The FSCHR has the potential to stimulate critical scholarship in the field of human rights through its postgraduate and research programme. This is reflected in the mission of the Research Division to deepen the study of human rights and further critical human rights praxes by:

  • Conducting research on the promotion, protection, and monitoring of human rights institutionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Generating comparative and international research initiatives on the scholarship of human rights within various sociopolitical contexts.
  • Developing novel methodologies in which traditional human rights issues can be complemented by inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches.
  • Pursuing scholarship and interventions on human rights issues in university contexts and within associated communities.



Prof JL Pretorius
T: +27 51 401 2821



G Du Plessis
  1. ‘The European struggle with religious diversity – Osmanoglu and Kocabas v Switzerland’. Journal of Church and State (2017),
  2. ‘The Wearing of Religious and Cultural Symbols in South African Public Schools’. In: Religious and ideological rights in education: Judicial perspectives from 32 legal systems (2017), 462-473. Editors: Pablo Meix Cereceda and Jan de Groof.Wolf Legal Publishers.
  3. ‘The dissemination of religious knowledge in South African public schools’. In: Religion, Law and Education: Tensions and Perspectives 2017, 229-250. Editors: Jan de Groof, Georgia du Plessis and Maria Smirnova. Wolf Legal Publishers.
  4. ‘Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority’. Book review. Journal for Juridical Science, 2017, volume 42, number 1, pp. 139-147.
  5. ‘“Rhodes must fall” - An alternative approach to statues in the South African public sphere’. M. Christian Green, Rosalind I.J. Hackett, Len Hansen, and Francois Venter (eds). Religious Pluralism, Heritage and Social Development. Sun Media: Stellenbosch, 2017, 271-290.
  6. ‘S v Makwanyane and Another Case (S Afr)’. Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. Oxford Constitutional Law. 2017.
B Kruger
  1. ‘Combating child trafficking in the Children’s Act and the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act’, in Child Law in South Africa. Edited by T Boezaart. (2009) Update: 2017. Claremont: Juta & Co Ltd.
  2. ‘Exploring “Juju” and human trafficking: Towards a demystified perspective and response’ South African Review of Sociology 48(2) (2017) pp. 70–86 (co-author: Marcel van der Watt Department of Police Practice University of South Africa)
MJ Nkhata
  1. ‘The Malawi-Rwanda Extradition Treaty of February 2017: An Arrangement of Convenience or a Convenience of Arrangement’. International Criminal Law Review 17 (2017) 844-878.
  2. ‘A pretentious Commitment? Constitutional Promises and Anti-corruption Work in Malawi’. To be published as a conference paper by Oxford University Press.
  3. ‘Safeguarding the Integrity of Judicial Appointments in Malawi: A Proposed Reform Agenda’. Submitted to the Journal of African Law.
  4. ‘Taking one for team Malawi? Some Reflections on the Trial of Malawi’s Hyena-man Status’.Submitted to the Journal for Juridical Science. Awaiting peer review.
  5. ‘Spotlight on the guardians of the gatekeepers: An assessment of the Judicial Service Commission of Malawi’. Submitted to the Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa. Awaiting peer review.
  6. ‘Academic freedom, institutional autonomy and the University of Malawi: An analysis of some trends and prospects’. Submitted to Law, Democracy and Development. Awaiting peer review.
  7. ‘Emerging trends from the re-sentencing of capital offenders in Malawi: Should post-conviction factors matter?’ Submitted to the Cornell Law Review. Paper pending results of peer review.
  8. ‘The short happy life of the SADC Tribunal: The perils of regional integration in Southern Africa’. Submitted to the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. Paper pending results of peer review.
  9. ‘Access to justice for persons with disabilities in Malawi: Exploring some challenges and possibilities in the criminal justice system.’ Submitted to the African Human Rights Law Journal. Paper pending results of peer review.
M Okpaluba
  1. ‘Damages for wrongful arrest, detention and malicious prosecution in Swaziland: Liability issues’. Submitted to the Journal for Juridical Science.
  2. ‘Damages for wrongful arrest, detention and malicious prosecution in Swaziland: Quantification problems’. Submitted to the Journal for Juridical Science.
JL Pretorius
  1. ‘The limitation of definitional reasoning regarding “quotas” and “absolute barriers” as illustrated by Solidarity v Department of Correctional Services’ Stellenbosch Law Review 2017(2) 269-286.
  2. ‘Substantive equality and the beneficiaries of broad-based black economic empowerment’. 2017 (8) THRHR 390-411 (co-author A du Plessis).
  3. ‘Aligning school discipline with the best interests of the child: Some deficits in the legislative framework’. Submitted for publication in Perspectives in Education. (Co-author M Reyneke). 
  4. Employment Equity Law Revision Service. 17 (2017) LexisNexis:Durban.
J Wolf
  • ‘Individual responsibility and collective state responsibility for international crimes: separate or complementary concepts under international law’. In Krzan, B (ed). Prosecuting International Crimes: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2016) pp. 3-52. Nijhoff/Brill: Leiden/Boston.
L Wolf
  1. ‘The Remedial Action of the "State of Capture" Report in Perspective’ PER / PELJ 2017(20) - DOI
  2. ‘In search for a definition for administrative action’ SAJHR 2017(2). Available at
  3. ‘The South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the context of xenophobia, cycles of violence and epigenetic trauma’. In Krzan, B (ed) Prosecuting International Crimes: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2016) pp. 274-298. Nijhoff/Brill: Leiden/Boston.
  4. ‘The constitutionality and legality of the tax incentive scheme questionable’. Namibia University Law Review, 2017, Vol 3, Issue 2, 1-46.
  5. ‘A succinct definition of administrative action a prerequisite for secure just administrative action’. Namibia University Law Review 2017 Vol 3 Issue 2, 119-210.


JL Pretorius

  • Employment Equity Law. Revision Service 16.


Mrs Sophie Maasdorp
T: + 27 51 401 2451
F: + 27 51 401 3043


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