Nurina Ally

Senior Lecturer

Room 6.04 - Kramer Law Building

Nurina Ally is a specialist in constitutional and administrative law. Nurina's research interests include movement lawyering and public interest litigation, socio-economic rights and children's rights.  Prior to joining the Faculty's Department of Public Law, Nurina most recently served as the Executive Director of the Equal Education Law Centre, a public interest law organisation based in Cape Town. Before this, Nurina practised as an associate and senior associate in the public law department of Webber Wentzel Attorneys. She has also served as a research clerk to Justice Cameron and Acting Justice Mhlantla of the Constitutional Court. 

Nurina obtained her BA and LLB undergraduate degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she graduated as the most distinguished scholar in law. She also holds a Masters degree in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh as well as a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University. 

Expertise and Research Interests

Constitutional and administrative law, public interest litigation, socio-economic rights, children's rights, movement lawyering.


  • Administrative Law
  • International Rights of the Child
  • Administrative Justice
  • Open Government



N Ally & M Murcott ‘Beyond labels: executive action and the duty to consult’ Law, Democracy and Development (2023) 93-122

N Ally & K Williams ‘Penance and punishment: apology as a remedy for hate speech’ in D Smythe & M Judge Unsettling Apologies (2022) Bristol University Press

N Ally, L Boonzaier ‘The Constitutional Court’s efficiency: statistics from the Mogoeng era, 2010-2021’ Constitutional Court Review (2022) 317-342

N Ally, R Parker & T Peacock ‘Litigation and social mobilisation for early childhood development during Covid-19 and beyond’ South African Journal of Childhood Education (2022) 12 (1) 1-12

N Ally, R Beere, K Moult ‘S v LM and the school-to-prison pipeline in South Africa’ South African Crime Quarterly (2021) 70(2), 23-33.

F Veriava & N Ally ‘Legal mobilisation for education in the time of Covid-19’ South African Journal on Human Rights (2021) 1-25.

N Ally & D Linde ‘Pridwin: private school contracts, the Bill of Rights and a missed opportunity’ Constitutional Court Review (2021) 275-300.

N Ally ‘Failing to respect and fulfill: South African law and the right to protest for children’ South Africa Crime Quarterly No 62 (2017) 

N Ally & S Ally "Critical Intellectualism: The Role of Black Consciousness in Reconfiguring the Race-Class Problematic in South Africa" in Andile Mngxitama et al (eds) Biko Lives! Palgrave, Macmillan (2008)


Ally, N & Phala, T “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools” in Veriava et al (eds) Basic Education Rights Handbook (2017)

Ally, N “Investigating crimes against humanity – South Africa’s embrace of universal jurisdiction”, Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog (2014)

Ally, N & Konstant, A "Difficulties in regulating class action litigation", De Rebus (2014)

Ally, N & Kohn, L “Squaring up for Government Tenders: the Law", Without Prejudice, Volume 11, Issue 9 (2011).