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Kelley Moult 

Director

Senior Researcher/Lecturer

Tel: +27 21 650 1285

 

 

 

Dr. Kelley Moult is the Director of the Centre for Law and Society and is a Senior Researcher and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Law. Kelley holds a PhD from American University in Washington, DC; an MA in Criminal Justice from George Washington University; and a B.Soc Sci and Honours degree in Criminology – both from the University of Cape Town. Kelley has 15 years’ experience on working on gender, law reform and implementation, and a number of the projects that she has worked on are well-cited and considered foundational studies in the literature on gender-based violence policy implementation in South Africa. Kelley was a Fulbright Fellow (2004-2006), was the recipient of the American University School of Public Affairs Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level in 2010 for her dissertation research on domestic violence court clerks, discretion and the administration of justice. Her recent research projects include regionally-focused projects on child marriage, sexual health and reproductive rights in Southern Africa, as well as the intersection of Western and traditional justice systems in terms of gender-based violence. Kelley’s teaching in the Faculty is strongly focused on bringing current research into the classroom, and on fostering new generations of socio-legal scholars. She was instrumental in designing the Law in Action course for LLM/MPhil and PhD students in the faculty (which she co-teaches with Elrena van der Spuy and Julie Berg), and she acts as the Methods Advisor to students and staff who undertake empirical research.

 

Diane Jefthas 

Deputy Director and Researcher

Tel: +27 21 650 4841
                                                                                                            

 

 

 

Diane is the Deputy Director of CLS. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master of Social Science Degree in Criminology from the University of Cape Town. From 2006-2010 she worked as a researcher at the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit (Health Sciences Faculty, UCT), and was involved in a number of research projects, including: Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading; Youth Violence and Gender; Intimate Partner Violence; Battered Women's Syndrome; and Monitoring the Implementation of both the Domestic Violence Act and the Sexual Offences Act. Diane has also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Criminology (now Centre of Criminology) at UCT, and between 2002 and 2007 for the Western Cape Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on a part-time and ad hoc basis. Diane's research focus at CLS over the past few years has been investigating the "pathways" that rural citizens in four police precincts in KwaZulu-Natal utilise to access justice subsequent to being a victim of a social contact or property-related crime. A primary objective of the research is exploring the relationship between the formal and informal justice systems, and more specifically to examine the roles played by families, traditional leaders and state structures in assisting complainants in finding resolution. She has also worked on the 2012 Law Faculty Student Survey which explored student perceptions and experiences of law school. Diane has a particular interest in transformative pedagogies and the transition from resource-constrained school environments to university.

 

Nolundi Luwaya

Researcher

Room 610 Kramer Law Building

                                                                           

 

 

Nolundi returned to the Centre as a researcher in 2017. She has a BA (English, Sociology and Law) and an LLB from the University of Cape Town. In 2012 she joined the Law, Race and Gender Unit (LRG) as a junior researcher where she worked on the Unit’s campaign on the Traditional Courts Bill. The LRG then became the Centre for Law and Society and from  2013 – 2015 Nolundi was the Programme Coordinator of the Rural Women’s Action Research Programme (RWAR) based within CLS. In this position she worked extensively with rural community based organisations and NGO’s on issues connected to citizenship rights, land rights and nuanced understandings of Customary Law within our Constitutional Democracy. In 2016 the RWAR became the Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC) where Nolundi was the Deputy Director. Her work at LARC focussed on providing support to the Alliance for Rural Democracy, a loose alliance of community based organisations and NGO’s working on issues of land and traditional governance impacting on the rights of rural South Africans. Nolundi has a particular interest in the struggles and strategies of women living in rural South Africa, and in what these strategies for transforming their particular circumstances can teach us about transformation and change on a societal level.   

 

Jemima Thomas

Financial Officer/Administrator

Tel: +27 21 650 5906

Room 701 Kramer Law Building.
 

 

 

Jemima joined CLS in July 2013 as Financial Administrator, responsible for the management of the Centre's budgets and timely reporting of financials to our funders.

 

Vitima Jere

Hub Assistant

Tel:  +27 21 650 5939

Room 7.03 Kramer Law Building

 

 

 

Vitima Jere is the Hub Assistant for CLS. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, an LLB and is completing her Masters in Law (specialising in International Trade Law) from the University of Cape Town.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

 

Jane Diala

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane is an advocate of the Nigerian Supreme Court. She holds an LLB (Honours) from Madonna University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Nigerian Law School, Enugu (Honours), and an LLM in Comparative Law in Africa from UCT. Jane is currently pursuing her PhD.                           

                                                       

 Ruth Nekura

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth is a human rights lawyer from Kenya. She holds an LLB degree from Moi University - Eldoret, Kenya, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law and an LLM in Human Rights Law from UCT. She is currently pursuing her PhD. 

 

Cedrick Maimela

 

 

 

 

 

Cedrick, from Polokwane,  is finishing a General BA in June 2017 and will be doing his LLB next year. He has a great interest in human rights law.

 

Kagiso Maphalle

 

 

 

 

 

Kagiso is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Private Law under the Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights at the University of Cape Town. She is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, and a legal anthropologist in training. She has worked for the Commission for Gender Equality, NRF Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights, and Parliamentary Monitoring Group. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Venda. She is a member of the International Commission on Legal Pluralism, Social Scientist Research Network, Rutgers Institute of Women’s Studies, International Society for Third-Sector Research, African Law and Society and the African Studies Association. Her research interests are in customary law, legal pluralism, gender law, succession and inheritance rights, women's rights, child rights, human rights and development.

 

Yolani Ndamase

 

 

 

 

 

Yolani holds an LLB (Cum Laude) from the University of Fort Hare and is completing her Masters in Law at the University of Cape Town.

 

Raisa Nyirongo

 

 

 

 

 

Raisa holds an LLB Degree from Nelson Mandela University, has worked for the Malawi Law Commission as an Assistant Law Reform Officer and is currently pursuing an LLM in International Trade Law at UCT. 

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

 

Melanie Judge

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie Judge is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Law Faculty and an associate of the Centre for Law and Society. She is a feminist and queer activist and scholar. Melanie holds a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Masters in Development Studies (cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape, an Honours in Psychology (first class) from the University of Cape Town, and a Business Management Diploma. She is presently writing a book, based on her PhD research, on homophobia-related violence, identity and politics in South Africa, to be published by Routledge. Melanie has been extensively involved in policy and law reform and advocacy and research in the field of gender and sexual rights, both locally and internationally. She is lead editor of To Have and To Hold: The Making of Same-sex Marriage in South Africa (Jacana) and has published in academic journals and the mainstream media. She currently serves as a trustee of the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action. As an independent consultant to the non-profit sector, Melanie collaborates with local and international non-profit organisations and donors on strategy, capacity-building and communications to advance social justice. Melanie is an Associate of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement, and is lead editor of Striking the Rights Chord: Perspective on Advancement from Human Rights Organisations in South Africa.

 

Dee Smythe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Dee Smythe is the former director of CLS. She is a Professor in the Department of Public Law. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2009 she was Principal Researcher at the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit in UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences. Dee was a Fulbright Fellow at Stanford Law School in 2004. Her research spans a range of areas at the inte rsection of law, policy, and social justice. It is particularly concerned with producing methodologically rigorous empirical data on the operation of the legal system, as a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of and supporting legal and policy interventions. She is an expert on state responses to gender-based violence, with a specific focus on sexual offences. She has also written on HIV/AIDS, crime prevention, and police transformation, and convened the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers' focus group on Women, Equality and Constitutionalism. In 2009 Dee was awarded the UCT College of Fellows' Young Researcher Award for outstanding scholarly work by a young academic. In the same year the work of the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit was recognised with UCT's inaugural Social Responsiveness Award. In 2011 the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit's Rural Women's Action Research Project was recognised with UCT's Social Responsiveness Award. Dee is on the Board of Trustees of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust.