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Your Topic & Supervisor

Choosing Your Topic and Supervisor

Students are encouraged to approach a member of staff or programme convenor and propose an outline for their minor dissertation. The proposal should ideally contain the following aspects: the title; an abstract (of 400 words); the main research question and sub-questions to be addressed in the dissertation; the structure of the dissertation (with a brief description of the type of content to be included under each heading and subheading); and a provisional reading list. If the proposal is acceptable to the prospective supervisor, the student must arrange with that member of the Faculty staff to act as their supervisor.

When choosing your topic keep the following important key considerations in mind:

  • Does the substantive area you wish to research relate to the content covered in one/more of your courses and your chosen specialisation (if relevant)?
  • Is the proposed area of research contemporary and novel?
  • Is there sufficient and relevant academic resources on which you can draw to found your analysis?
  • Is the scope and ambit of you proposed topic viable within the allotted word count - 25 000 words in the case of LLM/MPhil students and 12 500 in the case of PGDip students (registered on the old PGDP programmes)

When choosing a prospective supervisor keep the following important considerations in mind:

  • Is the prospective supervisor academically competent in your anticipated area of research?
  • Do you feel that the prospective supervisor will represent your interests and meet your expectations?
  • Do you feel freely able to communicate with your prospective supervisor?

Registering your Topic and Supervisor

The formal appointment of your supervisor and registration of your topic is done by way of completing a Memorandum of Understanding and lodging it with the SALS Administrator (Law Faculty Office, Rm 4.48, Kramer Law Building). This Memorandum of Understanding should set out: the respective responsibilities and expectations of both supervisor and student; and the deadline for submission of the dissertation/or parts of it for comment and examination. An example of such a Memorandum, which must be signed by both you and your prospective supervisor, is attached to the Guidelines For Minor Dissertation/Research Papers. This process must be completed at the point of registration. Any subsequent change of supervisor must be similarly registered.The list of supervisors and their areas of specialization:

Title

Name

Contact details

Areas of Supervision

Available in 2017

A/Prof

Alexander-Barratt,A

amanda-alexander.barratt@uct.ac.za

Rm 4.20, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 3083

Women and Law, and Feminist Jurisprudence Family Law Children's Law International Human Rights Law, particularly that based on the ICESCR (economic, social, and cultural rights) or the Women's Convention.

Yes

A/Prof

Amien, W

Waheeda.Amien@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.41, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5885

Legal Pluralism; Family Law; Muslim personal law; Law and Religion; Law and culture; Human Rights, Gender and the Law; Gender Studies; Politics; Multiculturalism; Islamic Law; and Citizenship

Yes

A/Prof

Berg, J

Julie.Berg@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.32, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5624

Most areas of Criminology, but primarily issues relating to the control of policing of crime and disorder (e.g. private security companies, private military companies, state policing, community initiatives); regulation and accountability of policing; collaborative policing or public-private partnerships; private prisons; specific types of crime or disorder (including cybercrime, school violence, drug-related violence and all forms of non-state organised violence such as maritime piracy, vigilantism and armed private security)

Yes

A/Prof

Bradfield, G

graham.bradfield@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.01, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 2676

Admiralty jurisdiction; Shipping law; International Law of the Sea; Contract law, including specific or applied contracts; International payments and guarantees; Insolvency; Secured Transactions, and Insurance law.

Available from 2018

A/Prof

Calland, R

Richard.Calland@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.35, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5606

Accountable Government; Access to Information; Whistle Blowing Legislation; Constitutional Law; Public Ethics

Yes

Prof

Chirwa, D

Danwood.Chirwa@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.36, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5615

International Human Rights; the Rights of the Child; Domestic implementation of Human Rights; Administrative Law; Social and Economic Rights

Yes

Prof

Corder, H

Hugh.Corder@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.42, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021 650 3085

Administrative Law; the Judicial Process

Yes

A/Prof

Collier, D

debbie.collier@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.21, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5658

Employment law, specifically aspects of workplace discrimination and equality law

Yes

Prof

De Vos, P

Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance

Pierre.Devos@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.37, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 3079

Constitutional Law; Current issues in Constitutional Law; Governing under the Constitution

Yes

Dr

Fergus, E

emma.fergus@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.07, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5617

Labour law, with specific expertise in the areas of judicial review of CCMA arbitration awards and workplace discrimination disputes

Yes

Prof

Glazewski, J

Jan.Glazewski@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.14.1, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 3075

Environmental Law; Energy Law, Antarctic, Marine Pollution Law

Yes

A/Prof

Gutuza, T

Tracy.gutuza@uct.ac.za

Tel (021) 650 5900

Tax Law and Finance Law

Not available

A/Prof

Hutchison, A

andrew.hutchison@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.08,  Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5613

specific contracts – particularly credit agreements and insurance; secured transactions; and insolvency (excluding business rescue). Topics with a focus on decolonisation; have a legal pluralism angle; deal with the constitutionalisation of contract law; or which involve contract theory are particularly welcome.

Yes

Dr

Idensohn, K

kathy.idensohn@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.23, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5072

Company Law (but EXCLUDIING governance, takeovers and mergers), topics that intersect Company Law and Labour Law, topics dealing with legal structures and commercial arangements- partnerships, franchising;etc but EXCLUDING trusts and anything relating to intellectual property

Yes

Ms

Khan, F

Fatima.Khan@uct.ac.za

Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5632

Refugee Rights

Yes

Ms

Kohn, L

Lm.Kohn@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.39, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5692

Constitutional Law; Administrative Law

Yes

Prof

Le Roux, R

rochelle.leroux@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.24, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5661

Labour law

Yes

Ms

Lutchman, S

Salona.Lutchman@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.38, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5605

International Law; Human Rights; Evidence; Children’s rights

Yes

Prof

Mancuso, S

salvatore.mancuso@uct.ac.za

Rm 4.40, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 2770

Comparative Law, African Law, Legal Integration in Africa.

Yes

Prof

Manjoo, R

Rashida.Manjoo@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.18, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 2989

Women's Human Rights; Violence against Women; International Protection of Human Rights, mechanisms and processes

Yes

Dr

Moult, K

Kelley.Moult@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.06, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 1285

Law and society, criminal justice policy implementation, women and the law, violence against women, empirical research methods

Yes

Prof

Naude, T

 

Tjakie.naude@uct.ac.za

Rm 4.26

021 650 3084

Contract Law, Consumer Law

Yes

Prof

Ncube, C

caroline.ncube@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.22, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 3776

Intellectual property law and policy;  Electronic law.

Yes

Mr

Nkomo, M

marumo.nkomo@uct.ac.za

IP, international trade, regional integration

Yes

Mr

Ntliziywana, P

Phindile.Ntliziywana@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.09, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 4385

Constitutional  Law and issues relating to Local Government

Yes

Ms

Omar, J

Jameelah.Omar@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.04, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 2672

Criminal law; Criminal Procedure

Yes

A/Prof

Ordor, A

ada.ordor@uct.ac.za

Rm 4.43, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5687

Law and Development, Law and Regional Integration, Civil Society and the Law of Nonprofit Institutions.

Yes

Prof

Paterson,  A

Alexander.Paterson@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.27, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5644

Environmental Law with a specific focus on biodiversity, protected areas, land use planning and incentive-based regulation

On Sabbatical

Ms

Phelps, K

Kelly.Phelps@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.40, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5625

Substantive criminal law, especially the principle of legality and sexual offences; topics on the Constitution and criminal justice; punishment theory and practice; sentencing

Yes

Dr

Powell, C

Cathleen.Powell@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.39, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5103

Public International Law, International Organisations, The Theory of International law, Separation of Powers, Terrorism

Yes

A/Prof

Price, A

alistair.price@uct.ac.za

Rm 4.25, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5612

The private law of obligations (primarily delict/tort); constitutional and administrative law; comparative law

No

Dist Prof  Salazar, P

philippe.salazar@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.17

021 650 5216/082 902120
Rhetoric Yes
Prof Scott, H

Helen.scott@uct.ac.za

Rm 4.24

021 650 561
Unjustified Enrichment, Delict, Legal History, especially Roman Law No

Dr

Schonwetter, T

Tobias.schonwetter@uct.ac.za

Room. 6.20, Kramer Law Building

Phone: +27 (0)21 650 3914

Intellectual Property Law and Policy.

 

Prof

Schwikkard, P

Pamela.Schwikkard@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.02, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 2087

Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal  Justice and Human Rights

Yes

Prof

Smythe, D

Dee.Smythe@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.41, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 5680

Most topics relating to criminal justice practice and policy.  Law and society and most topics relating to women and law

Yes

Mr

Thabane, T

tebello.thabane@uct.ac.za

(Tel (021) 650 5299

Company Law, Corporate governance, CRS, Business and Human Rights

Yes

Dr

Tong, L-A

Lee-ann.Tong@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.11, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021)650 5686

Intellectual Property Law

Yes

Dr

Woolaver, H

Hannah.Woolaver@uct.ac.za

Rm 5.40, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 560 2493

Public international law generally, including international criminal law

Yes

Prof

Van der Spuy, E

Elrena.VanderSpuy@uct.ac.za

Rm 6.36.5, Kramer Law Building

Tel (021) 650 2988

Policing (public); Police Reform; History of criminal justice reform; Crime and Criminology; Victims and Victimology

Yes