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 Prof. Wessel le Roux

Position: Professor
Department: Public Law and Jurisprudence
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: BA Honours
Tel: 021 959 3309
Fax: 021 959  3331


 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.


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 ​​​​​​



 Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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