Ms Mathabo Baase


Mathabo Baase is a lecturer in the Department of Private Law. She holds a BA Law and Psychology degree (first in her class); LLB degree and LLM in Comparative Child Law degree (first in her class) from the North-West University. She also holds a Certificate in Theology Studies from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and completed a course in apologetics at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, RZIM Trust, Oxford class of 2016-2017.  Mathabo was the recipient of the Oxford University Press award for the best first time presenter at the Law Teachers Conference in 2018.

Her masters thesis, titled Ratification of inadequate surrogate motherhood agreements and the best interest of the child: a critical analysis, analyses the use of the best interest of the child principle in surrogacy matters.

Before joining UCT Law, Mathabo was a lecturer as the NWU (Potchefstroom Campus) where she lectured in Law of Persons, Street Law and Customary Law.

At UCT she lectures undergraduates and assists at the faculty Writing Centre.


Child Law, Jurisprudence, Customary Law and History

Research and academic awards

  • Oxford University Press | Best BA and Psych student 2012; Best first time presenter 2018
  • Deans’ Award | Best LLMC student 2016

Teaching for 2020

  • South African Private Law: Systems and Context 
  • Foundations of South African Private Law


Presentations: Law Teachers Conference 2018 Ratification of Inadequate Surrogate Motherhood Agreements and the Best Interest of the Child.

  1. Juris Diversitas 6th General Conference 2019 Rethinking the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996 
  2. 11th Private Law and Social Justice Conference (Moral dilemmas in post-constitutional private law: negotiating the chasm) The Right to Freedom of Religion, a critical analysis


Baase M The Ratification of Inadequate Surrogate Motherhood Agreements and The Best Interest of the Child (Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 3 Volume 22, 2019)