Associate Professor Kelley Moult

Kelley Moult is an Associate Professor of Criminology and the Director of the Centre of Criminology. She holds a PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from American University in Washington, DC; an MA in Criminal Justice from George Washington University; and a BSocSci (Hons) in Criminology from the University of Cape Town.

Kelley is the progamme convenor for the LLM/MPhil in Criminology, Law and Society, and supervises at both Masters and PhD levels.

Kelley has twenty years' experience in research on gender-based violence, law reform and implementation in South Africa, and includes empirical studies on criminal justice personnel (particularly court clerks), discretion and the administration of justice. She is interested in the state response to domestic violence and sexual offences, including the intersections of state and non-state justice systems. Other recent work includes Southern African regional projects on child marriage, and on sexual and reproductive rights and the law.

She is the editor of South African Crime Quarterly and is a Trustee of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust.

Expertise/ Research Interests

Gender, violence and the law; state and non-state justice responses to violence against women; criminology theory; law reform and implementation; forensics and the law; deviance and social control; qualitative research methods; research ethics.


Kelley’s teaching in the Faculty is strongly focused on bringing current research into the classroom, and on fostering new generations of criminologists and socio-legal scholars. She currently teaches:

PBL5820F Theories of Crime and Social Order

PBL5849F Law in Action: Research Methods

PBL5847S Forensics and the Law

She acts as a methods advisor to students and staff who undertake empirical research and is the chair of the Law Faculty Research Ethics Committee

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Associate Professor Irvin Kinnes

Irvin Kinnes is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. Until recently, he was the Content Adviser for the Portfolio Committee on Police in Parliament.

Irvin holds a HDE from UWC, a MSc. in Criminology from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Criminology from UCT. His work focuses on policing, gang governance, organised violence, and community conflicts related to policing.

Irvin is a former Chief Director for Policy and Research at the Civilian Secretariat of Police. He has extensive experience in training senior police, correctional officers and community members in South and Southern Africa. He has served as the General Secretary to the Western Cape Anti-Crime Forum, Regional Co-ordinator of the NICRO National Office, and deputy chairperson of the Joint Forum on Policing. Irvin has been involved in the setting up of the Independent Complaints Directorate since its inception.

Irvin received the United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award from the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime in 2002. He is a member of the editorial board of Acta Criminologica: African Journal of Criminology and Victimology.

He lectures Police and Policing: Explorations in Security Governance (PBL5844S) at the postgraduate level, Selected Issues in Criminology (PBL4501F), and co-convenes Crime and Deviance in South African Cities (PBL2800F) for undergraduate students in the Humanities and Law.

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Reema Nunlall-Hiralal


Reema Nunlall-Hiralal is a senior lecturer at the Centre of Criminology, Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town.

Prior to joining the Centre of Criminology, Reema lectured at the University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Durban University of Technology. She holds a MA degree in Criminology and Forensic Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminology from the University of Pretoria. Her PhD research is a consultative approach towards a sexual harassment policy framework for higher education institutions in South Africa. She has served has a sub-editor for multiple South African Journals and was a scientific committee member to the 3rd International Conference on Future of Women in 2020. She has lectured various Criminology modules ranging from 1st year to postgraduate modules. She is a member of the editorial board of Acta Criminologica: African Journal of Criminology and Victimology.  

Expertise/Research interests

Gender-based violence, sexual harassment, cyber-violence, and crime prevention.


She lectures Victims and Victimology (PBL5822S) at the postgraduate level, and convenes Crime and Deviance in South African Cities (PBL2800F) for undergraduate students in the Humanities and Law.


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Emeritus Professor Elrena van der Spuy

Elrena van der Spuy

Elrena is an Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. She is the former Head of the Centre of Criminology as well as the former Head of the Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.

Her substantive areas of inquiry have included the structural evolution of the police in modern South Africa; the dynamics of policing under conditions of counter-insurgency in the 1980s; the impact of transitional politics on the form and function of the police; the narrative accounts of transition amongst key criminal justice incumbents, and the history of public inquiries into police, 1910-2015.

The complexity and ambiguities associated with the subculture of police organisations has been a long standing research interest. Finally, using the South African case study as a point of departure has allowed her to explore the challenges confronting police in other post colonies.

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Emeritus Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit


Dirk is a Senior Research Scholar and Emeritus Professor of Criminology. Previously, from 1982 until the end of 2005, he was Professor of Criminology and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1990 to 1995. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Comparative and International Penal law at the University of Nottingham, where he held a chair from 2001 to 2020.

Dirk’s academic qualifications are BA (1970) and LLB (1972) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD 1981 from the University of Edinburgh. He was elected UCT Fellow in 1994. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Greifswald in Germany. In 2022 he was A-rated as a researcher by the National Research Foundation in South Africa

Dirk is actively involved in law reform. In South Africa he was the primary consultant for the Correctional Services Act 1998 and a member of the National Council on Correctional Services from 1995 to 2004. He was project leader of the committee of the South African Law Commission investigating sentencing and author of its Report. Since 2003 he has acted as an expert adviser to the Council of Europe on the new European Prison Rules and the European Rules on Juvenile Offenders subject to Sanctions or Measures, and he is currently advising on a new Recommendation on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Management of Persons with Mental Disorders by Prison and Probation Services. For the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime he has drafted Handbooks on Alternatives to Imprisonment, International Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Incorporating the Nelson Mandela Rules into National Prison Legislation: A Model Prison Act and a Commentary. Dirk’s books include Life Imprisonment: a Global Human Rights Analysis (with Catherine Appleton) (Harvard 2019), which in 2020 received the European Society of Criminology Book Award and the Outstanding Book Award of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology, and Principles of European Prison Law and Policy: Penology and Human Rights (with Sonja Snacken) (Oxford 2009).

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Emeritus Professor Clifford Shearing





Clifford is a Professor, Senior Scholar and Research Chair in Law and Climate Change at the University of Cape Town. He also holds a Professorship in Criminology at the Griffith Institute of Criminology, Griffith University, Australia, and an Adjunct Professorship in Criminology at the University of Montreal.

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Administrative Officer

Doris Mwambala

Room 6.35 Kramer Law Building


Research Assistant

Annie Kok

BA(Hons) Free State MPhil PhD* Cape Town

Room 6.34 Kramer Law Building


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Sisanda Mguzulwa

B-Tech CPUT BSocSc(Hons) MSocSc PhD Cape Town

Room 7.01 Kramer Law Building


Research Associates

Annette Hübschle, MPhil Cape Town PhD Cologne

Simon Howell, BA(Hons) MPhil PhD Rhodes

Don H Pinnock, BA MA Cape Town PhD Rhodes

Dariusz Dziewanski, BCom MA Canada PhD London