Choosing Your Topic 

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 doing a mini-dissertation along with coursework.

Choosing your 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 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 available for 2022, along with their areas of specialisation is below:




    Contact details

    Areas of Supervision



    Ally, N

    Public interest litigation, right to education, children’s rights, administrative law



    Amien, W

    Rm 5.41, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5885

    Family Law and Human Rights, Religion, Gender and Women’s Rights, Muslim Family Law, Legal Pluralism, International Human Rights Law.



    Barnard-Naude, J

    Transitional Justice, Critical Legal Theory, Jurisprudence, Fairness in Contract Law, Queer Legal Theory, Law and Sexuality, Spatial Justice, Law & Literature



    Barratt, A

    Rm 4.30, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 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.



    Baase, M

    Rm 4.15, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 7039

    Child Law; Customary Law; South African Legal History 



    Boonzaier, L

    Rm 4.31, Kramer Law Building

    Delict; Private Law Theory; General Jurisprudence; Constitutional Theory



    Bradfield, G

    Rm 5.01, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 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.




    Carels, M 

    Rm 5.06, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 3066

    Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Negotiation



    Chirwa, D

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


    Emeritus Prof

    Corder, H

    Rm 5.42, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 3085

    Administrative Law; the Judicial Process



    Cupido, R

    Rm 4.19, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 1750

    Contract Law, Private International Law



    De Vos, P

    Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance

    Rm 5.37, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 3079

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




    Khan, F

    Rm3.07, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5632

    Refugee Rights



    Kohn, L

    Rm 5.39, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5692

    Constitutional Law; Administrative Law



    Le Roux, R

    Rm 6.22, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5661

    Labour law



    Lutchman, S

    Rm 5.38, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5654

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



    Moult, K

    Rm 6.35.1, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 2185

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



    Mosaka, T

    Evidence, Criminal Jurisprudence, Decolonial studies, Criminal Law, Legal theory, Procedural law, Criminal Justice.



    Maphiri, MC

    Rm 5.23, Kramer Law Building

    Corporate governance, CSR, Business and Human Right, Shareholder Activism, Company law



    Naude, T

    Rm 4.26, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 3084

    Contract Law, Consumer Law



    Ncube, C

    Rm 5.22, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 3776

    Intellectual property law and policy; Electronic law.



    Omar, J

    Rm 6.04, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 2672

    Criminal law; Criminal Procedure



    Ordor, A

    Rm 4.42, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5687

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


    A/ Prof

    Osman, F

    RM 4.21 Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5654

    Customary Law, Family lLw, Succession and Legal Pluralism.



    Paterson, A

    Rm 6.27, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5644

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




    Powell, C

    Rm 6.17, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5103

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



    Ramalekana, N

    Equality, non-discrimination, Human rRghts, Feminist Legal Theory, Critical Race Theory and Law, Constitutional Theory


    Dist Prof 

    Salazar, P

    Rm 4.24, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5610





    Schonwetter, T

    Rm 6.21, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 2064

    Intellectual Property Law and Policy; IT Law



    Schwikkard, P

    Rm 6.02, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 2087

    Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal  Justice and Human Rights




    Thabane, T

    +27 21 650 5299

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



    Tong, L-A

    Rm 5.11, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 650 5686

    Intellectual Property Law



    Woolaver, H

    Rm 5.40, Kramer Law Building

    +27 21 560 2493

    Public international law generally, including international criminal law