWC has focused broadly promoting social justice for precarious workers, more specifically domestic workers. This work has resulted in numerous knowledge products in the domestic work sector, and a presence locally and internationally. She is currently a driving force in the Digital Platform Co-operative Project, a research and development initiative, to explore the use of technology for improving the collective bargaining environment for domestic workers.

Contact

fairuzmullagee@gmail.com


New Ronnie

RESEARCHER

CENTROW

Researcher and facilitator

Social Law Project

 
Roger Ronnie  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Roger Ronnie is a researcher and facilitator with the Social Law Project (SLP), situated in the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. He has vast experience in the field of public sector employment, having being a trade unionist for 23 years in the local government sector.

In this regard, Roger played a central role in the formation of the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). He also formed part of the organised labour team that negotiated amendments at the tripartite National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) to the essential service provisions of the Labour Relations Act.

His work at SLP has focused on workers in precarious and vulnerable forms of employment, such as domestic workers and street vendors. This included work on an ILO-funded project on the feasibility of the establishment of co-operatives as a means of economic empowerment for domestic workers in South Africa. He has contributed to a year-long empowerment programme for domestic workers focusing on human rights, domestic workers and labour law, and appropriate forms of organization for the sector. Roger has recently formed part of the team that drafted a series of four papers that form part of the ILO’s Future of Work Initiative, aimed at facilitating debate amongst social partners in NEDLAC.

Roger also facilitates labour law programmes offered by SLP for continuing education students and provides student support to in the Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law.

Contact

rronnie@uwc.ac.za


New Bamu

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Law Programme Coordinator for Africa

WIEGO

 
Dr Pamhidzai Bamu  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

She worked as a Researcher in the Institute of Development and Labour Law at the University of Cape Town, and the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape and has published research on various labour issues in South Africa and southern Africa. She completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Stellenbosch University, where her project considered the Zimbabwean labour market with a focus on the development and regulation of its informal economy.

She has consulted for agencies such as the International Labour Organization and SADC Secretariat on a number of labour and human rights issues. Her research interests include domestic workers, street vendors, labour migration, international labour law and the regulation of precarious forms of work.

Pamhidzai currently resides in Maryland USA and is the Law Programme Coordinator for Africa at Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

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pamhidzai.bamu@gmail.com


Adeleblackett

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Professor of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law

McGill University

 
Prof Adelle Blackett  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., F.R.S.C., is a Professor of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where she teaches and researches in the areas of labour and employment law, trade regulation, law and development, critical race theory and slavery and the law.

Professor Blackett holds a B.A. in History from Queen’s University, civil law and common law degrees from McGill, and an LL.M. and a doctorate in law from Columbia University.

Widely published in English, French and Spanish in the emerging field of transnational labour law, in 2015, she co-edited a Research Handbook on Transnational Labour Law. Her book manuscript entitled Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labour Law (Cornell University Press) was published in Spring 2019.

  • Professor Blackett is the recipient of prestigious research fellowships, notably the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research in 2010. In 2016, she was appointed to the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development. Also in 2016, she received a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship for her project on transnational futures of international labour law, for which she organized an eponymous course in winter 2019. In April 2020, she received a McGill COVID-19 Rapid Response grant for her research project titled COVID-19's Essential Workers: Rethinking Social Protection Beyond the Employment Relationship.
  • Professor Blackett founded and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL) at McGill, was a founding steering committee member of the international Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), and is member of the Quebec based Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT). She was a William Dawson Scholar at McGill from 2007 to 2016, and has been a visiting scholar at the African Development Bank, the Australian National University and SOAS (University of London). A former official of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Professor Blackett has been an ILO expert on international standard setting on decent work for domestic workers (2008-2011) leading to the adoption of ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201; and in a labour law reform process in Haiti (2011-2014). In 2009, she was unanimously appointed by the National Assembly of Quebec to the province’s Human rights and youth rights Commission, where she served as a commissioner for seven (7) years.
  • A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec, she was awarded the latter’s Christine Tourigny Award of Merit and the status of advocate emeritus in 2014, in recognition of her social commitment and her contributions to the advancement of women. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2015, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers awarded her its Pathfinder Award for her significant contributions to the legal community and the community at large. In November 2018, Adelle Blackett was appointed to the Human Rights Expert Panel of the Government of Canada’s renewed Court Challenges Program. She was appointed to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Chapter 23 (Trade and Labour) Roster of experts in December 2018. Professor Blackett was elected an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in July 2019. In July 2020, she was appointed to the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Annex 31-B Lists of Rapid Response Labor Panelists. In 2020, she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of the Social Sciences).

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''adelle.blackett@mcgill.ca"


New Bosch

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Advocate

Private legal practice

 
Craig Bosch  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Craig Bosch is an advocate practising at the Cape Bar. He specialises in labour law matters.

Craig was an academic lecturing in labour law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, first at the University of Cape Town and then the University of the Western Cape. He has published academic articles on various topics including s197 transfers, the employment relationship and unfair dismissal. Craig has also co-authored a book on employment and business transfers and, in 2016, Reviews in the Labour Courts. Until 2013, he was a senior commissioner at the CCMA and a panellist for a number of bargaining councils.

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csbosch@gmail.com


New Cohen

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Honorary Research Fellow

University of KawZulu-Natal

 
Dr Tamara Cohen  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Dr Tamara Cohen (BA LLB LLM PHD) is a former Associate-Professor of Labour Law in the School of Law at UKZN and currently an Honorary Research Fellow at UKZN. She is an experienced labour law trainer and facilitator, a panelist of Aequitate Professional Employment Law Solutions specialising in labour matters, an accredited commercial mediator and an admitted attorney.

She has co-authored various labour law texts including ‘Labour Law through the cases’, ‘Labour Relations Law’, ‘Trade Unions and the Law’, ‘Labour Law in Context’ and ‘Laws against Strikes’, ‘Strikes and the Law’ and ‘Labour Law’ amongst others. She has published many articles in the field of labour law in leading law journals. Tamara has presented conference papers both nationally and internationally. Until 2018 she was the Programme Manager of the CCMA Commissioner Labour Dispute Resolution Qualification, having established and managed the programme since its inception.

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tamdav@iafrica.com


New Collier

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

University of Cape Town

 
Assoc Prof Debbie Collier  

 

Specialisation

Labour and Development

Bio in brief

Debbie is involved in teaching and research supervision in the field of employment law and her research interests are in labour and development, increasingly in the context of workplace discrimination and equality law.

Debbie has been involving in the drafting of various technical reports on labour law, including the national minimum wage in South Africa, and in the capacity of external consultant for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in which she has collaborated on a number of labour law projects in the SADC region.

Debbie has edited and authored/ co-authored numerous books (including Collier & Fergus (eds) Labour Law in South Africa: Context and Principles 2018 OUP) and scholarly articles that have been published in various law journals.

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debbie.collier@uct.ac.za


Bradley Conradiebw2

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Attorney

Bradley Conradie Halton Cheadle (BCHC)

 
Bradley Conradie  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Bradley has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers® list of Solicitors for South Africa in the area of Labour and Employment Law. He has also been included in WHO’S WHO LEGAL as a leading practitioner in the field of employment law. He is also a co-author of the leading publication on labour law in South Africa – Labour Relations Law: A Comprehensive Guide (Lexis Nexis) and a co-author of Strikes and the Law (Lexis Nexis).

Bradley acted as a Judge in the Labour Court on several occasions and is a past National President and honorary member of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).

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New Dwolatzsky

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Emeritus Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering

University of Witwatersrand

 
Prof Barry Dwolatzky  

 

Specialisation

South African ICT sector

Bio in brief

Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor in Wits University’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering. He is passionate about the South African ICT sector and has spent most of the past 25 years educating experts, carrying out research and driving initiatives that aim to nurture and grow this critical part of the economy.

He launched the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University in 2005 and since 2014 has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

In recognition of his contribution to the South African IT industry Barry Dwolatzky was named the joint winner of the ‘South African IT Personality of the Year” in 2013 and received an award for ‘Distinguished Service to IT’ from the Institute of IT Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA) in 2016. Also in 2016 Wits University presented him with the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Citizenship’.

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Barry.Dwolatzky@wits.ac.za


New Fredman

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CENTROW

Professor of Law

Oxford University

 
Prof Sandra Fredman  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

She is a Fellow of the British Academy and became a Queen’s Council (honoris causa) in 2012. In 2012, she founded the Oxford Human Rights Hub, of which she is the director.

She has published widely and has numerous peer reviewed publications in the fields of gender equality, labour law, and human rights. Her books include Comparative Human Rights (OUP, 2018); Human Rights Transformed (OUP 2008); Discrimination Law (OUP, 2nd ed 2011); Women and the Law (OUP, 1997); The State as Employer (Mansell, 1988) with Gillian Morris and Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (2nd ed, Kluwer, 1992) with Bob Hepple. She edited Age as an Equality Issue (Hart, 2003) with Sarah Spencer, and Discrimination and Human Rights: the Case of Racism (OUP, 2001).

She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa She has been an expert advisor on equality for a variety of governments and organizations, including the UK, Northern Ireland, Canada, the ILO, UN Women, the World Bank, the EU Commission, and the UN Working Group on non-discrimination against women in social and economic life. Most recently, she was a member of the expert drafting group of the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education in the context of Privatization.

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"sandra.fredman@law.ox.ac.uk"


New Gaibe

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Private legal practice

 
Shamima Gaibie  

 

Specialisation

Shamima specialises in employment law, commercial law and public sector law dealing with regulatory, administrative and procurement law matters

Bio in brief

Shamima specialises in employment law, commercial law and public sector law dealing with regulatory, administrative and procurement law matters. Shamima has extensive experience representing employers, employees, trade unions, various public bodies and government departments.

Shamima has litigated in all the courts including Labour and Labour Appeal Court, The Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. Shamima served as an acting judge in both the Labour Court and the High Court. She lectured in the Labour Law Masters Programme at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand and previously lectured undergraduate students at the University of Witwatersrand in advanced labour law and law of contract. Shamima has authored numerous legal articles and various texts and journals. Shamima is also a former president of the Southern African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW).

She received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988 and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). She has practiced for more than 20 years after completion of her articles.

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shamima@cth.co.za


New Graham

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

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Director

Fairwork Foundation

 
Prof Mark Graham  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Mark Graham is the Director of the Fairwork Foundation. He is also the Professor of Internet Geography at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, a Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, a Research Affiliate in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, a Research Associate at the Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa at the University of Cape Town, and a Visiting Researcher at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and Technische Universität Berlin.

Mark is an economic geographer with an interest in how digital technologies and digitally-mediated practices affect economic and social inequalities. His research focuses on economic development, labour, power, participation, and representation. His recent books include The Gig Economy, Society and the Internet, and Digital Economies at Global Margins. You can find a full list of his publications on his website, http://www.markgraham.space/publications/.

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mark.graham@oii.ox.ac.uk


New Helm

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

 
Dr Ruediger Helm  

 

Specialisation

Representation of workers work councils and their trade unions

Bio in brief

He is a lawyer in Munich and a research affiliate of SALDRU/UCT. He is specialised on the representation of workers work councils and their trade unions.Before he studied he was chair of a general works council of a German steak house chain. He is a member and a supporter of trade unions. Ruediger is founder and member of several international networks of lawyers.

His activities include research and strategic litigation.

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"rahelm@t-online.de"


Prof Teun Jaspersbw2

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Emeritus Professor of Law

University of Utrecht

 
Prof Teun Jaspers  

 

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Bio in brief

eun Jaspers was professor of social law from 1987 to 2008 and as so attached to the IER department (Utrecht University). Since October 2008 he is professor emeritus of employment law at the Europa Institute. Until that date he was a board member of the institute.

Since 2014 he has been affiliated with the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute of the University of Amsterdam as a senior research fellow. He is co-founder of the European Working Group of Labor Law, a collaboration of a number of European Labor Law professors from different Member States that develops activities in the field of education and research. Within the framework of the European Working Group of Labor Law and in collaboration with the Institut du Travail in Strasbourg, he participated in a major research project (of the European Commission) evaluating the Posting of workers directive. It is a multidisciplinary project.

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Prof Evance Kalulabw2

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Chairperson

International Labour Organization (ILO) Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA)

 
Prof Evance Kalula  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

He is also Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), as well as Honorary Professor at the University of Rwanda, fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS) and ad hoc Executive Policy Advisor to the University of Lusaka (UNILUS).

He is a past President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA).

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New Kocher

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Director

Law Faculty, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

 
Prof Eva Kocher  

 

Specialisation

Equality law, antidiscrimination law and feminist legal theory,

Bio in brief

She studied the law in Tübingen and Hamburg. Since 2018, she is also Vice-President for Learning and Teaching at this University. Eva Kocher is a labour lawyer with a longstanding research focus in equality law, antidiscrimination law and feminist legal theory, topics which also provide the background to her research on working time, part-time and working time regulation.

A second research focus of relevance to this project is her work on transnational standards in global supply chains, in the context of socio-legal studies on enforcement and mobilisation of the law. It has led her to researching possible tensions between norms from different legal contexts such as labour rights and human rights. In the last few years, she has been focussing on legal questions around digitalisation of work, namely on digital platform work and directed various interdisciplinary research projects on the subject.

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CENTROW

 
Prof Wilma Liebman  

 

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President Obama named Wilma Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in January 2009. She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired. Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities, most recently New York University Law School.

Ms. Liebman was first appointed to be a Member of the NLRB by President Clinton and was twice reappointed by President Bush. Earlier, she served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and held positions as Labor Counsel for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations. She is the Co-Chair of the Council of Advisors at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at the New School, and as of June 2020 will serve as President-Elect of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

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New Mwdwaba

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

TZoro IBC

 
Prof Mthunzi Mdwaba  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Productivity SA Chairman (DEL Ministerial appointment), Chairman of the Business Human Rights & Responsible Business Conduct Policy Working Group of the IOE,

South African Norwegian Association (SANA) Chairman & Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

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Kgomotso Mokoenabw2

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Lecturer

University of Johannesburg

 
Kgomotso Mokoena  

 

Specialisation

Bio in brief

Ms Mokoena is also CEO and Director of Business Development of SpreadLuv Movement, a non-profit organisation focused on providing effective career guidance to learners at under-resourced schools in the province of Gauteng.

She has worked as a legal researcher for former Justice Kate O'Regan, current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the late former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

She is a fellow of both Brightest Young Minds and the Aspen Institute's African Leadership Initiative. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Inyathelo Youth in Philanthropy Award in addition to being named one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young People to Watch in 2015. Kgomotso holds a diploma in Social Entrepreneurship from the Gordon Institute of Business Science and practiced at Cheadle Thompson Haysom Inc in Johannesburg for 4 years. She has been the head of SpreadLuv for 8 years. Kgomotso holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Masters in Law degree (Intellectual Property and Media Laws) all from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a member of the Charities Aid South Africa Board of Directors and is the chair of its Governance Committee.

Ms Mokoena's areas of interest include labour law as well as constitutional, media and intellectual property laws. Her personal and professional philosophy is that academic research and legal work should impact and improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and that all her work should be rooted in its ability to be practically implemented.

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Venolan Naidoo

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

CENTROW

Private Legal Practice and National Vice-President

FASKEN (incorporated in South Africa as Bell Dewar Inc) and SASLAW

 
Venolan Naidoo  

 

Specialisation

Labour law

Bio in brief

Venolan Naidoo is a practicing attorney at Fasken (incorporated in South Africa as Bell Dewar Inc.) and specialises in labour/employment law. He is presently the National Vice-President of the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW). He was previously a member of SASLAW’s National Executive Committee and SASLAW’s Western Cape Chapter (2018 to 2020).

Venolan has extensive experience in advising and representing a wide array of clients including, multinational and local companies, parastatals, local government, and individuals. These encompass a broad area of sectors and industries, including those related to technology. He represents clients and regularly argues labour cases in various forums, including, the Labour Court, CCMA, bargaining councils, and internal hearings. He also represents clients in the High Court, Labour Appeal Court, and Supreme Court of Appeal. Venolan also acts in matters related to commercial dispute resolution. He has authored legal articles on various topics of labour law.

Venolan holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of South Africa.

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160070568769894561

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CENTROW

 
Prof Achim Seifert  

 

Specialisation

His main fields of interest are European and International Labour Law as well as Comparative Labour Law and include in particular Employee Data Protection and Employee Participation.

Bio in brief

Achim Seifert serves as Member of the Editorial Board of the European Labour Law Journal (ELLJ), the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal (CLLPJ) and of the Revue de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale.

He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Bordeaux, Leuven, Nantes, Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and at the University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.

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achim.seifert@uni-jena.de


New Smith

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CENTROW

 
Alistair Smith  

 

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Bio in brief

He holds a MPhil degree in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. During the eighties, as an anti-apartheid student activist, he was also involved in the ‘coloured’ townships around Johannesburg in community organizing and labour solidarity activities. He joined the Metal and Allied Workers Union (later NUMSA) in 1986 where he served in different capacities, including as local organizer, national negotiator and research coordinator. After 1994, he worked as the local trade union coordinator of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and was also employed as a research coordinator at the National Labour Economic Development Institute, linked to Cosatu. He later occupied leadership positions in key labour market institutions, including the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council. (MEIBC). He also worked for the ILO as a specialist in Social Dialogue and Labour administration, in South Asia.

He is particularly interested in better understanding and investigating the dynamics of a rapidly changing world of work from the perspective of the global south, especially in relation to the digital economy and its implications for governance, worker organization and collective action.

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Prof Edward Websterbw2

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Distinguished Research Professor

Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of Witwatersrand

 
Prof Edward Webster  

 

Specialisation

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He was the first Ela Bhatt Professor at the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at Kassel University in Germany in 2009/2010. In 2009 his co-authored book, Grounding Globalisation: Labour in the Age of Insecurity was awarded the prestigious American Sociological Association award for the best scholarly monograph published on labour.

He is currently writing a book on Work and Inequality in the Digital Age: A Global South Perspective on the Future of Labour.

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New Weiss

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CENTROW

Institut fuer Arbeitsrecht Goethe Universitaet

 
Prof Manfred Weiss  

 

Specialisation

German, International, European and Comparative Labour Law

Bio in brief

Professor emeritus since 2008.

Visiting Professor in many universities all over the world. 2000 - 2003 President of ILERA. 1998 - 2002 Deputy President of German Lawyers' Association (DJT). For many years Consultant to the International Labour Organisation since 1980 and to the Commission of the EU. Technical Assistance to many countries (including South Africa).

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Administrator

University of Western Cape

 
Candice James  

 

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Candice James is the administrator for CENTROW as well as the African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice. She completed her LLB degree at UWC in 2018 and subsequently completed her LLM in Multilevel Governance, Law and Policy with the Dullah Omar Institute at UWC. As mentioned, she also works as an administrator and part time researcher for the Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work.

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cajames@uwc.ac.za


New Swartz

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Administrator HR and Finance

University of Western Cape

 
Annalize Swartz  

 

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During her professional career, she has developed a passion for working with the public as she worked with non-profit organisations. Her experience stretches further where she has worked with several Publishers, doing typesetting of Discussion Papers, brochures, biographical books for NGO clients, amongst which are Wits University Press, the Brenthurst Foundation, the Centre for Enterprise and Development, SAIIA, and others. This experience has resulted in Annalize having a keen eye for detail and a strong work ethic. Since early in her professional career she has worked at several financial institutions, including Barclays Bank, Wesbank and First National Bank including a temporary position with a small accountancy firm. Furthermore, she has held several positions as Personal Assistant, amongst which are ESKOM Line Transmission, Mondi Paper Exports and a Financial Advisor at First National Bank. She explored the Education sector where she was trained to teach children with Autism. Additionally, she was employed as a temporary Monitor, assisting Grade 1–7 learners in a Learning Centre.

Being the owner of several small businesses has given Annalize the ability to manage staff and important business components. She has extensive experience in high-level administrative and supportive functions and the ability to provide practical solutions to problems.

Her formal education has included a diploma in Theology, THRASS (teaching reading, writing and spelling skills), Bookkeeping, Administration, (current: Business Management). This has proved to be valuable in her position as Office Manager at the Social Law Project, where she has gained much experience with the University administrative systems.

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New Williams

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Administrator: Education

University of Western Cape

 
Tenille Williams  

 

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Her experience and knowledge gained from her studies in business assist her in overseeing the administrative operational processes of the Labour Law programmes offered by Social Law Project. Her information management skills enable effective and efficient reporting on various operational processes and student performance.

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  Arbeidsmarketresearch UvA BV 

 

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Arbeidsmarketresearch UvA BV (ARR) is affiliated with the Labour Law department of the University of Amsterdam and was founded in 2010 by Professor Evert Verhulp. ARR develops digital, legal knowledge systems in the field of labour law. Its main goal is to make the law more accessible and give users insight into their legal position.

 

 New Westerncapecolab 
  CoLab for e-Inclusion and Social Innovation 

 

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Since the inception of the CoLab for eInclusion and Social Innovation at the University of the Western Cape (2009) and the establishment of the partnership with national government, it regarded its role as providing research-based thought leadership in terms of the national and provincial discourse and action agenda towards equitable digital inclusion and competitiveness in the digital economy.

To this end, the CoLab participated in national and especially provincial processes to further the digital skills agenda and to develop research outputs, learning content and products for the benefit of the national network of CoLabs and in support of the national digital skills agenda.

Over the past 6 years the CoLab has actively developed its ecosystem of entrepreneurial digital inclusion intermediaries all over the province. The CoLab has invested in the development of this network of trusted delivery partners in order to build our capacity to more sustainable scale our interventions.

The most important role fulfilled by the CoLab is that of catalyst and change agent role, engaging with various stakeholders to elicit support for the human capital development (digital skills) interventions that will contribute towards a digitally inclusive and sustainable society.

 

 New Fairwork 
  Fairwork 

 

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There are now tens of millions of digital platform workers that live all over the world, doing work that is outsourced via platforms or apps.

Platform work provides essential income and opportunities to many. However, lacking protection from employment law or collective bodies, many platform workers face low pay, precarity, and poor and dangerous working conditions.

Fairwork is committed to highlighting best and worst practices in the emerging platform economy. We have brought together platforms, workers, trade unions, regulators, and academics to set global principles for fair work in the platform economy. Those principles have been revised in a series of tripartite workshops in South Africa, India, and Germany. Using those principles, we give every platform a ‘fairness’ score.

Fairwork draws on the expertise of staff at the Universities of Oxford, Cape Town, Manchester, and the Western Cape in work practices and working conditions on digital labour platforms. Project staff work to translate our principles into measurable thresholds, conduct rigorous research to evaluate platforms against those thresholds, and publish our results in a transparent manner.

 

 New Hsi 
  Hugo Sinzheimer Institute for Labour and Social Security Law 

 

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The Hugo Sinzheimer Institute for Labour and Social Security Law (HSI) is a research institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). In the spirit of Sinzheimer, the HSI cultivates an understanding of labour and social security law research that integrates different aspects and includes sociological, legal policy, international and comparative law elements. International law plays a special role, especially the Europeanisation of labour law.

The Institute's fields of work cover the entire field of labour law, with a focus on collective and international labour law, as well as related social security law. It does not only want to pursue fundamental questions and conduct research, but also to deal with topics of current and practical importance for employees, trade unions and works councils in general. It makes an active contribution to the legal policy debates and aims to make the discussion more objective with scientifically substantiated arguments. To this end, the HSI organises conferences and commissions expert opinions from renowned legal scholars. In addition, it participates in scientific and legal policy discussions by giving lectures, issuing statements, participating in various committees and workshops, and publishing its own papers.

 

 New Iej 
  Institute for Economic Justice 

 

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 New Oxford Hub 
  Oxford Human Rights Hub 

 

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The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

OxHRH is based in the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and is directed by Professor Sandra Fredman, the Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA. The Hub is managed by a team of dedicated academics and students.

The Oxford Human Rights Hub strives to build a global community around human rights issues by enhancing the understanding of human rights law and practice.

We harness the power of technology to create a rich and freely accessible body of research and learning tools for students, teachers, academics and advocates of human rights both in Oxford and beyond.

 

 

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COORDINATOR

Children's Rights niche

Professor in Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence

University of the Western Cape

 
Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen  

 

Specialisation

Children's rights in the developing world

Bio in brief

Julia Sloth-Nielsen is Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape and the chair of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at the Child Law Department at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

She was a drafter of the South African Children’s Act, and has contributed to child law reform in many southern and eastern African countries (among them, Mozambique, Lesotho, Malawi, and South Sudan). She has published widely on child and family law issues, including in the areas of customary family law, juvenile justice, child-headed households, and access to justice.

Prof Sloth-Nielsen served as a member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child between 2011 and 2016. Currently she serves as a member of an international expert group on surrogacy, co-convenes an annual summer school in Leiden on the frontiers of children’s rights, and co-convenes an annual conference on child and family law in Cape Town.

A staff member at UWC since 1994, Prof Sloth-Nielsen has extensive postgraduate supervision experience, with more than 70 students having graduated under her supervision, and has also lectured internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, China, and the United Kingdom.

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RESEARCHER

Children's Rights niche

Associate Professor

Department of Private Law, UWC Law Faculty

 
Assoc Prof Anthony C Diala  

 

Specialisation

Legal pluralism, indigenous African law, good governance and human rights

Bio in brief

Anthony C. Diala is a legal anthropologist, an advocate, and an associate professor in the Department of Private Law at UWC. His interdisciplinary research focuses on legal pluralism, specifically the interplay of African customary law and state law, and their effect on law reforms and legal emancipation. He has researched, lectured, and advocated across four continents, notably in the International Criminal Court at the Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda, the Justice and Peace Commission, Nigeria, and universities in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland.

Diala is rated as an ‘established researcher’ (C2) by the South African National Research Foundation. He is the 2020 Diaspora Scholar at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a workshop leader for the Next Generation in Africa programme of the Social Science Research Council of New York, a member of the Research Quality Plus College of Reviewers of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and a member of the College of Senior Mentors of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He has won grants and held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Nordic Africa Institute, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the Institute of International Education, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the South African National Research Foundation.

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adiala@uwc.ac.za


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 New Leiden University 
  Leiden University 

 

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Leiden Law School is one of Leiden University’s seven faculties. Its research is not limited to one single spearhead; rahter, it strives to conduct cutting-edge research across the full breadth of the law.

 

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Global assessments present a disconcerting view of the condition of the environment, a condition that is likely to have a severe impact on the survival of humankind. Humankind is rapidly transgressing existing planetary boundaries. This apocalyptic nightmare is, however, not equally applicable to everyone, as the poorest and most vulnerable will be harder hit by environmental degradation than others. Environmental degradation will exacerbate inequity and inequality. Hence, the environmental crisis is closely associated with issues of equity and justice.

This crisis raises questions about the adequacy of law as a mechanism to counter global environmental degradation. It seems that environmental law is fraught with structural shortcomings that necessitate an innovative, and perhaps radical, revision of its tenets in order to address a looming environmental crisis. The specific nature of global environmental challenges and the dire consequences of phenomena such as climate change necessitate the rapid and flexible development of law.

Against this backdrop, the Global Environmental Law (GEL) research niche aims to foster legal research and innovation to enhance the ways that global environmental law responds to the environmental crisis. The niche area pursues its objectives through, inter alia:

  • organising annual international seminars on critical topics;
  • hosting leading international scholars;
  • postgraduate supervision;
  • academic publications; and
  • International collaboration.

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New Scholtz

COORDINATOR

Global Environmental Law niche

Head of Department: Public Law and Jurisprudence

University of the Western Cape

 
Prof Werner Scholtz  

 

Specialisation

International environmental law, in particular, international wildlife welfare law

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Werner Scholtz is a Senior Professor of Law and Head of Department in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence at UWC.

Prof Scholtz obtained his doctorate in law from Leiden University in 2001, and specialises in international environmental law. His current research focuses on the consequences of the increasing importance of animal welfare for international wildlife law, and has resulted in publications in Transnational Environmental Law, the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy as well as a book publication.

An internationally acclaimed National Research Foundation-rated researcher, Prof Scholtz frequently acts as a speaker at conferences and seminars. He is a member of, inter alia, the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change, the ILA Committee on Recognition/Non-recognition, and the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on International Environmental Law. He also serves on the editorial board of the SADC Law Journal, and as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow.

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wscholtz@uwc.ac.za


New Kasker

RESEARCHER

Global Environmental Law niche

Lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence

University of the Western Cape

 
Dr Muhammad Sameer Kasker  

 

Specialisation

International environmental law, specifically global environmental governance; academic development

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Muhammad Kasker is a researcher in the Global Environmental Law niche and a lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence.

He took his LLB, LLM and LLD degrees at the University of the Western Cape. In 2019, he completed his LLD degree and in the same year was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence. Dr Kasker’s research interests include environmental law as well as academic development.

He completed his LLM dissertation in international environmental law, specifically global environmental governance. His LLD thesis in international environmental law focused on international water law and sustainable development and management of water. Dr Kasker’s academic career began in 2013 when he tutored English for Educational Development in Law. As the years went on, he began to lecture in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (2017-2018) and Legal Systems (2019) for first-year students. He is currently co-lecturing to final-year students on the South African bill of rights as well as environmental law, in addition to which he lectures in the postgraduate courses, Environmental Law and International Environmental Law.

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Profile Duncan French

EXTRAORDINARY PROFESSOR

Global Environmental Law niche

Head of Law School

University of Lincoln

 
Prof Duncan French  

 

Specialisation

International environmental law and the international legal implications of sustainable development; subject specialisms: public international law, international environmental law, international legal implications of sustainable development, international economic law, international dispute settlement

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Professor Duncan French is Head of the Lincoln Law School and Professor of International Law. He is a leading academic on international environmental law and the international legal implications of sustainable development. He has written extensively in these areas, as well as writing generally on both broader questions of public international law (eg. treaty interpretation), international economic and investment law, and international dispute settlement. He has secondary research interests in international law of the sea and Antarctica.

As a key figure in the global debate on sustainable development, he has been co-rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on the International Law on Sustainable Development for ten years (2002-2012). He was also Chairman of the ILA Study Group on International Law and Due Diligence (2012-2016).

In his capacity as a senior research fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, Professor French spoke to diplomats at the UN Headquarters (New York) in April 2012 on the role of international tribunals in resolving complex environmental and socio-economic disputes. In 2017, he was on a UN technical experts committee considering environmental crime. Recent publications include: D. French and L. Kotzé (eds.), Sustainable Development Goals: Law, Theory and Implementation (Edward Elgar, 2018) and V. Ruiz Abou-Nigm, K. McCall-Smith and D. French (eds.), Linkages and Boundaries in Private and Public International Law (Hart, 2018).

Professor French was Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield from 2009 until 2012, prior to taking up his new post as the Head of Lincoln Law School in February 2012. He became the Pro Vice Chancellor in January 2019. He is also Co-Director of the Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law and Justice.

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Profile Alexander Gillespie

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Global Environmental Law niche

Professor of Law

University of Waikato

 
Prof Alexander Gillespie  

 

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Professor Gillespie's areas of scholarship pertain to international and comparative environmental law, the laws of war and a number of pressing issues of social concern such as drug policy and refugees.

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Professor Alexander Gillespie obtained his LLB and LLM degrees with Honours from The University of Auckland. He did his PhD at Nottingham and post-doctoral studies at Colombia University in New York City. His areas of scholarship pertain to international and comparative environmental law; the laws of war; civil liberties; and a number of pressing issues of social concern.

Prof Gillespie has published 16 books. The latest works have been Waste Policy: International Regulation, Comparative and Contextual Perspectives. (Edward Elgar, London, 2015); International Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics. (OUP, Second edition, 2015); and the Causes of War: Volume II (1000-1400) and Volume III (1400-1650), both published by Bloomsbury, NYC, 2017. The Long Road to Sustainability, published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, late 2017, is his most recent work. He has also written over forty academic articles.

Prof Gillespie has been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a residency at the Rockerfeller Bellagio Centre in Italy, and the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. His most recent award was from the Franqcui Foundation in Belgium, with which he held a professorship at Ghent University for six months during 2018/2019. He has also been the lawyer/expert on a number of international delegations and advised the New Zealand government on multiple matters of international concern. Professor Gillespie was the first New Zealander to be named Rapporteur for the World Heritage Convention, involving international environmental diplomacy under the auspice of UNESCO. Alexander has also been engaged in policy formation for the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and governmental, commercial and non-governmental organisations in New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. He has also made a number of appearances before the Waitangi Tribunal and Select Committees of the New Zealand Parliament.

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Profile Lynette Thomas

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Global Environmental Law niche

Departmental administrator

University of the Western Cape

 
Lynette Thomas  

 

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Lynette Thomas is the administrator of the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence.

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 Partner University Antwerp 
  Law and Development research group, University of Antwerp 

 

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The Law and Development research group studies whether and how law can enhance human dignity and global justice, in particular for those adversely affected by economic and other forms of globalization. This question is addressed through the prism of both structural inequality between states in North and South (‘developed’ versus ‘developing’ states), and within states.

 

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Steeped in a culture of human rights and constitutionalism, the Faculty has a proud tradition of socially engaged research and publication. This research portal highlights our continued engagement with some of the most critical issues our time -- from climate threats and corruption to far-reaching changes in the employment landscape, the situation of children and families in Africa, the way that legal-political systems can be engineered for liberation or enslavement, and more.

The Faculty consists of research niches, centres and institutes, as well as departments; we also publish two peer-reviewed journals, in addition to a range of other works.

Faculty structure

Research niches
      • Global Environmental Law (GEL)
        Global environmental degradation in the Anthropocene is a pressing issue that requires an innovative and radical legal response.
        • Labour Law in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (LL4.0)
          This niche area focuses on a question presenting fundamental challenges for labour and social security law internationally: the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ (platform work, artificial intelligence, automation, robotification) and its impact.
        Centres and institutes
          • Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights
            The Dullah Omar Institute , formerly the Community Law Centre, at the University of the Western Cape, established in 1990, works to realise the democratic values and human rights enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution. It is founded on the belief that our constitutional order must promote good governance, socio-economic development and the protection of the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Given the need for regional integration to encourage development in Africa, the Centre also seeks to advance human rights and democracy in this broader context. Based on high quality research, the Centre engages in policy development, advocacy and educational initiatives, focusing on areas critical to the realisation of human rights and democracy in South Africa and Africa in general.
            • Social Law Project
              A dynamic research and training unit staffed by a core of legal professionals specialising in labour and social security law. It provides training services in labour and social security law with a focus on client-specific training needs, and conducts applied research supportive of the development of employment rights and rights-based culture in the workplace.
              • South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice
                Set up in 2008 as one of the five Centres of Excellence in Africa, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office. The Criminal Justice Division of the Centre is based in the Law Faculty and runs the LLM and PhD programme ‘Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention - An International and African Perspective’ in conjunction with the Law Faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
              Departments
                • Criminal Justice and Procedure
                  The Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure offers a select menu of highly sought-after elective courses in criminal law, child justice, conveyancing, legal process, and comparative criminal justice. The Department also conducts and publishes internationally recognised research in these subject areas.
                  • Mercantile and Labour Law
                    The Department of Mercantile and Labour Law introduces students to the world of commercial and business law. The Department’s focus is on developing student and staffs’ critical thinking skills and supplying them with practical, transferable capabilities to positively contribute to the legal profession or corporate field.
                    • Public Law and Jurisprudence
                      The Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence prides itself on the extensive variety of courses it offers, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as its strong record of high quality research. In addition to the courses that are traditionally regarded as falling within public law and jurisprudence the Department presents a diverse menu of elective courses including, among others, Advanced Public Law, Environmental law, Gender Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, and the South African Bill of Rights.
                      • Private Law
                        The Department of Private Law continues to offer academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a range of topics including Legal Systems, Customary Law, Family Law, Property Law, Intellectual Property Law, Muslim Personal Law and Law of Trusts. Members of the Department also offer high level expertise and research in these specialist subjects.
                      Journals
                        • Law, Democracy & Development (LDD)
                          LDD focuses on the way that the law regulates important aspects of the economic process such as trade and industry, labour, the environment, education, training and culture; the protection and extension of rights which drive and mould socio-economic development such as political rights, gender rights, children's rights, labour rights and other rights which enable the individual to participate in civil society; and the influence of international and regional developments in the areas of policy and law on socio-economic development.
                          • Journal of Anti-Corruption Law (JACL)
                            Corruption is a major problem in all parts of the world and its calamitous effects are well documented. JACL is a project of the Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure in the Faculty of Law. It is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal which publishes articles, case notes and comments on any issue relevant to corruption in particular and to economic crimes in general, including money-laundering, racketeering and fraud.

                          Our teams

                          Research niche: Children's Rights and Family Law in the African Context

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                          Research niche: Global Environmental Law

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                          Prof Werner Scholtz
                          Coordinator

                          Dr Muhammad Sameer Kasker
                          Researcher
                          Prof Duncan French
                          Research associate
                          Prof Alexander Gillespie
                          Research associate 

                           

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                          Research niche: Labour Law in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

                           New Benjamin 130 X130 New Dutoit 130 X130  New Beukman 130 X130  New Booys 130 X130  

                          Prof Paul Benjamin
                          Coordinator

                          Prof Darcy du Toit
                          Coordinator
                          Ratula Beukman
                          Researcher
                          Ernest Booys
                          Researcher 

                           

                           New Davids 130 X130 New Kondo 130 X130  New Mullagee 130 X130  New Ronnie 130 X130  

                          Sedica Davids
                          Researcher

                          Dr Tinashe Kondo
                          Researcher
                          Fairuz Mullagee
                          Researcher
                          Roger Ronnie
                          Researcher 

                           

                           

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                          Centres and institutes: Centre for Legal Integration in Africa (CLIA)

                           New Dialo 130 X130 Profile J Deville 130 X130  Profile F Du Toit 130 X130  New Mwambene 130 X130  

                          Assoc Prof Anthony C Diala
                          Acting Director

                          Prof Jacques de Ville
                          Founding Dean of Law
                          Prof Francois du Toit
                          Founding member
                          Prof Lea Mwambene
                          Founding member 
                           Profile M Abduroaf 130 X130 Profile Ashraf Booley 130 X130  Main Default Bw 130 X130  Profile P Lenaghan 130 X130  

                          Dr Muneer Abduroaf
                          Board member

                          Dr Ashraf Booley
                          Board member
                          Prof Wessel Le Roux
                          Board member
                          Prof Patricia Lenaghan
                          Board member 
                           Profile N Moosa 130 X130 Profile S Ngombane 130 X130  Profile N Sibanda 130 X130  Clia Cotton 130 X130  

                          Prof Najma Moosa
                          Board member

                          Adv Sithe Ngombane
                          Board member
                          Dr Nkanyiso Sibanda
                          Board member
                          Sonya Ruth Cotton
                          Research associate 

                           

                           

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                          Centres and institutes: African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice (ACTCJ)

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                          Jentley Lenong
                          Research associate

                          Prof Benyam D Mezmur
                          Director

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                          Journal editors

                          Law, Democracy & Development

                          The editors of Law, Democracy & Development are:

                          Radley Henrico (Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape): Editor-in-Chief

                          Riekie Wandrag (Associate Professor of Law, University of the Western Cape)

                          Jamil Mujuzi (Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape)

                          Jacques de Ville (Professor, Dean of Law, University of the Western Cape)

                          Kitty Malherbe (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape)

                          Ebenezer Durojaye (Coordinator, Socio-Economic Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape)

                          Tinashe Kondo (Lecturer, University of the Western Cape)

                          Robert Nanima (Post-doctoral research, Dullah Omar Institute)

                          Sarah Fick (Senior lecturer, University of the Western Cape)

                           

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                          Journal of Anti-Corruption Law

                          The editors of the Journal of Anti-Corruption Law are:

                          Prof Lovell Fernandez, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

                          Prof Raymond Koen, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

                          Prof Jamil Mujuzi, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

                          Prof Abraham Hamman, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape

                          Dr Norman Mugarura, Makerere University Business School, Uganda

                           

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                          Faculty members

                          Click on the links below to view the profiles of current and former members of faculty.


                          Our partners

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                            Arbeidsmarketresearch UvA BV 

                           

                          About

                          Arbeidsmarketresearch UvA BV (ARR) is affiliated with the Labour Law department of the University of Amsterdam and was founded in 2010 by Professor Evert Verhulp. ARR develops digital, legal knowledge systems in the field of labour law. Its main goal is to make the law more accessible and give users insight into their legal position.

                           

                           New Westerncapecolab 
                            CoLab for e-Inclusion and Social Innovation 

                           

                          About

                          Since the inception of the CoLab for eInclusion and Social Innovation at the University of the Western Cape (2009) and the establishment of the partnership with national government, it regarded its role as providing research-based thought leadership in terms of the national and provincial discourse and action agenda towards equitable digital inclusion and competitiveness in the digital economy.

                          To this end, the CoLab participated in national and especially provincial processes to further the digital skills agenda and to develop research outputs, learning content and products for the benefit of the national network of CoLabs and in support of the national digital skills agenda.

                          Over the past 6 years the CoLab has actively developed its ecosystem of entrepreneurial digital inclusion intermediaries all over the province. The CoLab has invested in the development of this network of trusted delivery partners in order to build our capacity to more sustainable scale our interventions.

                          The most important role fulfilled by the CoLab is that of catalyst and change agent role, engaging with various stakeholders to elicit support for the human capital development (digital skills) interventions that will contribute towards a digitally inclusive and sustainable society.

                           

                           New Fairwork 
                            Fairwork 

                           

                          About

                          There are now tens of millions of digital platform workers that live all over the world, doing work that is outsourced via platforms or apps.

                          Platform work provides essential income and opportunities to many. However, lacking protection from employment law or collective bodies, many platform workers face low pay, precarity, and poor and dangerous working conditions.

                          Fairwork is committed to highlighting best and worst practices in the emerging platform economy. We have brought together platforms, workers, trade unions, regulators, and academics to set global principles for fair work in the platform economy. Those principles have been revised in a series of tripartite workshops in South Africa, India, and Germany. Using those principles, we give every platform a ‘fairness’ score.

                          Fairwork draws on the expertise of staff at the Universities of Oxford, Cape Town, Manchester, and the Western Cape in work practices and working conditions on digital labour platforms. Project staff work to translate our principles into measurable thresholds, conduct rigorous research to evaluate platforms against those thresholds, and publish our results in a transparent manner.

                           

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                            Hugo Sinzheimer Institute for Labour and Social Security Law 

                           

                          About

                          The Hugo Sinzheimer Institute for Labour and Social Security Law (HSI) is a research institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). In the spirit of Sinzheimer, the HSI cultivates an understanding of labour and social security law research that integrates different aspects and includes sociological, legal policy, international and comparative law elements. International law plays a special role, especially the Europeanisation of labour law.

                          The Institute's fields of work cover the entire field of labour law, with a focus on collective and international labour law, as well as related social security law. It does not only want to pursue fundamental questions and conduct research, but also to deal with topics of current and practical importance for employees, trade unions and works councils in general. It makes an active contribution to the legal policy debates and aims to make the discussion more objective with scientifically substantiated arguments. To this end, the HSI organises conferences and commissions expert opinions from renowned legal scholars. In addition, it participates in scientific and legal policy discussions by giving lectures, issuing statements, participating in various committees and workshops, and publishing its own papers.

                           

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                            Institute for Economic Justice 

                           

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                          Website

                          https://iej.org.za/

                           

                           Partner Clp 
                            International Commission on Legal Pluralism  

                           

                          About

                          The Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism -as it was originally called- was established in 1978 by the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), and affiliated with the International Association of Legal Science (IALS), on the initiative of professor G. van den Steenhoven, of the Institute of Folk Law, Nijmegen University, the Netherlands.

                           

                           Partner University Antwerp 
                            Law and Development research group, University of Antwerp 

                           

                          About

                          The Law and Development research group studies whether and how law can enhance human dignity and global justice, in particular for those adversely affected by economic and other forms of globalization. This question is addressed through the prism of both structural inequality between states in North and South (‘developed’ versus ‘developing’ states), and within states.

                           

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                            Leiden University 

                           

                          About

                          Leiden Law School is one of Leiden University’s seven faculties. Its research is not limited to one single spearhead; rahter, it strives to conduct cutting-edge research across the full breadth of the law.

                           

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                            Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies  

                           

                          About

                          The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is Nigeria’s apex Institution for research and advanced studies in law. It was a brainchild of the legal academic community established in March 1979. One of the main ideas in founding the Institute was to establish it as the centre for advanced legal research for all the Nigerian universities with Faculties of Law, so that all postgraduate work could be undertaken there under the joint auspices of the most experienced and learned academic lawyers available in the country, whether indigenous or foreign.

                           

                           New Oxford Hub 
                            Oxford Human Rights Hub 

                           

                          About

                          The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

                          OxHRH is based in the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and is directed by Professor Sandra Fredman, the Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA. The Hub is managed by a team of dedicated academics and students.

                          The Oxford Human Rights Hub strives to build a global community around human rights issues by enhancing the understanding of human rights law and practice.

                          We harness the power of technology to create a rich and freely accessible body of research and learning tools for students, teachers, academics and advocates of human rights both in Oxford and beyond.

                           

                           

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                          centre for legal integration

                          Our history
                          Our mission
                          Thematic focus
                          Our team
                          Our partners

                          Our history

                          The Centre for Legal Integration in Africa (CLIA) was born on 12 October 2020 after its approval by the Council of the University of the Western Cape. With a stellar team of researchers and advisory board, CLIA is designed to be a confluence of interdisciplinary research on the interaction of legal orders in sub-Saharan Africa. Its high-quality research will be disseminated through scholarly publications, workshops, conferences and visiting fellowships, as well as postgraduate teaching and supervision.


                          Our mission

                          From the colonial era, the interaction of legal orders, otherwise known as legal pluralism, has been problematic in sub-Saharan Africa. However, history suggests that the laws imposed on African countries through colonial transplants and their accompanying socioeconomic changes will eventually merge with indigenous African laws. While post-apartheid law reforms point towards a South African common law, systematic research on legal integration is missing.

                          To fill this gap, CLIA pioneers interdisciplinary research, policy engagement and social outreach on legal pluralism in Africa. It uses the innovative concept of adaptive legal pluralism to shift scholarly and policy attention from conflict of laws to dialogue between state laws and indigenous African laws. Through the interdisciplinary expertise of its members and research associates in law, anthropology, history and political science, it targets development practitioners and policy makers such as judges, ministry of justice officials, traditional leaders and law reform commissions.


                          Thematic focus

                          Research and publication

                          • Research on the interaction of state laws and indigenous African laws, including religious laws such as Hindu and Islamic laws, with the aim of legal integration in South Africa.
                          • Convene biennial conferences on themes related to the interaction of laws in Africa.
                          • Publications in scholarly outlets.

                          Intellectual capacity-building

                          • Coordinate quarterly seminars on African customary law by staff and postgraduate students from neighbouring universities.
                          • Convene regular guest lectures by local and international experts in legal pluralism.
                          • Initiate research visits and exchanges.
                          • Organise biannual empirical methodology workshops for academic staff and students.
                          • Offer internships to postgraduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Law.

                          Teaching and supervision

                          • Implement a niche postgraduate programme, Legal Pluralism and Family Law in Africa.
                          • Supervise masters and doctoral students on themes related to legal pluralism, African customary law and religious legal systems.
                          • Mentor doctoral and postdoctoral fellows.

                          Outreach and advocacy

                          • Engage with law reform efforts.
                          • Provide a resource hub for government, civil society, scholars, and international organisations interested in legal integration in Africa.
                          • Advise development agents, business entities, and research organisations, in recognition that legal regulation is crucial to development.
                          • Engage with organs of the African Union such as the Economic, Social and Cultural Council and the Specialised Technical Committees.
                          • Partner with the International Commission on Legal Pluralism (formerly the Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism) and similar organisations that work on legal pluralism.

                          Our team

                          Management board

                          New Dialo

                          ACTING DIRECTOR

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Associate Professor

                          Department of Private Law, UWC Law Faculty

                           
                          Assoc Prof Anthony C Diala  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal pluralism, indigenous African law, good governance and human rights

                          Bio in brief

                          Anthony C. Diala is a legal anthropologist, an advocate, and an associate professor in the Department of Private Law at UWC. His interdisciplinary research focuses on legal pluralism, specifically the interplay of African customary law and state law, and their effect on law reforms and legal emancipation. He has researched, lectured, and advocated across four continents, notably in the International Criminal Court at the Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda, the Justice and Peace Commission, Nigeria, and universities in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland.

                          Diala is rated as an ‘established researcher’ (C2) by the South African National Research Foundation. He is the 2020 Diaspora Scholar at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a workshop leader for the Next Generation in Africa programme of the Social Science Research Council of New York, a member of the Research Quality Plus College of Reviewers of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and a member of the College of Senior Mentors of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He has won grants and held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Nordic Africa Institute, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the Institute of International Education, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the South African National Research Foundation.

                          Publication overview

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                          Contact

                          adiala@uwc.ac.za
                          Profile J Deville

                          DEAN OF LAW

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Dean of Faculty of Law

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Jacques de Ville  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal and constitutional theory, statutory interpretation, administrative law

                          Bio in brief

                          Prof Jacques de Ville is Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWC. He is the author of a number of publications in the area of public law, including Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (Interdoc Publishers, 2000) and Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa (LexisNexis/Butterworths, 2003).

                          His research and publications currently focus on deconstruction, psychoanalysis and constitutional theory. This includes the translation of and contribution to a book on legal philosophy, the translation of a text of Jacques Derrida, and two books on Derrida and his relation to law.

                          Publication overview

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                          jdeville@uwc.ac.za
                          Profile F Du Toit

                          FOUNDING MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Head of Department (Private Law)

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Francois du Toit  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Succession law and trust law

                          Bio in brief

                          Francois du Toit teaches and researches in Succession Law and Trust Law. He is an NRF B-rated researcher in these disciplines. He is a former Deputy Dean of the UWC Law Faculty, and is currently the Head of the Private Law Department. Francois held a COIMBRA Scholarship for researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa to the University of Groningen (2011); he was a research fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford (2013); he served as a member of an international peer-review committee for the evaluation of the Onderzoekschool Ius Commune, a research school collaboratively organised by the faculties of law of the universities of Maastricht, Utrecht, Leuven and Amsterdam (2013), as well as for a committee evaluating the Law Faculty of the University of Groningen (2016); he was a research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Law School (2014); and he was a visiting professor at the Center of Civil Law Studies at the Louisiana State University Law Center (2016 and 2018).

                          Publication overview

                          'Remedying formal irregularities in wills: a comparative analysis of testamentary rescue in Canada and South Africa'. Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 1-24 (2020)

                          'The proposed dispensing power regarding formally-irregular wills: lessons from the South African experience with testamentary rescue'. Law Quarterly Review 136 (1), 191-195 (2020)

                          Fundamentals of South African Trust Law. F du Toit, B Smith (2019) 'Not-for-profit organizations and equality law'. Research Handbook on Not-For-Profit Law, 231-251 (2018)

                          'The core elements of the South African trust and the remedies of trust beneficiaries'. La Fiducie: Assise Théorique et Applications Pratiques / Trusts in Civil Law … (2018)

                          'Trusts in mixed jurisdictions - aspects of the Louisiana and South African trusts compared'. Tulane European and Civil Law Forum 33, 1-40 (2018)

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                          New Mwambene

                          FOUNDING MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Professor of Law in Department of Private Law

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Lea Mwambene  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Children and women's rights at the intersection of African customary law and internationally recognised human rights; comparative law, customary law, legal and cultural pluralism

                          Bio in brief

                          Lea Mwambene is a Professor of Law in the Department of Private Law at UWC, as well as the Faculty of Law's Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning. Her teaching and research interests are in the general fields of African customary law and human rights.

                          Driven by concern about the interaction between law, ideology and social practice, her recent research, in collaboration with national and international experts, includes fieldwork that measures the impact of reformed laws and policies on the enjoyment of human rights by women and children governed by customary rules and practices.

                          An Honours graduate of the University of Malawi, Lea holds an LLD and LLM from UWC. She was the winner in 2016 of the UWC Law Faculty's Best Emerging Researcher’s Award, and is, among other things, the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles.

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                          lmwambene@uwc.ac.za
                          Profile M Abduroaf

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Senior lecturer

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Dr Muneer Abduroaf  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Islamic Law, Succession Law, Family Law, Procedural Law

                          Bio in brief

                          Dr Muneer Abduroaf is a law lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure. He is both an admitted attorney and a sworn translator of the High Court of South Africa. He is also a marriage officer for the Department of Home Affairs.

                          Dr Muneer Abduroaf is a CRL Rights Commissioner appointed by the President of South Africa to promote and protect cultural, religious and linguistic rights. The CRL Rights Commission is a Chapter 9 Institution.

                          Dr Muneer Abduroaf has obtained an LLD Law Degree, an LLM Law Degree, an LLB Law Degree, and a Diploma in Arabic Linguistics during his academic career.

                          Publication overview

                          Articles

                          ‘Comparing the Application of the Islamic Law of Succession and Administration of Estates in Singapore with South Africa’ (2020) 41(1) Obiter Law Journal 122 135

                          'An analysis of the Rationale Behind the Distribution of Shares in terms of the Islamic Law of Intestate Succession' (2020) 53 De Jure Law Journal 115 122

                          ‘The Impact of the South African Law of Succession and Administration of Estates on South African Muslims’ (2019) 27(2) Jurnal Syariah 321 366

                          ‘A Constitutional Analysis of an Islamic Will within the South African Context’ (2019) 52(2) De Jure Law Journal 257 266

                          ‘An Analysis of Renunciation in terms of s 2(C)(1) of the Wills Act 7 of 1953 in light of the Moosa NO and Others v Harnaker and Others Judgment’ (2019) 7 Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) 15 21

                          Chapters in books

                          (with Moosa N) ‘Implications of the Official Designation of Muslim Clergy as Authorised Civil Marriage Officers for Muslim Polygynous, Interfaith and Same-Sex Marriages in South Africa’ (2017) in Brinig M and Banda F (eds) The International Survey of Family Law Bristol: Lexis Nexis 323 359

                          (with Moosa N) ‘Islamic Law Mode of Estate Distribution in South Africa’ (2016) in Atkin B and Banda F (eds) International Survey of Family Law United Kingdom: Jordan Publishing 457 479​

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                          Profile Ashraf Booley

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Senior lecturer

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Dr Ashraf Booley  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Islamic Law, Succession Law, Family Law, Procedural Law

                          Bio in brief

                          Ashraf Booley is a senior lecturer in the Department of Private Law at UWC. His research centres on the constitutionally based rights and freedoms of women in Islam, including a comparative analysis of the various religious codifications of Muslim personal law in legal systems in Africa with a particular focus on North Africa.

                          He has presented specialised lectures in International Humanitarian Law and Gender Equality and Women’s Rights at Masters’ level. His doctoral thesis is titled “Women’s Rights and Freedoms in Islamic Jurisprudence pertaining to Marriage and Divorce: Lessons for South Africa from Morocco and Tunisia”. He has published widely and presented numerous papers on the rights of women in Islam. His scholarship is exemplified by a critical comparative engagement with the constitutional work undertaken in Morocco and Tunisia following the Arab spring, with specific reference to the South African legal and constitutional contexts.

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                          abooley@uwc.ac.za
                          Main Default Bw

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Professor of Public Law and Jurisprudence

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Wessel Le Roux  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Bio in brief

                          Wessel le Roux has been Professor in Public Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) since January 2011. He teaches courses in Immigration and Refugee law, Statutory Interpretation, and Constitutional Rights Interpretation. He was awarded an LLD degree in Legal Philosophy (jurisprudence) by the University of Pretoria in 2002, for a thesis entitled “The aesthetic republic: Law and judgment in Nietzsche, Arendt and Lyotard”.

                          Before assuming his position at the UWC, he taught jurisprudence and constitutional law at the University of South Africa (UNISA), where he also served as the Head of the VerLoren van Themaat Centre for Public Law Studies (from 2006 to 2010). During this period he was awarded a Georg Foster research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2008-2009).

                          Wessel le Roux’s published research focusses on (i) the aesthetics of law and legal culture, with specific reference to courtroom design and architecture; and (ii) conceptions of democracy and citizenship in post-apartheid constitutional law, with specific reference to the relationship between democracy and migration.

                          Publication overview

                          Chapters in books

                          “Economic migration, disaggregated citizenship, and the right to vote in post-apartheid South Africa” in R Danish (ed) Citizens of the world: Pluralism, migration and practices of citizenship (2011) Rodolphi Press 119-137

                          “Migration, street democracy and expatriate voting rights” in Stu Woolman and David Bilchitz (eds) Is this seat taken? Conversations at the Bar, Bench and the Academy about the South African Constitution (2012) PULP 141-166.

                          “Advancing domestic workers’ rights in a context of transformative constitutionalism” in Du Toit, D (ed) Exploited, undervalued - and essential: Domestic workers and the realisation of their rights (2013) 31-64 PULP Pretoria.

                          “Descriptive overview of the South African Constitution and Constitutional Court” in Viljoen, F (ed) Transformative constitutionalism: Comparing the apex courts of Brazil, India and South Africa (2013) 135-175 PULP Pretoria.

                          Accredited research articles

                          “In search of alternatives to pre-emptive immigration detention (or not): a review of recent South African case law” (2011) CILSA 3-30 (co-authored with Servious Hungwe)

                          “The democratic turn and (the limits of) constitutional patriotism after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Albutt v CSVR” (2012) Constitutional Court Review 51-72

                          Book reviews

                          “Dissonance, democracy and the future of courtroom design in England” (2012) 20:3 Feminist Legal Studies 284-286

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                          Profile P Lenaghan

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Professor of Mercantile and Labour Law

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Patricia Lenaghan  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          International trade law, development, regional integration and EU law

                          Bio in brief

                          Patricia Lenaghan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law where she specialises in international trade law, regional integration and development as well as European Union law. She also teaches in the International Trade and Investment Law Masters Programme at the University of Pretoria.

                          The focus of her Master’s thesis is the role of Geographic InProf Lenaghan has written on the field of European Union Law, The Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement entered into between the European Union and South Africa as well as the impact of Trade and Globalisation on the Developing Worlddicators as Brand Names with specific reference to the relationship between the European Union and South Africa and her Doctorate focusses on the right to freedom of religion in the public domain in South Africa.

                          In addition to her academic interests, she is a non-practising attorney, notary and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa and practised as such in Gauteng before joining the University of the Western Cape.

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                          Profile N Moosa

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Senior professor

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Najma Moosa  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Comparative Law, Customary Law and Legal and Cultural Pluralism

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                          Najma Moosa is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and currently holds the position of senior professor of law at the University of the Western Cape, where she was also the ‘first’ alumna to receive a masters and doctoral degree in law.

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                          'Debunking prevailing school views pertaining to the apostasy of alleged descendants of SHAYKH YUSUF of MAKASSAR'. UIN Sunan Kalijaga (2020)

                          'The Implications of Varying Statutory Minimum Age Thresholds for Child Consent in Respect of Minors Granted Majority Status through Civil Marriage in South Africa'. Int'l Surv. Fam. LI., 493 (2018)

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                          Profile S Ngombane

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Associate lecturer in Criminal Justice and Procedure

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Adv Sithe Ngombane  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Criminal law and procedure

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                          Advocate Ngombane is alumnus of both Walter Sisulu University and the University of the Free State. He joined the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, in 2018 and has since lectured Law Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Legal Studies and Advanced Civil Procedure.

                          Advocate Ngombane is a member of the Cape Bar subsequent to his passing his pupillage at the same bar. He obtained his LLM degree at the University of the Free State. He obtained his LLB Degree at Walter Sisulu University. Advocate Ngombane is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

                          His practice includes various branches of law including criminal law, commercial litigation, environmental law and administrative law, companies and contracts. He has previously worked at Legal Aid South Africa in Bloemfontein criminal justice department.

                          He also worked as an in-house Counsel at the Department of Environmental Affairs for a short stint. Adv. Ngombane’s research interests include international criminal justice, Africa’s co-operation with the international community in criminal matters, criminal procedure and law of evidence.

                          Adv. Ngombane was part of Student for Law and Social Justice, a non-political organisation that advocates for social justice and advancement of fundamental human rights.

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                          Profile N Sibanda

                          MEMBER

                          Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

                          Lecturer in Private Law

                          University of Western Cape

                           
                          Dr Nkanyiso Sibanda  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          African Customary Law, Law of Property, Law of Contract and Labour Law

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                          Dr Sibanda is a Law Lecturer at UWC and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He obtained a doctorate in Property Law from UWC in 2017, an MA in International Studies from Stellenbosch University, and an LLB from Fort Hare University. He teaches Law of Property, Land Law and Employment Law.

                          His research interests include African Customary Law, Law of Property, Law of Contract and Labour Law. In 2019, the South African Journal on Human Rights bestowed on him the “Best Article by an Emerging Scholar Award” for an entry titled ‘Amending section 25 of the South African Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation: some theoretical considerations of the social-obligation norm of ownership’. The article appeared in the South African Journal on Human Rights issue 35/2 (2019).

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                          ‘Amending section 25 of the South African Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation: Some theoretical considerations of the social-obligation norm of ownership’. South African Journal on Human Rights 35(2) (2019)

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                          Associate members

                          Profile Mancuso

                          ASSOCIATE MEMBER

                          Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology

                          University of Palermo

                           
                          Prof Salvatore Mancuso  

                           

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                          Salvatore Mancuso was born in Palermo (Italy) on 26 October 1963. He got his Bachelor of Law at the University of Palermo (Italy) and has obtained its Ph.D. in Comparative Law at the University of Trieste (Italy) with specialization on African law. He is a Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology at the University of Palermo (Italy), and Honorary Professor of African Law at the Centre for African Laws and Society of Xiangtan University (P.R. of China). He is also Visiting Professor at Somali National University in Mogadishu (Somalia) and Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University Chicago – John Felice Rome Center.

                          He has been the Chair, Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape town, Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology at the University of Macau, Adjunct Professor at the University of Trieste, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne (France), Limoges, Réunion and Lisbon, and has given lectures, among the others, at the Universities of Milan, Turin, Trento, and Salerno (Italy), Asmara (Eritrea), Bissau (Guinea-Bissau) , Hargeisa (Somalia), Omar Bongo (Gabon), Ghana – Legon in Accra (Ghana), Mauritius, Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique), Instituto Superior de Ciências Jurídicas e Sociais (Cape Verde), National Taipei University in Taiwan, China University of Political Sciences and law in Beijing, and East China University of Political Sciences and law in Shanghai (P.R. of China).

                          He has published and edited some books and several articles on Comparative and African Law. He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and Vice President (Events) of the Juris Diversitas group. He is co-coordinator of the TWG on Rule of Law & Justice Reform at the World Bank GFLJD. He is a member of the editorial board of several law journals focused on comparative law and African law.

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                          Associate Professor at Centre for Humanities Research

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Suren Pillay  

                           

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                          Suren Pillay is an Associate Professor in the NRF-DST Flagship on Critical Thought in the African Humanities, Centre for Humanities Research at UWC. From 2007-2010, he was seconded to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa as a Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance Programme. From 2003-2004, he served as a Programme Officer at the Centre for African Studies at Columbia University. He held a position of senior lecturer in the Dept. of Political Studies, UWC, from 1995-2010. Prof. Pillay holds an Mphil, and a PhD in Anthropology with distinction, from Columbia University in New York (2011). He also has a Masters (cum laude) in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

                          While at the HSRC, Pillay led a research team on violence. In 2008, he helped co-ordinate a team of researchers from the HSRC in response to the xenophobic violence which broke out in South Africa. He served as Acting Director in the Centre for Humanities Research in 2011. Pillay also served as Editor of the journal Social Dynamics, published by Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town between 2009 and 2012. He has published extensively in the press, including the Mail and Guardian, Cape Times, Ugandan Monitor, Jerusalem Post, and Al Jazeera international online. His awards include a prestigious Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Award for Anthropological Research, a CHOICE Award from the American Publishers Association for Outstanding Book title (2011), and a Special Mention for authoring one of the ten most downloaded articles in African Studies by the African Studies Association (USA) in 2010.

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                          Profile Emily Wills

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                          Associate Professor of Comparative Politics

                          University of Ottawa

                           
                          Prof Emily Regan Wills  

                           

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                          Emily Regan Wills is an associate professor of comparative politics at the University of Ottawa. She is the co-director of the Community Mobilization in Crisis project, which develops and implements innovative multilingual digital pedagogical tools for teaching community mobilization skills in the Middle East and elsewhere.

                          Her first book, Arab New York: Politics and Community in the Everyday Lives of Arab Americans was published by NYU Press in 2019. Her articles have appeared in Contention, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Constellation, and Middle East Journal, among others.

                          Her current work focuses on the effects of transnational linkages between Middle East and North America on everyday politics in the Arab world, with a particular focus on Palestinian transnationalism.

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                          Clia Zenker

                          ASSOCIATE MEMBER

                          Professor and Chair at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

                          Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

                           
                          Prof Olaf Zenker  

                           

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                          Olaf Zenker is Professor and Chair at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). After earning master’s degrees in Social Anthropology (LSE) and Linguistics & Literature (University of Hamburg), he obtained his PhD at the Integration and Conflict Department at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Martin Luther University in Halle in 2008, and subsequently became a post-doctoral fellow in the Max Planck Fellow Group Law, Organisation, Science and Technology (LOST).

                          In 2009, he joined the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern as Assistant Professor, where he also held an Ambizione Research Fellowship (SNSF) and received his Habilitation in Social Anthropology in 2015. Apart from Visiting Fellowships at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), the University of Cambridge (UK), Harvard University (USA) and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (South Africa), he held Professorships at the University of Cologne, the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), before joining the Martin Luther University in 2019.

                          Focusing on Southern Africa, Northern Ireland and Germany, his research has dealt with political and legal issues such as plural normative orders, statehood, bureaucracy, the rule of law, customary law, traditionality and modernity, inequality, justice, conflict and identity formations, as well as sociolinguistics and anthropological epistemologies. Besides numerous articles, his recent co-edited and authored books include: The State and the Paradox of Customary Law in Africa (Routledge, 2018); South African Homelands as Frontiers: Apartheid’s Loose Ends in the Postcolonial Era (Routledge, 2017); Transition and Justice: Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015); Irish/ness Is All Around Us: Language Revivalism and the Culture of Ethnic Identity in Northern Ireland (Berghahn Books, 2013); and Beyond Writing Culture: Current Intersections of Epistemologies and Representational Practices (Berghahn Books, 2010).

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                          Advocate

                          Private legal practice

                           
                          Adv Msizi Elphas Mbambo  

                           

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                          Msizi Mbambo is a practising advocate based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. From 1999 to 2013, he was a senior family advocate in the Department of Justice and Correctional Services. As a member of Advocates for Transformation, he has served in its various committees. He is also a member of the Black Lawyers Association (BLA), which seeks transformation in the attorneys’ profession.

                          Mbambo is involved in a local community non-profit organisation that assists young people with career guidance. He is engaged in extensive public interest litigation, particularly litigation for indigent clients in the Durban Legal Resource Centre. Advocate Mbambo obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of South Africa in 2004 and law degrees from the University of Natal, Durban in 1996 and 1997.

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                          Profile E Nwauche

                          BOARD MEMBER

                          Head of Department of Private Law

                          Nelson Mandela School of Law, University of Fort Hare

                           
                          Prof Enyinna Sodienye Nwauche  

                           

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                          Enyinna Sodienye Nwauche is a professor of law at the Nelson Mandela School of Law, University of Fort Hare, East London, where he is Head, Department of Private Law. He previously taught at Rhodes University Grahamstown, the University of Botswana and the Rivers State University of Nigeria.

                          He is a rated NRF scholar and has held fellowship and visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Public International Law Heidelberg, the Max Planck Institute for Tax Competition and Intellectual Property Munich Germany, the AHRC Research Centre for IP and IT Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC).

                          Prof Nwauche is a member of the editorial boards of the Constitutional Court Review, Scholarly and Research Communication (SCR) and Speculum Juris. He is acting chair of the Coordinating Committee of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL), member of the African Union (AU) Working Group on a Model Law for the Protection of Cultural Goods and Heritage and former Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission.

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                          Profile C Rautenbach

                          BOARD MEMBER

                          Professor of Law

                          North-West University

                           
                          Prof Christa Rautenbach  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal pluralism, customary law, mixed jurisdictions, cultural diversity, judicial comparativism and the law of succession

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                          Christa Rautenbach has over 30 years of experience as a legal scientist. She has the degrees B Iuris (cum laude), LLB (cum laude), LLM and LLD. She was a public prosecutor in the Department of Justice before she joined the Faculty of Law, North-West University (Potchefstroom), where she holds an appointment as Full Professor.

                          She also holds a number of other positions such as the honorary treasurer of the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa, board member of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, advisory board of the African-German Network of Excellence in Science, secretary of Juris Diversitas and Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Germany.

                          She has published extensively on subjects dealing with legal pluralism, customary law, mixed jurisdictions, cultural diversity, judicial comparativism and the law of succession, and also presented numerous papers on these subjects globally.

                          She is co-editor and co-author of two leading books in South Africa, namely Introduction to Legal Pluralism in South Africa published by LexisNexis (5th ed) and The Law of Succession in South Africa published by OUP (2nd ed). She is the editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed, open-access electronic law journal, the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal.

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                          Profile J Ubink

                          BOARD MEMBER

                          Professor of law, governance and development

                          Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University

                           
                          Prof Janine Ubink  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          African law and governance, with a primary focus on customary law and its relation to state law, traditional authorities, land law and policy, gender, transitional justice and rule of law reforms and legal empowerment

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                          Janine Ubink is professor of law, governance and development at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for law, governance and society, of Leiden University. Her research centers around African law and governance, with a primary focus on customary law and its relation to state law, traditional authorities, land law and policy, gender, transitional justice and rule of law reforms and legal empowerment. Her regional focus is on Africa, particularly Ghana, Namibia, Malawi, Somalia, and South Africa, but she has also been involved in comparative research in Asia and Latin America.

                          She is the President of the international Commission on Legal Pluralism, and also works as a consultant in this field, most recently as an advisor to the Ministry of Justice of Somalia.

                          Ubink has taught at the law schools of University of California Irvine, New York University and Australia National University as well as at the FHR Lim A Po Institute for Social Studies (Paramaribo, Suriname). She studied law at Leiden University (1995-2000) and acquired her PhD in legal anthropology from Leiden University with her thesis “In the land of the chiefs: Customary law, land conflicts, and the role of the state in peri-urban Ghana” (2008).

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                          Profile B Fielding

                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          Director of Research Development

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Burtram C Fielding  

                           

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                          Professor Burtram C. Fielding is the Director of Research Development at the University of the Western Cape. He is a molecular biologist working mainly on coronaviruses since 2003. He has worked as a Research Fellow in the Collaborative Antiviral Research Group at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore (2003-2006). In Singapore, he studied the coronavirus (SARS-CoV) responsible for the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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                          Profile J Frantz

                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Jose Frantz  

                           

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                          José Frantz (PhD) is an academic leader and Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of the Western Cape, where she is responsible for the strategic vision of research and innovation. Prior to this position, she was the Dean of the Faculty for Community and Health Science at UWC (2013-2017).

                          Her strategic interests include the promotion and advancement of research for impact through knowledge exchange and capacity building in health professions education and faculty development. She has secured research funding nationally and internationally to promote capacity development in the field of health education and development of emerging researchers. Her commitment to human capacity development is reflected in the numbers of Master’s (45) and PhD students (15) that she has supervised and her academic activities in terms of teaching, learning and research is evident in her more than 100 publications.

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                          Clia Jooste

                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          Chairperson of Law Students Council

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Teno Jooste  

                           

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                          Teno Jooste is the Chairperson of the Law Students Council at UWC. In 2016, he started his journey at UWC in the Faculty of Arts, from where he transferred to the Faculty of Law in 2017. He was top of the Dean’s Merit Awards from 2016 to 2017.

                          Since then, he has never finished lower than third on the list. He was the top performer for the Law of Contract and Labour Law and was inducted into the Golden Key Honour Society in 2018. Jooste has been involved in the Street Law Society since 2019. In Dec 2018, he accepted articles of clerkship at top law firm, ENS Africa, where he will specialise in corporate and commercial law in 2021. Jooste’s research paper probes pathological criminal incapacity as a defence loophole for criminal offenders. In his spare time, he drafts wills and renders legal advice in his community.

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                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          Rector and Vice-Chancellor

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Tyrone Pretorius  

                           

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                          Professor Tyrone Brian Pretorius is the 7th Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His career history reflects extensive leadership experience in higher education. At UWC he moved through the ranks from being an Academic Assistant, to being appointed as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, Senior Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences. In 2001 he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, a position which he held until 2005.

                          Following his career at UWC, Prof Pretorius was appointed as President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash South Africa, the local campus of Monash University, Australia. In 2013 the University of Pretoria appointed him as Vice-Principal (Academic), responsible for Teaching and Learning as well as planning and resource allocation.

                          Prof Pretorius is a Psychologist by training who earned his BA, BA (Honours) and Master of Arts (Psychology) degrees from UWC. He has published extensively in respected national and international journals in the fields of career psychology, coping, stress, statistics and research methodology. In addition, he has served as a journal editor, and authored and co-authored a number of books, monographs and chapters in books. He has been honoured by the Psychology Society of South Africa for his contribution to the discipline. He also participated in the Yale Southern Africa Fellowship programme (Yale University) and completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Oxford University. He also holds two Doctoral degrees, a DPhil from UWC and a PhD from the University of the Free State.

                          Tyrone Pretorius was born in Sterkspruit in the former Transkei and grew up in King Williams Town. He is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University in Australia. He is also President of University Sport South Africa and Chairman of the Board of University Sports Company. Professor Pretorius has two daughters and in his spare time enjoys reading, watching sport and listening to music. He returns to UWC with a career in higher education that spans 33 years, of which almost 26 has been spent in a range of senior leadership positions. His deep understanding of UWC, its history, achievements and challenges is supported by his broad experience at other institutions, which prepared him for his return to his alma mater as its Rector and Vice-Chancellor.

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                          Prof Pretorius has published extensively in respected national and international journals in the fields of career psychology, coping, stress, statistics and research methodology.

                          In addition, he has served as a journal editor, and has authored and co-authored a number of books, monographs and chapters in books. He has been honoured by the Psychology Society of South Africa for his contribution to the discipline.

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                          Research associates

                           

                          Clia Cotton

                          RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

                          Doctoral candidate

                          Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

                           
                          Sonya Ruth Cotton  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal pluralism and critical theory, spatial justice and human rights

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                          Sonya Cotton is an interdisciplinary socio-legal scholar and a PhD candidate at University College Dublin’s Sutherland School of Law. Her research is part of the Property [In]Justice project funded by the European Research Council, which examines the role of international law in facilitating spatial [in]justice.

                          She possesses a Master of Laws in China Studies from Peking University and a Master of Philosophy in Comparative Law in Africa from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She also has an honour’s degree in linguistics from UCT and a Bachelor of Arts in Xhosa communication and linguistics from UCT. Her research interests include legal pluralism, spatial justice, critical legal studies and human rights.

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                          “Do equality and non-discrimination apply to polygamous African customary marriages? A constitutional and statutory analysis of 14 African Commonwealth states” (2020) 9(1) Global Journal of Comparative Law 87-116.

                          (with Diala, A) “Silences in marriage laws in Commonwealth Africa: Women's position in polygynous customary marriages” (2018) 32(1) Speculum Juris 18-32

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                          Profile N Nyembezi

                          RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

                          Researcher and activist

                          Private practice

                           
                          Nkosikhulule Xhawulengweni Nyembezi  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Constitutional law, human rights law, and electoral politics

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                          Nkosikhulule Nyembezi is a researcher, human rights activist and respected political and economic commentator. He is the civil society convenor at the National Anti-Corruption Forum SA, as well as the chairperson of the Western Cape Language Committee and the Social Change Assistance Trust. He serves as an analyst and columnist for Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, TruFM and I'solezwe lesiXhosa. Previously, he served on programme committees for the XIII and XIV International AIDS conferences.

                          His research interests are mainly on constitutional law, human rights law, and electoral politics. He has contributed articles for the Compendium of the Electoral Advancement Institute of South Africa. Nyembezi was an associate researcher in the access to justice programme of the Democracy and Governance Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. His involvement in reforms in the paralegal sector and the training of judicial aspirants is evident in the improved quality in recent years of candidates interviewed for appointment by the Judicial Service Commission.

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                          Graduate students

                          Profile J Eboh

                          DOCTORAL STUDENT

                          Graduate student

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Nnenna Joy Eboh  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal pluralism, human rights and information technology

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                          Nnenna Joy Eboh is an advocate of Nigeria’s Supreme Court, a fellow of the Barak Obama Young African Leaders Initiative, and a research fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), where she coordinates the Investment and Sustainable Development module. She has published extensively in her specialised areas of legal pluralism, human rights and information technology.

                          Eboh has been active in the Global Action on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence, which is powered by the Council of Europe, as well as the UNODC Training of Trainers workshops on cybercrime. She was Lead Coordinator, Information Technology Law training workshop and seminar series at NIALS. She was also the North-Central supervisor on Gaps in Cloud Computing, a NIALS/Microsoft West Africa project and lead discussant at the NIALS/University of Cape Town partnership on Energy Deficit in Nigeria. At NIALS, she has been a Special Assistant to the Director General, Secretary (North-Central) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act Judicial Training in Kaduna State, and Chief Secretary of the NIALS/MacArthur Foundation Training for judicial officers in Imo.

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                          ‘The National Biosafety Management Agency Act 2015: A Review’. NIALS’ Food security and Biotechnology book project, 2019 (published September, 2020).

                          ‘Rethinking The Legal Education Curriculum In The Fight Against Corruption In Nigeria’, accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Law, University of Benin, 2020.

                          ‘Revisiting Customary Dispute Settlement In The Quest For A Peaceful Africa’, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Law Journal, Vol. 3 no 1, 2019.

                          ‘Jurisdictional Challenges For Litigating Social Media Violations In Nigeria’, Rivers State University Law Journal, Vol 3, 2019.

                          ‘Right To Human Dignity: Identifying Safeguards For The Awaiting Trial Inmate In Nigeria’, Miyetti Quarterly Law Review, Volume 3 issue 2, June, 2018.

                          ‘Energy, Disability And The Law In Africa'. In: Ending Africa’s Energy And The Law- Achieving Sustainable Energy For All In Africa, Oxford University Press, 2018

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                          Graduate student

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Adv Ebi Ocheng  

                           

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                          Ebi A. O. Ebi is director and principal attorney at Ebi Okeng Attorneys Inc. His doctoral research investigates service delivery in South Africa in the context of the social contract theory. He holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of South Africa. Ebi is a member of the Legal Practice Council of South Africa and the Law Society of South Africa, with right of appearance across all courts in South Africa. He is also a Director of True Legal Media Pty Ltd, an online magazine. He has published two works of fiction (Illusions of grandeur 2012 and The street professor 2014) and an academic article.

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                          Illusions of grandeur (2012)

                          The street professor (2014)

                          ‘The Judicial Contribution to Constitutional Obligations to Deliver Basic Services in South Africa’ (2020) 21(2) Economic and Social Rights Review pp. 10-14.

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                          Profile T Akande

                          MPHIL STUDENT

                          Graduate student

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Titilayo Akande  

                           

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                          Bio in brief

                          Titilayo Akande is a solicitor and advocate of Nigeria’s Supreme Court, a graduate lecturing assistant at UWC, a Bible teacher and a motivational speaker.

                          She has worked in law firms in Nigeria. She has worked in many churches and non-profits in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Guinea, Congo DRC and South Africa. She was a member of the legal team that sourced 530 acres of land for Covenant University, Nigeria, where she also worked as a Senior Assistant Registrar under the Endowment Programme and the Department of Student Affairs.

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                            International Commission on Legal Pluralism  

                           

                          About

                          The Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism -as it was originally called- was established in 1978 by the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), and affiliated with the International Association of Legal Science (IALS), on the initiative of professor G. van den Steenhoven, of the Institute of Folk Law, Nijmegen University, the Netherlands.

                           

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                            Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies  

                           

                          About

                          The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is Nigeria’s apex Institution for research and advanced studies in law. It was a brainchild of the legal academic community established in March 1979. One of the main ideas in founding the Institute was to establish it as the centre for advanced legal research for all the Nigerian universities with Faculties of Law, so that all postgraduate work could be undertaken there under the joint auspices of the most experienced and learned academic lawyers available in the country, whether indigenous or foreign.

                           

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                          transnational criminal justice

                          Our mission
                          Our focus
                          Our history
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                          Our mission

                          The African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice (formerly the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice) was originally established in 2008 and existed for over a decade before it was re-established under its current name in 2020. The mission of the Centre is to undertake cutting-edge research in its research niche, train subject specialists and experts equipped with the necessary skills to work in the field of international criminal law, transitional justice, transnational organised crimes and related fields both at the local, regional and international levels, whether in academia or industry. Through its research and academic events, the Centre provides a platform for critical and engaged scholarship that responds to the myriad challenges confronting the African continent in a rapidly changing and interconnected world.


                          Our focus

                          Transnational Criminal Justice focuses on three main areas: Transnational Organised Crimes, International Criminal Law, and Transitional Justice. As ICL specifically seeks to address core international crimes under international law, transnational criminal justice more broadly also involves the interaction of multiple national jurisdictions within an international law framework, both often in societies in transition. This not only requires revisiting our understanding of the concept of law but also the pluralistic relations of law in a transnational context which transnational criminal justice is called upon to regulate. This opens opportunity for intellectual inquiry and will be the fulcrum of the Centre’s work as it positions UWC to take the lead in this field.

                          Transnational Organised Crimes (TOC): Transnational crimes present a unique challenge for States and the international legal order for two main reasons. First, the crimes are committed within the territory of a nation state subject to the jurisdiction of such State. However, criminals are increasingly leveraging technology in their activities and with cross-border impacts reaching far beyond the territory of one single state whose courts would have exercised jurisdiction under public international law. This presents challenges for states and although many legal devices such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, cooperation frameworks etc, have been developed to fill the gap, in many cases, their utility has been limited.

                          Secondly, ICL (the branch of public international law concerned with the prohibition and punishment of certain conduct by individuals) by its very nature can only have limited applicability (core crimes) and practical utility (major perpetrators) before specific tribunals). Thus, this type of crime (treaty crimes) is generally out of the reach of ICL under public international law, hence creating a vacuum for this category of crimes. Transnational criminal law has evolved as a mechanism to prosecute this type of crimes.

                          The term ‘transnational crimes’ came to the limelight in the 1970s when the United Nations used it to describe criminal conduct which goes beyond the territory of one state or affects multiple national jurisdictions. Globalisation and advance in technology have opened new opportunities for transnational criminal activities to target States and organisations as they become more vulnerable. Thus, the cross-border character of these crimes and their transnational impact demand inter-state cooperation and an international legal framework to fight it.

                          The Centre collaborates with researchers, inter-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, international organisations and other partners at local and international levels.


                          Our history

                          In the early days of the transition to democracy in South Africa, the University of the Western Cape and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, began a cooperation arrangement that culminated in the establishment of the South African-German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice in 2008. This later split into two centres— the South African-German Centre for Development Research and the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice— (‘the Centre’).

                          The Centre was conceived as a joint project between the Law Faculties of the University of the Western Cape and of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin to deliver a unique programme entitled ‘Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention – An International and African Perspective’.

                          The programme consisted of the LLM and PhD programmes which started in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The programme was ‘international’ and ‘unique’ and attracted students from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. Most of the students received DAAD scholarships while a few others depended on other sources of funding or were self-sponsored. Selected LLM graduates were admitted into the DAAD-funded PhD cohort supervised by academics at UWC and Humboldt University. Master’s students in the programme attended a summer school at Humboldt University during which they also attended lectures and research seminars presented by leading international experts in the field of international criminal law and transitional justice. The students utilised resources and research facilities offered by the partner institution and were able to consult with experts in respect of their LLM theses.

                          PhD students were funded to undertake research visits to Humboldt University in Berlin for several months during which they participated in research seminars, interacted with researchers in their field, visited research facilities at other German universities and institutions, and participated in the research activities organised by similar Centres of Excellence. In this way, UWC students gained valuable exposure and developed broad perspectives in relation to their courses and research topics.

                          The Centre focused on learning, teaching, research and postgraduate supervision and for over a decade (2008 – 2018), the Centre maintained its status as one of the Centres of African Excellence (CoAE) established and funded by the Foreign Office of the German Federal Government across Africa. As will be shown below, within this period, the Centre graduated 127 Master’s and 13 PhD students. A 2011-2012 evaluation of the Centre concluded that ‘the Centre had grown to become a ‘unique establishment in Africa, with the potential of becoming the premier teaching and research site in the criminal justice field in the whole of Africa’. However, after two funding phases (2008 – 2012 and 2013 - 2018), the funding received from DAAD came to an end towards the end of 2018.

                          In December 2019, an evaluation of all DAAD Centres of African Excellence across the continent found that the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice was, on average, one of the top performers in complying with the ‘quality aspect of different elements of the supported centres’. The 2012 evaluation of the Centre concluded that the Centre accomplished significant achievements within a short space of time and had great potential for greater success. It proposed areas requiring improvement some of which had to be implemented incrementally in subsequent years. From an initial batch of 19 LLM students in 2009, more than 127 LLM students and 13 PhD students graduated from the Centre as of 2018.

                          During its existence, selected students who graduated from the LLM programme were encouraged to proceed to the PhD programme and this enhanced the retention strategy of the Faculty of Law and the University. In addition, the Centre also afforded staff members interested in the field of research of the Centre the opportunity to pursue and complete their LLM and PhD studies at the Centre. This contributed to UWC’s strategy of strengthening research capacity and staff development. Some of the students in the last cohort from the centre submitted their theses in 2020 and others are expected to finish in the course of the year.

                          In the 10-year period of its existence, staff and students of the Centre published scores of peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals, books and book chapters and presented papers at local and international conferences. Some have become influential reference works in the field. The Centre also provided opportunity for academic exchanges between UWC Law Faculty academics and colleagues in our partner institution for teaching, research and supervision purposes. This was in addition to mentoring opportunities afforded to staff and students of UWC under the partnership. The Centre hosted conferences and research events organised through the Centre provided opportunities for students to hone their skills in the field. Thus, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, the LLM/PhD programmes of the Centre were regarded to be of high quality and strengthened the Faculty of Law within UWC. The regional and international outlook of the Centre also enhanced UWC’s international standing.


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                          Actcj Iyi Mj

                          ACTING DIRECTOR

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Acting Director: ACTCJ

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Assoc Prof John-Mark Iyi  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Public international law, peace and conflict, transitional justice, terrorism and transnational crimes, human rights and democratisation, jurisprudence and critical international legal theory

                          Bio in brief

                          Prof John-Mark Iyi obtained his LLB (Hons) and BL (Hons) from the University of Benin and the Nigerian Law School, in 1998 and 2000 respectively. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2001 and taught briefly at the Nigerian Police College, Maiduguri between 2001 and 2002. In 2003, he obtained a Certificate in Peace Research from the University of Oslo and received his LLM from the University of Ibadan in 2008. He has also completed the All Africa Course on International Humanitarian Law at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in 2010.

                          Prof Iyi received his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014 where he was also a Webber Wentzel Scholar and an Associate of the Wits Programme in Law Justice and Development in Africa. From March 2014 to June 2016, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the South African Research Chair in International Law, University of Johannesburg from where he joined the University of Fort Hare in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer. He served as an Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Venda from July 2017 to December 2019. Prof Iyi joined the University of the Western Cape in January 2020 as an Associate Professor.

                          He is a Fellow of the Centre for Maritime Law and Security in Africa (Accra) and a member of several local and international professional bodies including the Academic Council on the United Nations System. His primary research interest lies in public international law and legal theory, international peace and security, human rights, terrorism, African Union and ECOWAS laws.

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                          Profile J Deville

                          DEAN OF LAW

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Dean of Faculty of Law

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Jacques de Ville  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal and constitutional theory, statutory interpretation, administrative law

                          Bio in brief

                          Prof Jacques de Ville is Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWC. He is the author of a number of publications in the area of public law, including Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (Interdoc Publishers, 2000) and Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa (LexisNexis/Butterworths, 2003).

                          His research and publications currently focus on deconstruction, psychoanalysis and constitutional theory. This includes the translation of and contribution to a book on legal philosophy, the translation of a text of Jacques Derrida, and two books on Derrida and his relation to law.

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                          Actcj Hamman A

                          MANAGEMENT MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Head of Department: Criminal Justice and Procedure

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Abraham Hamman  

                           

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                          MANAGEMENT MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Head of Department: Public Law and Jurisprudence

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Wessel Visser  

                           

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                          Profile B Fielding

                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Director of Research Development

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Burtram C Fielding  

                           

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                          Professor Burtram C. Fielding is the Director of Research Development at the University of the Western Cape. He is a molecular biologist working mainly on coronaviruses since 2003. He has worked as a Research Fellow in the Collaborative Antiviral Research Group at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore (2003-2006). In Singapore, he studied the coronavirus (SARS-CoV) responsible for the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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                          Profile J Frantz

                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Jose Frantz  

                           

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                          José Frantz (PhD) is an academic leader and Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of the Western Cape, where she is responsible for the strategic vision of research and innovation. Prior to this position, she was the Dean of the Faculty for Community and Health Science at UWC (2013-2017).

                          Her strategic interests include the promotion and advancement of research for impact through knowledge exchange and capacity building in health professions education and faculty development. She has secured research funding nationally and internationally to promote capacity development in the field of health education and development of emerging researchers. Her commitment to human capacity development is reflected in the numbers of Master’s (45) and PhD students (15) that she has supervised and her academic activities in terms of teaching, learning and research is evident in her more than 100 publications.

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                          Profile T Pretorius

                          STATUTORY BOARD MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Rector and Vice-Chancellor

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Tyrone Pretorius  

                           

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                          Professor Tyrone Brian Pretorius is the 7th Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His career history reflects extensive leadership experience in higher education. At UWC he moved through the ranks from being an Academic Assistant, to being appointed as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, Senior Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences. In 2001 he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, a position which he held until 2005.

                          Following his career at UWC, Prof Pretorius was appointed as President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash South Africa, the local campus of Monash University, Australia. In 2013 the University of Pretoria appointed him as Vice-Principal (Academic), responsible for Teaching and Learning as well as planning and resource allocation.

                          Prof Pretorius is a Psychologist by training who earned his BA, BA (Honours) and Master of Arts (Psychology) degrees from UWC. He has published extensively in respected national and international journals in the fields of career psychology, coping, stress, statistics and research methodology. In addition, he has served as a journal editor, and authored and co-authored a number of books, monographs and chapters in books. He has been honoured by the Psychology Society of South Africa for his contribution to the discipline. He also participated in the Yale Southern Africa Fellowship programme (Yale University) and completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Oxford University. He also holds two Doctoral degrees, a DPhil from UWC and a PhD from the University of the Free State.

                          Tyrone Pretorius was born in Sterkspruit in the former Transkei and grew up in King Williams Town. He is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University in Australia. He is also President of University Sport South Africa and Chairman of the Board of University Sports Company. Professor Pretorius has two daughters and in his spare time enjoys reading, watching sport and listening to music. He returns to UWC with a career in higher education that spans 33 years, of which almost 26 has been spent in a range of senior leadership positions. His deep understanding of UWC, its history, achievements and challenges is supported by his broad experience at other institutions, which prepared him for his return to his alma mater as its Rector and Vice-Chancellor.

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                          Profile J Deville

                          DEAN OF LAW

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Dean of Faculty of Law

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Jacques de Ville  

                           

                          Specialisation

                          Legal and constitutional theory, statutory interpretation, administrative law

                          Bio in brief

                          Prof Jacques de Ville is Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWC. He is the author of a number of publications in the area of public law, including Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (Interdoc Publishers, 2000) and Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa (LexisNexis/Butterworths, 2003).

                          His research and publications currently focus on deconstruction, psychoanalysis and constitutional theory. This includes the translation of and contribution to a book on legal philosophy, the translation of a text of Jacques Derrida, and two books on Derrida and his relation to law.

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                          Actcj Clarke K

                          BOARD MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Professor of Anthropology

                          University of California

                           
                          Prof Kamari Maxine Clarke  

                           

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                          BOARD MEMBER

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                          Professor of Public International Law

                          University of Pretoria

                           
                          Prof Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango  

                           

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                          Actcj Dr Nanima Bw

                          BOARD MEMBER

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                          Senior Lecturer: Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Dr Robert Doya Nanima  

                           

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                          Dr Robert Doya Nanima is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape. He currently lectures the Masters’ Class on International Anti-Corruption Law, the Law of Evidence, and Punishment and Sentencing. He continues to supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students. His areas of research include criminal law, procedure, and the fusion between children and human rights. He remains involved with the work of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children and outputs of the African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP).

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                          Actcj Nortje W

                          BOARD MEMBER

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                          Senior Lecturer: Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Dr Windell Nortje  

                           

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                          Windell Nortje received his LLD at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. His doctoral studies focused on the accountability of juveniles for crimes under international law, with a special emphasis on child soldiers. He was the former project coordinator of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice. He is a senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of the Western Cape where he teaches introduction to law. His most recent publications focus on international criminal law, South African criminal procedure and anti-corruption law.

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                          BOARD MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          SARCHi Chair in International Law

                          University of Johannesburg

                           
                          Prof Hennie Strydom  

                           

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                          Actcj Tladi D

                          BOARD MEMBER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Professor of Public International Law

                          University of Pretoria

                           
                          Prof Dire Tladi  

                           

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                          Adjunct professors

                          Actcj Aluoch J

                          ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Adjunct professor

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch  

                           

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                          Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS, is a former Judge and First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands. She was the second woman Court of Appeal, High Court Judge, as well as Magistrate in Kenya. Upon retirement from the bench in 2018, she successfully moved her legal profession to Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, particularly mediation and arbitration.

                          She is a Certified International Mediator (IMI), a Certified Advanced Mediator, a Chartered Mediator and an Accredited Mediator. She co-founded Aequitas Mediators, and conducts mediations under the Court Annexed Mediation Program (Kenya), FIDA-Kenya, international and domestic mediations and virtual mediations. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London and the Kenya branch, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Africa Arbitration Association and Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. She was recently appointed a member of the International Advisory Board of the office of Ombudsman for the United Nations Funds and Programs, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Africa-Asia Mediation Association (AAMA), Board member, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI).

                          She is a law graduate from the University of Nairobi, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and holds a master’s degree in International Affairs (GMAP) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University where she was honoured as a distinguished alumna, and again in 2018, she received the University’s top award only granted to those who have carried the University’s ideals throughout their career. This made her the first black person to receive such an honour. She is an adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She is a recipient of several international and national awards including Presidential Awards of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), First Class Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) and Trail Blazer Award (CBS).

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                          Actcj Olawale O

                          RESEARCHER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Doctoral candidate

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Omotunde Olawale  

                           

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                          Omotunde Olawale is the lead counsel in Olawale Tunde & Co., a committed lawyer. He was called to the prestigious Nigerian Bar in 2002 and has been in active practice since then. He has experience in various fields of law such as corporate and commercial law, fundamental human rights, arbitration, mediation and litigation. Tunde is also a keen researcher. He advices on real estate, litigation and commercial transactions and human rights. Tunde is a member of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organization. In his free time, Tunde likes to bike, listen to good music and play tennis. The title of his thesis is ‘ The dynamics of judicial enforcement of international and domestic legal regimes against terrorism in Nigeria’.

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                          RESEARCHER

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Doctoral candidate

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Olise Fidelis Olise  

                           

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                          Olise Fidelis Olise holds three degrees in Law and associated disciplines. He obtained his first degree, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Benin, Benin-city before proceeding to Nigerian Law school, Abuja, where he qualified as a lawyer with the award of Bachelor of Law (BL) degree. And was called to the Nigerian Bar, as a barrister and solicitor. He has since obtained a Master of laws (LLM) and Master of International law & Diplomacy (MILD), degrees from the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently a doctoral student of the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Research Topic: State Failure in a Contested Legal Order: Towards a Differentiated Response /Approach to Domestic Terrorism in Northern Nigeria. He worked with several law firms including a consortium of Nigerian law firms – Legal Alliance, which itself was a member of an international consortium of law firms – Counsel Alliance. He also had a stint at corporate legal practice as Legal manager of LafargeCEMENT Plc and Legal manager/company secretary at African Pits & Quarries limited. And later, director, Legal and Admin. He is the principal partner of Legal Advisory Partners. His practice interest is in a vast area of law. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators of Nigeria.

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                          Research associates

                          Actcj Lenong J

                          RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Researcher

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Jentley Lenong  

                           

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                          Actcj Mezmur B

                          RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

                          African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice

                          Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Prof Benyam D Mezmur  

                           

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                          Dullah Omar Centre, University of the Western Cape

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                          Administrator

                          Actcj James C

                          ADMINISTRATOR

                          Administrator

                          University of Western Cape

                           
                          Candice James  

                           

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                          Candice James is the administrator for CENTROW as well as the African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice. She completed her LLB degree at UWC in 2018 and subsequently completed her LLM in Multilevel Governance, Law and Policy with the Dullah Omar Institute at UWC. As mentioned, she also works as an administrator and part time researcher for the Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work.

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                          STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

                          Chairperson of Law Student Council

                          University of the Western Cape

                           
                          Abigail Rebecca Sokoni  

                           

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                          About us

                          law gavel

                          Who we are

                          Law, Democracy & Development (LDD) is the journal of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape. The first issue appeared in May 1997. The journal set out to build on the proud traditions established by UWC and the Law Faculty in the struggle for democracy, with many of our staff and alumni having gone on to serve as ministers of state, judges of the highest courts and in other key positions in the post-apartheid dispensation. Our focus is on legal and socio-legal issues relevant to the development challenges facing South Africa and Africa – it is, above all, on nurturing institutions of governance through the promotion of human rights.

                          From an academic perspective, LDD is thus not confined to any single area of law, nor to law in any narrow or technical sense, even though it consistently engages with the content and proper interpretation of the law. Over and above this, however , it is concerned with the role of every branch of law and legal institutions in promoting or obstructing democracy and development within a specific social context. As the 21st century unfolds, we believe that understanding law and governance in this sense is more important than ever in promoting a culture of accountability and respect for human rights across Africa.

                          Given this focus, LDD has sought to engage with legal scholars in all African countries in order to stimulate discussion across national boundaries. To this end our printed version was circulated to law faculties and developmental agencies throughout Africa, and attracted an increasing number of contributions from other countries.

                          By having gone online in 2010, LDD significantly increased its reach as well as its accessibility to scholars in Africa and beyond. Contributions are invited online (for more detail, see Guidelines for authors).

                          LDD is a peer-reviewed journal and has been accredited by the Department of Education for the publication of subsidised research outputs since 2001.


                          Mission statement

                          The evolution and implementation of democracy, good governance, human rights and socio-economic development are critical issues facing South Africa and Africa as a whole. Our aim is to create a forum in which key aspects of these processes can be debated by scholars, practitioners as well as those concerned with policy-making across the continent, thus contributing to the development of shared knowledge and cooperative effort.

                          The focus is on:

                          • the way that the law regulates important aspects of the economic process such as trade and industry, labour, the environment, education, training and culture;
                          • the protection and extension of rights which drive and mould socio-economic development such as political rights, gender rights, children's rights, labour rights and other rights which enable the individual to participate in civil society; and
                          • the influence of international and regional developments in the areas of policy and law on socio-economic development.

                          Law, Democracy & Development analyses the evolution of the law in this context and the discourse surrounding its evolution. It examines legal rules with a view to establishing how effective they are in their own terms while, at the same time, scrutinising those terms themselves in a spirit of open-ended inquiry. The objective is to contribute not only to research but also to practical application of the relevant principles by the courts and to the ongoing debate on legal reform.

                          Law, Democracy & Development is aimed at legal practitioners, academics, social scientists, students and all others engaged in the formulation and implementation of development policy within the framework of a democratic constitutional order.

                          Law, Democracy & Development is accredited by the Department of Education as an approved journal of subsidised research output. All articles submitted for publication are subject to evaluation by independent referees in accordance with the requirements applicable to accredited journals. In addition, contributions on topics of special interest that have not been subjected to this process may be published in the Forum section.

                          The articles contained in the journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors.


                          Editorial board

                          Our editorial board is comprised of leading scholars and judicial figures in South Africa and abroad:

                          Yash Ghai (Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong)

                          Evance Kalula (Professor of Law and Director, Institute of Development and Labour Law, University of Cape Town)

                          Karl Klare (Professor of Law, Northeastern University, Boston)

                          Titia Loenen (Professor of Law in human rights and diversity, University of Leiden)

                          Issa Shivji (Professor of Law, University of Dar-es-Salaam)


                          Editors

                          The editors of Law, Democracy & Development are:

                          Radley Henrico (Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape): Editor-in-Chief

                          Riekie Wandrag (Associate Professor of Law, University of the Western Cape)

                          Jamil Mujuzi (Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape)

                          Jacques de Ville (Professor, Dean of Law, University of the Western Cape)

                          Kitty Malherbe (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape)

                          Ebenezer Durojaye (Coordinator, Socio-Economic Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape)

                          Tinashe Kondo (Lecturer, University of the Western Cape)

                          Robert Nanima (Post-doctoral research, Dullah Omar Institute)

                          Sarah Fick (Senior lecturer, University of the Western Cape)

                           

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