Articulate and diligent professional with vast exposure and wide-ranging knowledge, experience and demonstrable success gained in undertaking a variety of influential high end research and lecturing roles specializing in complex and challenging fields of law.
Education And Qualifications
University of Fort Hare
MA in International Studies (2009)
University of Stellenbosch
Research Coordinator (2011 – Present)
University of Cape Town, South Africa (2009 – Present)
• Based in the Department of Private Law under the Chair in Customary Law (the Chair) located at the Law Faculty’s Department of Private Law, with responsibility for;
• Effectively managing the day to day running of the Chair in Customary Law including organizing conferences and seminars and setting up of meetings and arranging venues for the Chair
• Carrying out field-work for the Chair’s research project on women and customary law
• Reading, editing and referencing manuscripts generated by the Chair and researchers
• Contributing actively to all stages of the Chair’s research process
• Identifying possible publication outlets for the Chair’s publications
• Coordinating regular research related events at the Chair including research seminars
• Coordination of trips for the Chair holder and researchers
• Representing the Chair in public forums and Supervising researchers and research assistants
• Preparing NRF reports on the day to day running of the Chair
• Advertising and marketing post-graduate programmes offered at the Chair to other universities
• Offering career guidance to final year law students interested in pursuing post-graduate studies
• Organizing national meetings of researchers, NGOs and collaborators for the Chair
• Managing the budget of the Chair
• Negotiating potential collaborative research work with other research institutes for the Chair
• Procuring stationery and equipment needed for the day to day running of the Chair
• Assisting with making applications for ethical clearance for the Chair
• Drawing up research contracts for the Chair and other collaborating research institutes
Other Research Responsibilities & Activities (November 2009 – 2011)
• Assisted the Director of Research at the University’s Law faculty (Prof Hanri Mostert) with reading and writing her research projects such as articles for publication in various journals & textbooks
• Proofreading final year property law students’ papers for credibility, accurateness and general language errors before publication on the course’s website (www.landlawwatch.co.za)
• Maintaining and updating the course’s website with current news and information relating to land law and land issues in South Africa
• General research administration for the director of research
• Currently, in charge of a country-wide research project and carrying out field research for investigating “The Operation of the Reformed Customary Law in Practice: The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act and Rules of Intestate Succession Introduced by the Constitutional Court in Bhe v Magistrate Khayelitsha.” The project seeks to close the gap between living customary law and official customary law of marriage and succession.
• Closely involved in organizing the workshop for the Chair involved in advocacy work on the Traditional Courts Bill. The workshop was hosted at parliament on the 30th May 2012, and was aimed at giving members of the select committee on security and constitutional development workshop on the traditional courts bill an opportunity to discuss the implications of the Bill for vulnerable groups; addressing the concerns regarding the Bill’s constitutionality; identifying solutions that may be proposed to both protect vulnerable groups affected by the Bill and to align legislation dealing with traditional courts with the Constitution.
Lecturer in the Law Faculty (November 2009 – 2013)
Teaching the following degree courses;
• African Customary Law – RDL4005H: Final-year compulsory course in African Customary Law
• African Law – CML5684F Masters Level course offered by the Chair in Comparative Law
• Foundations of South African Law-RDL1003W Foundations of South African Law
• Property Law-RDL2002H: Compulsory introductory course in basic Property Law
• Law of Contract CONT: 301 Compulsory course in basic law of contract
• RDL5023X / RDL5423H Research Focus Group: Land Law-2010-2012 Elective final-year research course in Land Law
• Examination and assessment of written work, and providing general student support and advice
• Assisting the course convener with course design and administration and the supervision of approximately 15 final-year LLB projects and assessing their (8,000-10,000 words) research papers
• Compilation of reading material and study guide
• Examination and assessment of individual research projects
Participatory Assessment Leader (2008)
UNHCR Cape Town
• Building partnerships among refugees of all ages and backgrounds by promoting meaningful participation through structured dialogue
• Supervising other researchers during data and information gathering among refugees
• Holding discussions among refugees to gather information on specific protection risks they face and the causes
• Mapping out solutions for the protection risks faced by refugees
• Mobilising refugees to take collective action to enhance their safety
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