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Position
: Associate Professor
Tel: +27 (0)21 959 3319
Emaillvdpoll@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
BA (Law), LLB, LLM, LLD (SU)

Biography

Prof Letetia van der Poll obtained her LLD degree on The Constitutionality of Pornography at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. Her primary research interests include International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Gender Law and Feminist Jurisprudence. She teaches Public International Law and Gender Law at undergraduate level and International Humanitarian Law (a stand-alone module on the law of armed conflict) as well as Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in the LLM programme. Prof Van der Poll has presented numerous papers at both national and international conferences and publishes in these areas of specialisation. She has an extensive record of postgraduate supervision, is the recipient of a number of awards for excellence in teaching and learning, and spearheaded several academic initiatives, including the establishment of year-specific LLB academic focus groups and the Graduate Lecturing Assistant (GLA) Programme.  She has served on numerous Faculty and Senate committee structures, including Senate Executive Committee, Senate Higher Degrees Committee and Senate Library Committee.

Publications

Research Output and Published Research:                                                 
  • Accredited Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Van Der Poll, L “But is it Speech? Making Critical Sense of the Dominant Constitutional Discourse on Pornography, Morality and Harm under the Pervasive Influence of United States First Amendment Jurisprudence” 2012 Vol 15 No 2 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PER) 417 – 569

Van Der Poll, L “Conceptualising the Sexually Explicit as Free Expression: The Distinct Legal and Political Challenges presented to a Liberal Feminist Critique in a South African Constitutional Context” 2012 Vol 37 No 1 Journal for Juridical Science (JJS) 22 – 55

Van Der Poll, L and Booley, A “In Our Common Interest: Liability and Redress for Damage Caused to the Natural Environment During Armed Conflict” 2011 Vol 15 Law Democracy and Development (LDD) 1 – 43

Van Der Poll, L “Pornography as Sex Discrimination? A Critical Reflection on the Constitutional Court’s Interpretation of Gender Politics, Differentiation and (Unfair) Discrimination” 2010 Vol 21 No 3 Stellenbosch Law Review (Stell LR) 381 – 413 

Van Der Poll, L “Torture and Sexual Violence as Jus Cogens? A Critical Reflection on the Emerging Norms in International (Humanitarian) Law” 2010 Vol 24 No 1 Speculum Juris 1 – 28 

Van Der Poll, L “The Impact of Traditional Sex Practices on the Construction of Female Sexuality: An African Human Rights Perspective” 2009 Vol 13 No 2 Law Democracy and Development (LDD) 1 – 20  

Van Der Poll, L “The Emerging Jurisprudence on Sexual Violence perpetrated against Women during Armed Conflict” 2007 Vol 1 No 1 African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law (AYIHL) 1 – 38
  • Non-Accredited Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Van Der Poll, L “Penal Mechanisms in International Humanitarian Law with particular reference to Sexual Violence committed against Women during Armed Conflict” 2008 Vol 8 Revue Juridique de l’Océan Indien (RJOI) 103 – 128

Van Der Poll, L “Penal Mechanisms in International Humanitarian Law: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict” 2008 Vol 1 Cahiers du CERIS, Centre d’études des Relations Internationnales et La Stratégiques, La Réunion 34 – 60
  • Peer-Reviewed Book Reviews / Recent Academic Publications and Reviews
Van Der Poll, L “Chiseche Salome Mibenge Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender from the War Narrative (2013)” (2014) 1 South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) 206 – 209

Van Der Poll, L “Anne Wagner and Le Cheng (eds) ‘Exploring Courtroom Discourse: The Language of Power and Control’, Ashgate, Surrey, 2011, xvii + 267 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-2347-8 (Hardcover)” 2012 Vol 25 No 4 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 597 – 598

Van Der Poll, L “Hugh Baxter ‘Habermas: The Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy’, Stanford University Press, 2011, vii + 335 pp. ISBN: 10-0-8047-6912-5 (Hardcover)” 2012 Vol 25 No 3 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 453

Van Der Poll, L “Anne Wagner and Jan M Broekman (eds) ‘Prospects of Legal Semiotics’, Springer, 2010, xxv + 244 pp. ISBN: 978-90-481-9342-4 (Hardcover)” 2012 Vol 25 No 3 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 295 – 296

Van Der Poll, L “Alexandre Lefebvre ‘The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza’, Stanford University Press, 2008, xix + 305 pp. ISBN: 0-8047-5985-5 (Paperback) 2010 Vol 23 No 4 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 531 

Van Der Poll, L “John Brigham ‘Material Law: A Jurisprudence of What’s Real’, Temple University Press, 2009, xix + 218 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59213-964-4 (Hardcover)” 2010 Vol 23 No 4 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 532

Van Der Poll, L “Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos ‘Niklas Luhmann Law, Justice, Society’, Routledge, 2010, x + 237 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-45108-6 (Hardcover)” 2010 Vol 23 No 4 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 533

Van Der Poll, L “Jaap C Hage and Dietmar von der Pfordten (eds) ‘Concepts in Law’, Law and Philosophy Library, Vol 88 Springer, 2009, xv + 129 pp. ISBN: 978-90-481-2981-2 (Hardcover)” 2010 Vol 23 No 4 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 533 – 534

Van Der Poll, L “Klaus Mathis ‘Efficiency Instead of Justice?: Searching for the Philosophical Foundations of the Economic Analysis of Law’ (translated by Deborah Shannon), Law and Philosophy Library, Vol 84 Springer, 2009, xi + 220 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9797-3 (Hardcover)” 2010 Vol 23 No 4 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 531 – 532 

Van Der Poll, L “Giorgio Bongiovanni, Giovanni Sartor, and Chiara Valentini (eds) ‘Reasonableness and Law’, Law and Philosophy Library, Vol 86 Springer, 2009, xvii + 464 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4020-8499-7 (Hardcover)” 2010 Vol 23 No 3 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 365 – 366
 

Networks

  • Network of University Teachers of International Humanitarian Law (2004 to date)
  • Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Pretoria, South Africa (2002 to date)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland (2002 to date)
  • International Law Association South African Branch (SABILA) (2011 to date)
  • The African Society of International and Comparative Law (South African Chapter) (1998 to date)
  • The Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa (SLTSA) (1997 to date)
  • Editorial Board Member of the African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (AYIHL) (Juta & Co) (2006 to date)
  • Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) (2005 to date)
  • NOHA Affiliation : Universidad De Deusto, Bilbao, Spain (2005 to date)
  • NOHA Affiliation : University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (2013 to date)
  • Department of Law and Criminology, University of Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom (2012 to date)
  • Faculté de Droit et d’Économie, Université de la Réunion, Saint Denis, La Réunion (2007 to date)
  • Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationals, Geneva, Switzerland (2002 to date)



Position: Associate Lecturer 
Tel: 021 959 9518
Email: ldraga@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
LLB (UWC),
LLM (UMC)



Position: Lecturer 
Tel: 021 959 4174
Email: mkasker@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
LLD – Doctorate in Law (Environmental Law)

Biography: 

I completed my LLB, LLM and LLD degrees at the University of the Western Cape.

I most recently completed my LLD degree in 2019 and I was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence in 2019 as well.

My research interest includes environmental law as well as academic development. I completed my LLM dissertation in International Environmental Law, specifically Global Environmental Governance.

I completed my LLD thesis in International Environmental Law as well, focussing on International Water Law and sustainable development and management of water.

My academic career began in 2013 tutoring English for Educational Development in Law. As the years went on, I began to lecture Environmental and Sustainability Studies (2017 – 2018) and Legal Systems (2019) for first year students.



Position: Dean of Law / Professor 
Tel: 021 959 3757
Email: jdeville@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
B Com,
LLB,
LLD

Biography: 

Jacques de Ville 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, 203). 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.


Publications:

 
BOOKS
        Monographs
 
  • Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (Interdoc Consultants 2000)
  • Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa (Butterworths, 2003)
  • Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality (Routledge, 2011)
  • Constitutional Theory: Schmitt after Derrida (Routledge, 2017)

    Edited
     
  • Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) Butterworths (with Nico Steytler)
  • Memory and Meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice (LexisNexis, 2015)

    Translated
     
  • Maris and Jacobs (eds.) Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Springer, 2011)
  • Derrida, Jacques Before the Law: The Complete Text of Préjugés (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) (with Sandra van Reenen)
    JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • “Bill of Rights interpretation in the South African context (1): diagnostic observations” 1993 vol 4 no 1 Stell LR 63-87 with Du Plessis LM
  • “Bill of Rights interpretation in the South African context (2): prognostic observations” 1993 vol 4 no 2 Stell LR 199-218 with Du Plessis LM
  • “Bill of Rights interpretation in the South African context (3) comparative perspectives and future prospects” 1993 vol 4 no 3 Stell LR 356-393 with Du Plessis LM
  • “Die legaliteitsbeginsel in die staats- en administratiefreg onder 'n nuwe grondwetlike bedeling - 'n vergelykende toekomsperspektief” 1993 vol 8 no 1 SA Public Law 68-85
  • “Proportionality as a requirement of legality in administrative law in terms of the new constitution” 1994 vol 9 no 2 SA Public Law 360-377
  • “Interpretation of the general limitation clause in the chapter on fundamental rights” 1994 vol 9 no 2 SA Public Law 287-312
  • “Guidelines for judicial review on `division of powers' grounds” 1995 vol 6 no 2 Stell LR 139-160
  • “The right to administrative justice: An examination of section 24 of the interim constitution” 1995 vol 11 no 2 SAJHR 264-280
  • “What is ‘a system of proportional representation’?” with Chohan-Khota F vol 113 SALJ 1996(3) 400-407
  • “Legal control of outdoor advertisements” with Rabie A 1996 vol 59 no 3 THRHR 436-457
  • “An exercise in proportional representation” with Chohan-Khota F 1996 vol 11 no 1 SA Public Law 30-46
  • “Eduard Fagan in Context” 1997 vol 12 no 2 SA Public Law 493-513
  • “A Systematic View on the Electoral Reform Debate in South Africa” with Michael Krennerich 1997 vol 30 no 1 Verfassung und Recht in Ubersee: Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America 26-41
  • « La répartition des pouvoirs entre le gouvernement national et les gouvernements provinciaux dans la nouvelle constitution Sud Africaine” 1997 no 1 Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé 159-174
  • “Legislative Historical Interpretation” 1999 (2) TSAR 211-223
  • “Meaning and statutory interpretation” 1999 vol 62 no 3 THRHR 373-387
  • “Transformation and Administrative Law” 2000 vol 72 no 1 Scriptura 53-66
  • “Deference as Respect and Deference as Sacrifice: A Reading of Bato Star Fishing v Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism” 2004 vol 20 SAJHR 577-615
  • “The Rule of Law and Judicial Review: Re-Reading Dicey” 2006 Acta Juridica 62-91
  • “Deference and Différance: Judicial Review and the Perfect Gift” 2006 vol 9(2) Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 41-89
  • “Spectres of Coke: Judicial Supervision as a Revolutionary Inheritance” (2007) 18 Law and Critique 29-54
  • “Deconstruction and Law: Derrida, Levinas and Cornell” (2007) 25 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 23-53
  • “Levinas on Law: A Derridean reading of Manderson’s Proximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law” (2007) 16 Griffith Law Review 225-246
  • “Derrida, the Conditional and the Unconditional” (2007) 18 Stellenbosch Law Review 253-285
  •  “Derrida’s The Purveyor of Truth and Constitutional Reading” (2008) 21 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 117-137
  • “Sovereignty without Sovereignty: Derrida’s Declarations of Independence” (2008) 19 Law and Critique 87-114
  • “Desire and Language in Derrida’s ‘Force of Law’” (2009) 95 Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 449-473
  •  “Rethinking the notion of a ‘higher law’: Heidegger and Derrida on the Anaximander fragment” ” (2009) 20(1) Law and Critique 59-78
  • “Derrida and Legal Scholarship: a Certain Step Beyond” 2009 (22) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 141-156
  • “Madness and the Law: The Derrida/Foucault debate revisited” (2010) 21 Law and Critique 17-37
  • “Derrida, Semiotics and Justice” (2010) 23 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 239-242
  • “Revisiting Plato’s Pharmacy” (2010) 23 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 315-338
  • “Rethinking power and law: Foucault’s Society must be Defended” (2011) 24 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 211-226
  • “Mythology and the Images of Justice” (2011) 23 Law and Literature 324-364
  • “On law’s origin: Derrida reading Freud, Kafka and Lévi-Strauss” (2011) 7 Utrecht Law Review 77-92
  • “Deconstructing the Leviathan: Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign” Societies 2012, 2(4), 357-371
  • ‘The Foreign Body within the Body Politic: Derrida, Schmitt and the Concept of the Political’ (2015) 26 Law and Critique 45-63
  • “África do Sul: expropriando terras sem indenização (South Africa: expropriation of land without compensation) (2018) 2 Maisdeum 29-34
  • “Perpetual peace: Derrida reading Kant” (2019) 32 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 335-357
  • “The moral law: Derrida reading Kant” (2019) 12:1 Derrida Today pp. 1-19
  • “On Crime and Punishment: Derrida Reading Kant” 2020 Law and Critique http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10978-019-09254-7

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
  • Electoral Systems in Steytler, Rwelamira, Murphy & De Vos (eds) Free and Fair Elections (1994) 1-24 with Asmal K
  • Postscript: The Legal Framework of South Africa's First Democratic Election in Steytler, Rwelamira, Murphy & De Vos (eds) Free and Fair Elections (1994) 240-262 with Murphy, De Vos & Sarkin
  • Personal Rights: Life, Freedom and Security of the Person, Privacy and Freedom of Movement in Van Wyk, Dugard, De Villiers & Davis (eds) Rights and Constitutionalism: The New South African Legal Order (1994) 212-263 with Du Plessis LM
  • Introduction in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 1-6 with Steytler N
  • The Electoral System in terms of the South African Interim Constitution in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 19-28
  • Proportional Representation: Formulae for the Translation of Votes into Seats in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 49-54
  • Proposal 3: Proportional Representation in multi-member constituencies (model 1) in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 83-99
  • The 1996 Constitution and administrative justice in South Africa in Transition: Focus on the Bill of Rights, Gretchen Carpenter (ed) (1996) 66-77
  • Meaning, violence and responsibility: a response to Professors van der Walt and Gutto in Graham Bradfield and Derek van der Merwe "Meaning" in Legal Interpretation (1998) 114-116
  • ‘Sovereignty without Sovereignty: Derrida’s Declarations of Independence’ in After Sovereignty: On the Question of Political Beginnings, edited by Charles Barbour, George Pavlich (2010) 54-67
  • ‘The Gift and the Meaning-Giving Subject: A Reading of Given Time’, in Prospects of Legal Semiotics, edited by Anne Wagner and Jan M. Broekman (Springer, 2010) 79-105
  • ‘Psychoanalysis’ in CW Maris and FCLM Jacobs (eds) Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Springer, 2011) 273-286
  • (Translated as ‘Psychoanalyse’ in Maris & Jacobs Recht, Orde en Vrijheid: Een historische inleiding in de rechtsfilosofie’ 3d ed (Kluwer, 2011) 331-346)
  • ‘Deconstruction’ in Maris and Jacobs (eds) Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Springer, 2011) 342-352
  • (Translated as ‘Deconstructie’ in Maris & Jacobs Recht, Orde en Vrijheid: Een historische inleiding in de rechtsfilosofie’ 3d ed (Kluwer, 2011) 412-424)
  • ‘The ghostly dance of Zarathustra’ in Jacobs F & Pessers D (eds) Stof en Blik: Opstellen, aangeboden aan Cees Maris van Sandelingenambacht (2013) 131-134
  • ‘Introduction’ in J de Ville (ed) Memory and Meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice (LexisNexis, 2015) xi-xxxv
  • ‘Rethinking the Concept of the Political: Derrida’s reading of Schmitt’s Theory of the Partisan’ in Matilda Arvidsson, Leila Brännström and Panu Minkkinen (eds), The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016) 134-146
  • ‘Schmitt’s Weisheit der Zelle: Rethinking the concept of the political’ in Motha and van Rijswijk (eds) Law, Memory, Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive (Routledge, 2016) 215-231

BOOK REVIEWS
  • Review of Bertus de Villiers (ed) Evaluating Federal Systems in 1996 Stell LR 124-125
  • Review of Administrative Law Reform 1996 Stell LR 257-259
  • Review of The Bill of Rights Handbook 1998 1999 Stell LR 130-133
  • Review of David Dyzenhaus (ed) The Unity of Public Law (2005) 20 SA Public Law 238-242
  • Book Review of Judith Still Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) for the Oxford Literary Review (2013) 35(1) 117-119
 

Networks:

  • Derrida scholars
  • Critical Legal scholars



Position: Senior Professor
Tel: 083 258 6230
Email: jsloth-nielsen@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
LLD 

Biography: 

Prof Sloth-Nielsen has been a staff member at UWC since 1994. She managed the children’s rights project at the Community Law Centre (now Dullah Omar Institute) from then until 2000, when she joined the Faculty itself. She was a member of the SALRC Project Committee that drafted the Child Justice Act as well as the Children’s Act. She has also worked on law reform in various African countries, and written training manuals and continental reports. She was appointed as a part time chair at the Department of Child Law at Leiden University in 2013, a position which she still holds. She has extensive postgraduate supervision experience with more than 70 students having graduated under her supervision. She has enjoyed a NRF B2 rating for the last decade, and has published extensively on a myriad of issues related to children’s rights and family law. She serves on an international expert group on surrogacy, has completed a five year term as a member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and lectured internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, China, and the United Kingdom.  


Publications:

Publications (since 2017).
 
  • “Child Justice” in Boezaart T (ed) Child Law in South Africa (Juta 2017) pp 677-725
  • “The African children’s rights system” in Boezaart T Child Law in South Africa (Juta 2017) pp 424-445
  • “Visions on Surrogacy - From North to South: the approach of the Netherlands and South Africa to the issue of surrogacy and the child’s right to know his origin” (with S Florescu) M Brining (ed) 2017 International Survey on Family Law, Jordan publishers, UK
  • “Southern African Perspectives on banning corporal punishment – A comparison of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe” in Saunders, B.J., Naylor, B., and Leviner, P. (Eds.) Comparative social and legal developments in dealing with corporal punishment of children’ (Brill publishers, 2018) ISBN:978-90-04-35597-2
  • “Children and informal justice systems in Africa” M Brinig (ed) (2018 International Survey on Family Law, Intersentia publishers Cambridge)
  • “Monitoring and enforcement of children’s rights” in Liefaard T and Kikelly U “International Human Rights of Children” (Springer publishers, 2018) ISBN 978-981-10-4183-9 ISBN 978-981-10-4184- 6 (eBook) ISBN 978-981-10-4185-3 (print and electronic bundle) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4184-6
  • Surrogacy in South Africa in Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy (ed J Scherpe, C Fenton Glynn and T Kaan (eds) Intersentia 2019 (Feb 24) ISBN 978 178 068 6523
  • “Recent developments in juvenile justice in Namibia (ISFL, Intersentia, 2019 )
  • “Access to justice for children in Zimbabwe” (with B Mushowhe) Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice: Policy
  • Implementation in Sub Saharan Africa (Dubin, Mwambene and Lawson eds) (2020)
  • “Independent children” (with K Klep) in The Routledge Handbook of Children’s Rights Law  (J Todres and M shani King (ed) Routledge, 2020).
  • “The Role of Social Workers in South Africa’s Child Justice System” (Raoul Wallenburg Institute and School for Social Work, Normal University, Beijing), 2020
  • “The rights of minor siblings in migration” (with M Buddenbaum) in MAK Klaassen, T Liefaard, P Rodrigues and SE Rap “Safeguarding children’s rights in immigration Law (Intersentia, 2020)
    Forthcoming:
  • “The Child Protection System in South Africa” for the International handbook on Child Protection Systems (Skivenes M and J Duerr ed) (Oxford University Press)
  • ”The Netherlands reporting to the CRC after 20 years (with A Bolscher) for a book on 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Punselie et al eds) (in Dutch)
  • “Children’s rights and parental authority in Africa” (J Eekelaar and R George eds) Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy.
  • “Restorative Justice in Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa” ( T Chapman and A Wolthuis (eds)
  • “Child Participation in Family Law Proceedings – South Africa for the International Handbook of Child Participation (N Taylor, M Bruning, C Mol, W Schrama eds) Oxford Handbook of Child Participation

Journal Articles:
 
  • KOS v Minister of Home Affairs (2017) (submitted SAJHR, 5 March 2018, resubmitted 7 December 2018, final edits 2019) https://doi.org/10.1080/02587203.2019.1662732 vol 35 (3) p 290-310
  • “Recent developments in Child Justice (2016-2018)” South African Journal on Criminal Justice vol 31 (1) 2018 172-187
    “Reflections on 20 years of children’s rights constitutional litigation” 2019 De Jure  75
  • “Safeguarding children in the developing world – beyond intra-organisational policy and self-regulation” 2020 Soc Sci (with Afrooz Kaviani) (Abstract: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/9/6/98 PDF Version: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/9/6/98/pdf)
  • “Sideswipes and Backhanders: Abolition of the Corporal Punishment Defence in South Africa” (2020) International Journal of Law Policy and the Family (accepted for publication August 2020)
  • SDG 16 and the impact of the CRC on pre-trial detention of children in South Africa (with S Mutsvara) 2020 Speculum Iuris (accepted for publication August 2020)
  • Mothers and others – transgender birth and the rights of the child (with Rachel Sloth-Nielsen) submitte to the Journal of Discrimination Law (submitted June 2020)
  • Child protection, safeguarding and the role of the African Children’s Charter: looking back and looking ahead (submitted to the African Human Rights Law Journal) (with A Kaviani Johnson)
  • Raising the bar – changes to the minimum age of criminal responsibility (for the SACJ, in preparation for end July 2020)
 

Networks:

  • Member, international expert group on children’s rights in surrogacy
  • Editorial board: International Journal on Children’s Rights
  • Editorial Board Chronicle (journal of the international association of child and youth court magistrates and judges)
  • Co-convenor, working group of the international law association on cross border remedies for children’s rights violations
  • Co-Convenor: Summer school on the Frontiers of Children’s Rights, Leiden
  • Co Convenor: Annual child and family law conference (with Miller du Toit Cloete Inc)



Position: Associate Professor
Tel: 021 959 3287
Email: rhenrico@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
B Proc, LLB, LLM (cum laude), LLD

Biography: 

Prof Henrico completing pupillage and practiced at the Johannesburg Bar of Advocates for a period of 14 years until 2010. Whilst at the Bar he also served as a part-time commissioner of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). In 2010 he obtained his LLM degree in Labour Law (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg and was awarded the SASLAW prize of excellence for obtaining the highest marks in such degree. In 2012, he was invited to join the Department of Public Law and Procedure in the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg where he lectured Administrative Law and Criminal Procedure. He obtained his doctorate in 2017 with his thesis titled “Religious discrimination in the South African workplace”. He relocated to the Western Cape in 2018 and has been a staff member of UWC since 2019 in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence where he lectures Administrative Law. He is an NRF rated researcher with research interests in Administrative Law, Religious Discrimination, Labour Law, Transformative Legal Education, and the Rule of Law.


Publications:

Articles published in journals:
 
  • Henrico and Smit “The contract of employment in labour law: obstacle or panacea?” 2010 Obiter 247
  • Henrico “Mutual accommodation of religious differences in the workplace – a jostling of rights” 2012 Obiter 503
  • Henrico “Revisiting the rule of law and principle of legality: judicial nuisance or licence? Journal of South African Law (TSAR) 2014 742
  • Henrico “The role played by dignity in religious discrimination disputes” 2014 Obiter 24
  • Henrico “Understanding the concept of “religion” within the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom” Journal of South African Law (TSAR) 2015 784
  • Henrico “South African constitutional and legislative framework on equality: How effective is it in addressing religious discrimination in the workplace?” 2015 Obiter 275
  • Henrico R “Religious discrimination in the South African workplace:    regulated regimes and flexible adjudication” 2016 Industrial Law Journal 847
  • Henrico R “Educating South African legal practitioners: Combining transformative legal education with Ubuntu" 2016 US-China Law Review 817 
  • Henrico R “Revisiting a culture of tolerance relating to religious unfair discrimination in South Africa (Part 1)” 2017 Obiter 229
  • Henrico R “Revisiting a culture of tolerance relating to religious unfair discrimination in South Africa (Part 2)” 2017 Obiter 574“The state of emergency under the South African apartheid system of government: reflections and criticisms” Zeitschrift fur Menschenrechte – Journal for Human Rights
  • Henrico R “Subverting PAJA in judicial review: The cause of much uncertainty in South African Administrative Law” Journal of South African Law (TSAR) 2018 288
  • Henrico R “Proselytizing the regulation of religious bodies in South Africa: Suppressing religious freedom?” in 2019 PELJ 1-27
  • Henrico R & Fick S “The state of emergency under the South African apartheid system of government: reflections and criticisms” Zeitschrift fur Menschenrechte – Journal for Human Rights 2019
  • Henrico R “Legislative administrative action and the limited extent of public participation” submitted for peer review to the 2019 Journal of Law, Democracy and Development
  • Henrico R “Legislative administrative action and the limited extent of public participation” 2020 TSAR 496-509
  • Henrico R “The functus officio doctrine and invalid administrative action in South African administrative law: A flexible approach” 2020 Speculum Juris 115-129
  • Henrico R “Administrative law and voluntary religious associations in South Africa: some reflections” 2021 Journal of South African Law 521-537 
     
Chapters in books:
 
  • Henrico R “Beyond mere rules and regulatory frameworks: A reply to M. Benecke, ‘Discrimination in working life and anti-discrimination law – experiments and experiences in Germany and beyond’” in Hugo & Mollers (eds) Transnational Impacts on Law: Perspectives from South Africa and Germany (Nomos – Juta) 119-133
  • Henrico R “Transformative constitutionalism and transformative legal education with reference to the decolonization and Africanisation of legal education” in Mpedi, Tshivashe & Reddi (eds) Decolonisation and Africanisation of Legal Education in South Africa (SALDA Juta 2019) 17-29
  • Henrico R “Religious discrimination” in Garbers C and Dupper O (eds) Essential Employment Discrimination Law (2nd ed Juta). Due for publication in 2020
Book reviews:
 
  • C Joubert Applied Law for Public Officials (2013) Journal of South African Law 2014 928
  • JJ Joubert (ed) Criminal Procedure Handbook (2013) Journal of South African Law 2014 927
  • P Ramsden (2019) The Law of Arbitration: South African and International Arbitration Journal of South African Law
  • P van Blerk (2019) Precedents for Applications in Civil Proceedings Journal of South African Law
  • J Grant (2019) The Responsible Mind in South African Criminal Law Journal of South African Law
Books:
 
  • Henrico R Trust and the Employment Relationship in South African Labour Law (Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken (2009)
  • Henrico R & Mpedi GL "Law LifeLine: Labour Law for Non-Law Students" (LexisNexis 2011)
    Burns Y & Henrico R Administrative Law (5th ed LexisNexis 2020)
     

Networks:

  • Administrative Justice Association of South Africa (AjJASA)
  • Legal Standing Committee of the Old Apostolic Church of Arica
  • Admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
  • Former member of the Johannesburg Bar
  • Member of editorial board of Law Development and Democracy Journal



Position: Senior Lecturer
Tel: 021 959 3296
Email: sfick@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
LLB, LLM, PhD

Biography: 

Sarah Fick completed her LLB and LLM degrees at the University of Stellenbosch. Her LLM thesis is titled "Consenting to objectifying treatment? Human dignity and individual freedom". During her LLM studies, Sarah worked as a candidate attorney at Kemp & associates. She was enrolled as an attorney and conveyancer in 2013. Sarah taught at the University of Cape Town from 2013 to 2017. During this time she completed her PhD thesis, titled  "The power of the court to grant alternative accommodation orders - An investigation into when an alternative accommodation order as a condition to the eviction of unlawful occupiers in terms of PIE would comply with the court’s constitutional mandate". Sarah joined the UWC Law Faculty in February 2018. She teaches in Constitutional Law and Public International Law. She is currently busy with a research project focusing on the City of Cape Town’s housing duty.

Publications:

 
  • Radley Henrico & Sarah Fick ‘The State of Emergency under the South African Apartheid System of Government: Reflections and Criticisms’ (2019) Zeitscrift für Menschenrechte - forthcoming
  • Sarah Fick ‘Ficher v Unlawful Occupiers and others 2018 (2) SA 228 (WCC): Difficulties in seeking damages for a failure by the police to prevent unlawful occupation’ (2019) SALJ - forthcoming
  • Michel Vols & Sarah Fick ‘Using eviction to combat housing-related criminal and anti-social behaviour in south Africa and the Netherlands (2017) SALJ 134 (2) 327
  • Sarah Fick & Michel Vols ‘Best protection against eviction? A comparative analysis of protection against evictions in the European Convention on Human Rights and the South African Constitution’ (2016) 3:1 European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 40
  • Sarah Fick & Paul van der Merwe ‘RAF v Sweatman (162/2014) [2015] ZASCA 22 (20 March 2015) A simple illustration of the SCA’s statutory misinterpretation of section 17(4)(c) of the Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1998’ (2015) 18:7 PER/PELJ 2804
  • Sarah Fick ‘Obtaining alternative accommodation through family: [discussion of Omar NO v Omar [2011] ZQWCHC]’ (2015) 26:3 StellLR 678
  • Sarah Fick ‘Valid consent to objectifying treatment should be allowed’ (2013) 28:2 SAPL 346
     



Position: Extraordinary Professor 
Tel: 021 959 3442
Email: wscholtz@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
Doctorate (Leiden)

Biography: 

Werner Scholtz (born on 4 December 1974) obtained his doctorate in law from Leiden University in 2001. Scholtz is a Senior Professor of Law and Head of Department in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence of the University of the Western Cape(South Africa) as well as a Visiting Professor at Lincoln Law School (UK). He specialises in international environmental law. His current research focuses on the consequences of the increasing importance of animal welfare for international wildlife law and resulted in publications in Transnational Environmental Law, the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy as well as a book publication (W Scholtz (ed.) Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law, Edward Elgar, 2019). Scholtz is an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and “internationally acclaimed”National Research Foundation rated researcher. Werner Scholtz has served on several International Law Association Committees.


Publications:

Books:
 
  • W Scholtz and J Verschuuren (eds.) Regional Environmental Law: Transnational Comparative Lessons in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development (Edward Elgar, 2015) 444pp
  • W Scholtz (ed.) Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) 323pp

    Articles in International Journals:
     
  • W Scholtz ‘Killing them Softly: Animal Welfare and the Inhumanity of Whaling’ Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (2017) 18-37
  • W Scholtz ‘Injecting compassion into International Wildlife Law via a Welfare-Centric Ethic. From Compassion to Conservation?’Transnational Environmental Law (2017) 463-483
  • W Scholtz and G Ferreira ‘Transitional Justice and Climate Change Negotiations: The Advent of a Carbon TRC?’Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa(2015) 42-58
  • W Scholtz and G Ferreira ‘Much Ado About Nothing? The SADC Tribunal’s Quest for the Rule of Law’ Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht/Heidelberg International Law Journal (2011) 331-358
  • W Scholtz ‘Equity as the Basis for Future Global Emission Reductions: Between Pragmatic Panacea and Idealistic Impediment. The optimization of the CBDR principle via Realism’ The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (2009) 166-182
  • W Scholtz and G Ferreira ‘Has the Constitutional Court found the Lost Ball in the High Weeds? The Interpretation of Section 231 of the South African Constitution’ The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (2009) 264-271
  • W Scholtz ‘Custodial Sovereignty: Reconciliation of Sovereignty and Global Environmental Challenges amongst the Vestiges of Colonialism’ Netherlands International Law Review (2008) 323-341
  • W Scholtz ‘Environmental Security as the Yeast for the Refinement of International Law’ Oxford Yearbook of International Environmental Law (2008) 135-162
  • W Scholtz ‘Common heritage: Saving the Environment for Humankind or Exploiting Resources in the Name of Eco-Imperialism?’ Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (2008) 273-293
  • W Scholtz ‘The Interpretation of section 231: A Lost Ball in the High Weeds!’ Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (2008) 221-244
  • W Scholtz ‘Animal culling: A Sustainable Approach or Anthropocentric Atrocity? Issues of Biodiversity. Towards Custodial Sovereignty’ Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law (2005) 9-30
  • W Scholtz ‘The Transfer of Technology between the North and the South: Killed by the TRIPS Agreement?’ Tilburg Foreign Law Review (2005) 208-231
Chapters in Books:
 
  • W Scholtz ‘Equity in International Environmental Law’ in L Rajamani and J Peele (eds.) Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (forthcoming, Oxford, 2019)
  • W Scholtz ‘Introduction’ in: W Scholtz (ed.) Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) 1-8
  • W Scholtz ‘Trading in Rhino Horn for the sake of Conservation: Dehorning the Myth trough the Emergence of Wildlife Welfare’ in: W Scholtz (ed.) Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) 235-268
  • W Scholtz ‘Global Goals and the Environment: We are on a Road to Nowhere’ in D French and L Kotze (eds.) Sustainable Development Goals. Law, Theory and Implementation (Edward Elgar, 2018)222-249 (with M Barnard)
  • W Scholtz ‘Climate Change and the African Union’ in T Humby et al Climate Change. Law and Governance in South Africa (Juta, 2016) 1-21
  • W Scholtz ‘Human rights and the Environment in the African Union context’ in: L Kotze and A Grear (eds.) The Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment (Edward Elgar, 2015) 401-422
  • ‘Introduction’ in Regional Environmental Law: Transnational Comparative Lessons in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development (Edward Elgar, 2015) 1-17 (with J Verschuuren) (To be reprinted with permission of authors in JE Viñuales (ed.) Research Collection Comparative Environmental Law(Edward Elgar)
  • ‘Africa and Climate Change: Legal perspectives from the AU’ in W Scholtz and J Verschuuren (eds.) Regional Environmental Law: Transnational Comparative Lessons in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development (Edward Elgar, 2015) 51-71 (with D Pallangyo)
  • ‘Legal Protection of the Environment in H Strydom (ed.) International Law (Oxford, 2015) 504-544
  • W Scholtz ‘Human Rights and Climate Change: Extending the Extraterritorial Dimension via the Common Concern’ in W Benedek et al (eds.) Common Interest and International Law (Intersentia, 2014) 127-142
  • W Scholtz ‘Greening Permanent Sovereignty through the Common Concern in the Climate Change Regime: Awake Custodial Sovereignty!’ in: O Ruppel (ed.) International Climate Law and Global Governance: Legal Responses to a Changing Environment (Nomos, 2013) 201-214
  • W Scholtz ‘Custodial Sovereignty: Reconciliation of Sovereignty and Global Environmental Challenges amongst the Vestiges of Colonialism’ in: K de Feyter (ed.) Globalisation and Common Responsibilities of States in International Law (Ashgate, 2013) (Reprinted with permission from Cambridge publishers)
  • W Scholtz ‘A Sustainable and Equitable Legal Order’ in: K Morrow, A H Benjamin, J Benidickson, B Boer, (eds.) Environmental Law and Sustainability after Rio (Edward Elgar, 2011) 119-137
  • L Kotze and W Scholtz ‘Environmental Law - Africa, Sub-Saharan’ in: K Bosselmann, D Fogel, and JB Ruhl (eds.) The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability (Berkshire, 2011) 179-187
  • W Scholtz ‘Environmental Harmonisation in the SADC region: an Acute Case of Asymmetry’ in: K Meesen et al (eds.) Economic Law as an Economic Good: Its Rule Function and its Tool Function in the Competition of Systems (Sellier European Publishers, 2009) 385-397
Articles in National Journals:
 
  • M Barnard and W Scholtz ‘Fiat Lux! Deriving a Right to Energy from the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2013) 49-66
  • W Scholtz and C Kentaro ‘International Armed Conflict and the Environment: Lessons from the Revised Convention’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2014)
  • W Scholtz ‘The Reconciliation of Transnational Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights Obligations and Sovereign Equality via the Common Interest’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2012) 232-248
  • W Scholtz ‘The African Continent and the Special Situation/Vulnerability Principle in the Climate Change Regime’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2011) 201-208 (Note)
  • W Scholtz 'Review of the Role, Functions and Terms of Reference of the SADC Tribunal' SADC Law Journal (2011) 197-203 (Note)
  • W Scholtz ‘Environmentally Displaced Persons, Climate Change and the AU: The Day After No Tomorrow?’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2010) 35-55
  • W Scholtz ‘The Promotion of Regional Environmental Security and Africa's Common Position on Climate Change' (2010) African Human Rights Law Journal 1-25
  • W Scholtz ‘One Environment, Different Countries: a Critical Southern Discourse on the Common but Differentiated Responsibilities Principle’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2008) 113-136
  • W Scholtz ‘Northern NGOs, Southern NGOs and International Environmental Law: The Common Interest of Humankind is the Interest of Northern Mankind!’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2007) 247-260             
  • W Scholtz ‘The Promotion of Sustainable Development through Co-operation: a Case for the Creation of a Global Environmental Organisation?’ TSAR (2006) 651-664
  • W Scholtz ‘The Inclusion of Trade Measures in MEAs: Necessary Evil or Deus ex Machina?’ Speculum Juris (2006) 36-50
  • W Scholtz ‘MEAs and the WTO: The Vienna Convention to the Rescue’ South African Public Law Journal (2005) 365-377
  • W Scholtz ‘The Anthropocentric Approach to Sustainable Development in NEMA and the Constitution’ TSAR (2005) 69-85
  • W Scholtz ‘Co-operative and Participatory Governance via the Implementation of Environmental Co-operation Agreements’ South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy(2005) 183-194
  • W Scholtz ‘A Few Thoughts on Section 231 of the South African Constitution, 108 of 1996’ South African Yearbook of International Law (2004) 202-216
  • W Scholtz ‘The Relationship between Trade and Environment in the WTO: Prolonging the Conflict between the North and the South?’ Speculum Juris (2004) 250-265
  • W Scholtz ‘Lessons to be Learnt from the Extinction of the National Flower of South’ Obiter(2004) 406-413
  • W Scholtz ‘Introduction to Environmental Management Co-operation Agreements’ South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy(2004) 31-52
  • W Scholtz ‘The Changing Rules of Jus ad Bellum: Conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq’ PER(2004) 1-37
  • W Scholtz ‘The Precautionary Principle & International Trade Law: Conflict or Reconciliation?’ South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (2002) 163-175
     

Networks:

  • International Law Association
  • IUCN
  • Global Network on Human Rights and the Environment
  • Environmental Law Association


Position: Head of Department / Professor
Tel: 021 959 3309
Email: wleroux@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
BLC,
LLB (UWC),
BA Hons (RAU),
LLD (UP)



Position: Senior Lecturer
Tel: 021 959 3289
Email: wnortje@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
LLB, LLM, LLD 

Biography: 

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.

Publications:

Book -
 
  • Nortje, W. 2020. Child Soldiers and the Defence of Duress in International Criminal Law (with Quenivet, N.) (Palgrave Macmillan, London)
Journal Articles -
 
  • Nortje, W. 2021. Warrantless Search and Seizures by the South African Police Service: Weighing up the Right to Privacy versus the Prevention of Crime. 24 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 1-27
  • Nortje, W. 2019. Deciphering Dangerousness: A Critical Analysisof Section 286A and B of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (with Hamman, A. B. and Albertus, C.) 22 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 1-21
  • Nortje, W. 2019. Vonnisbespreking: Die beskerming van die identiteit van minderjariges by volwassenheid: Centre for Child Law v Media 24 Ltd 2018 2 SACR 696 (HHA) 16(2) Litnet Akademies 623-641
  • Nortje, W. 2018. Section 9B of the Protected Disclosures Amendment Act, 5 of 2017: Discouraging Whistleblowers from Disclosing Corrupt Activities? 2(2) Journal of Anti-Corruption Law 196-213
  • Nortje, W. 2017. South Africa’s Refusal to Arrest Omar Al-Bashir FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 85
  • Nortje, W. 2017. A Fresh Perspective on Historical Sexual Abuse: The Case of Hewitt v S 2017 1 SACR 309 (SCA) (with Du Toit, P.) 20 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 1-21
  • Nortje, W. 2017. Vergoedingsboetes in strafregtelike verrigtinge - ʼn Vars perspektief (with Hamman, A. B.) 14(1) Litnet Akademies 281-303
  • Nortje, W. 2017. Victim or Villain: Exploring the Possible Bases of a Defence in the Ongwen Case at the International Criminal Court. 17(1) International Criminal Law Review, 186-207
  • Nortje, W. 2016. Die bekendmaking van die identiteit van anonieme minderjariges by meerderjarigheid: regverdigbaar of nie? (with Hamman, A. B.) 13(2) Litnet Akademies, 730-752

Networks:

  • African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice



Position: Professor
Tel: 021 959 3289
Email: yfessha@uwc.ac.za

Qualifications:
PHD (University of the Western Cape) 
LLM (University of Pretoria,
LLB, Faculty of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia,
Diploma in ‘Federalism, constitutionalism and democratic governance in multicultural societies’, The Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 

Biography: 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Constitutional law
Human rights
Ethnicity and nationalism in plural societies
Federalism, Decentralisation, local government and intergovernmental relations

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Constitutional law’
Advanced Public Law(elective)
‘Constitutional design for divided societies’ (postgraduate)