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If you are interested in undertaking doctoral studies at the Centre for Human Rights please contact a potential supervisor to discuss your suggested topic.  More information about the research of the academic staff of the Centre can be found under researchers. Current doctoral students and recent graduates are listed below with their topic and supervisor.

Information about supervisors in other departments and their fields of specialisation can be found in the Postgraduate Programmes brochure of the Faculty of Law which also sets out practical information about the programme and how to apply.

For administrative enquiries please contact:

Mr Klaas Ntuli
Admissions & Enquiries - Postgraduate Programmes: LLD, LLM Research and LLM Coursework 
Tel: +27 12 420 4927
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Supervisors & Field of Specialisation

  • Prof Charles Fombad
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    Field of specialisation: Comparative constitutional law; Media law
  • Prof Michelo Hansungule
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    Field of specialisation: African Union architecture and human rights; NEPAD/APRM and human rights; Indigenous peoples’ rights; Minorities and human rights in Africa; Development and human rights; Traditional African society and women’s rights
  • Prof Christof Heyns
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    Field of specialisation: International human rights, in particular in Africa; The comparative protection of human rights in African countries; The legal history of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa; Extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions; The right to life; The right to freedom of assembly
  • Dr Magnus Killander
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    Field of specialisation: International human rights law; The relationship between domestic law and international human rights law; International institutional law
  • Prof Frans Viljoen
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    Field of specialisation: International human rights law, particularly related to Africa ; Sexual minority rights in Africa; Implementation of international human rights treaties
  • Prof Erika de Wet
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    Field of specialisation: Public international law; International human rights; Comparative constitutional law

Current LLD (Human Rights) students

The following students are registered for the LLD at the Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision or co-supervision of staff members of the Centre:

Prof Charles Fombad

  • Isparta, LD:
    The cost of being an ethical citizen in the Democratic Republic of South Africa: The position of the South African whistle blower – A comparative study
  • Manyatera, Gift:
    A critique of the superior courts' judicial selection mechanism in Africa: The case of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Ramatsekisa, Tsietsi:
    Constitutionalism and separation of powers in South Africa: A comparative perspective
  • Wekesa, Seth:
    The constitutional protection of the rights of sexual minorities in Africa: A comparison of Kenya, Uganda and South Africa

Prof Charles Ngwena

  • Mooki, Mmatsie:
    Access to legal abortion in SADC from a reproductive health right perspective: A need for legal and institutional reform
  • Mugambe, LN:
    Utilizing the WTO-TRIPS Agreement to realise the right to food
  • Mulumba, M:
    Judicialisation of maternal mortality
  • Odo, Godwin:
    Re-conceptualising the promotion and protection of the right to health in the African regional human rights system
  • Ofuani, AI:
    Promoting the rights of persons with disabilities: The case of Nigeria
  • Umeh, NC:
    Protection of human rights of physical/sensory challenged persons in Nigeria – a myth or a reality

Prof Christof Heyns

  • Chengeta, T:
    Robot extra-judicial killings and summary executions: Current debates and perspectives
  • Gravett, WH:
    ‘To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ – Jan Smuts and the development of international law
  • Malila, M:
    The concept of duties under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Ozubide, A:
    The policy of targeted killing and the implications of the elastic interpretation of article 51of the United Nations Charter on World Peace

Prof Danny Bradlow

  • Bramley, C:
    Private food standards and human rights: Towards greater accountability for a corporate food regime
  • Keetharuth, B:
    Communities as victims of human rights violations in mineral rich Katanga (DRC): Pawns in power plays between the state and transnational corporations.
  • Kopolo, Berita:
    The role of extractive industry corporate responsibility and liability in the development of Southern Africa
  • Murkomen, OK:
    Integrating human rights and democracy in development aid: The implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in Kenya
  • Pfumorodze, J:
    Indirect expropriation under international investment law

Prof Erika de Wet

  • Aalbaek, Revai(co-supervisor: Prof Christina Murray, UCT):
    A critical comparative analysis of the role and participation of women in constitution-making processes in Zimbabwe and Kenya
  • Majola, O:
    Synthesis or Arbitrage? The application of international humanitarian and human rights norms in the context of the fight against terrorism and piracy in Africa.
  • Ndambo, Dennis (co-supervisor: Dr Magnus Killander):
    The role of international human rights law in domestic litigation: A comparative study of Kenya and South Africa
  • Ngima Mang, I:
    A critical comparative analysis of international human rights law in light of counter-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea

Dr Magnus Killander

  • Bekele, Melhik:
    Defending democracy while countering terrorism
  • Kabata, Faith:
    The impact of international human rights monitoring in Kenya
  • Lando, Victor: 
    The domestic impact of sub-regional human rights mechanisms: A case study of the East African Community
  • Nyathi, Mkhululi:
    Shared governance: A model for SADC
  • Tanoh, Armand (supervisor: Prof Danie Brand, Department of Public Law; co-supervisor: Dr Magnus Killander):
    Critical analysis of compliance of west Africa states with ICESCR: the example of the right to education in Benin and Senegal

Prof Michelo Hansungule

  • Abdallah, Amir:
    Strengthening the right to a fair trial in Sudan: A human rights perspective
  • Achan, Patricia:
    Equality rights for ethnic minorities through international, regional and national perspectives: A case for the Batwa in Uganda
  • Adeniyi, OO:
    Critical examination of the rights of the adolescent girls: A comparative study of sexual violence in South Africa and Nigeria
  • Ambani, JO:
    The legal enforcement of morality: an evaluation of the human rights promise
  • Baboolal, R:
    A contextual analysis of the protection and the exploitation of migrants’ rights in South Africa and the African region: Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast
  • Jegede, Ademola Oluborode:
    Human rights implications of climate change on indigenous peoples’ land rights in Africa: challenges and prospects
  • Karugonjo-Segawa, RI:
    A defence of the human rights based approach to development for Africa
  • Lukanda, KF:
    Accountability of International Financial Institution in financing development projects: The response to affected people
  • Maja, Innocent:
    The human rights protection of minority languages: an African perspective
  • Munene, Anthony:
    Legal and policy obstacles to realisation of the right to development in Kenya
  • Onuora-Oguno, Azubike:
    Realizing the right to basic education in Nigeria
  • Ozoemena, Rita:
    The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: An instrument for advancing gender justice

Prof Frans Viljoen

  • Adeola, Romola:
    Article 10 (1) of the Kampala Convention - Implementing the human rights based approach to development-induced displacements in Africa
  • Beredugo, AJ (co-supervisor: Dr Magnus Killander):
    The role of national human rights institutions in advancing the implementation of socio-economic rights
  • Biegon, Japheth:
    An analysis of the impact of the resolutions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Kameni, Enga:
    Moving beyond the WTO and Trips Considering alternative legal approaches to facilitating access to medicines in selected sub-Saharan African countries
  • Kareithi, MW:
    Same-sex marriage in Kenya: A legal-historical analysis
  • Miamingi, Remember:
    Constructing a conception of childhood in Africa: A socio-legal perspective
  • Possi, Ally:
    East African Court of Justice and human rights
  • Ramaroson, Mianko:
    Towards a shared responsibility for HIV and AIDS in the workplace: A human rights analysis of the law in Botswana, Madagascar and South Africa
  • Shyllon, Lola:
    Examining the contribution of legal frameworks on access to information to socio-economic progress in Africa: A case study of Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda

LLD students who graduated in 2014

  • Dinokopila, Bonolo:
    The Pan-Africa Parliament and its human rights mandate as an opportunity for effective human rights protection in Africa
     
  • Kabumba, Busingye:
    Soft law and the legitimation of international law

LLD students who graduated in 2013

  • Adjolohoun, Horace (co-supervisor: Dr Magnus Killander):
    Giving effect to the human rights jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States: Compliance and Influence
     
  • Nsibirwa, Martin:
    The obligation of African states to realise women's rights to participate in politics and decision making in Africa
     
  • Ozoemena, Rita:
    The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: An instrument for advancing gender justice

LLD students who graduated in 2012

  • Abebe, Adem
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen; co-supervisor: Dr Magnus Killander)
    The role of human rights litigation in the realisation of human rights in Africa: The case of Ethiopia from a comparative African perspective
     
  • Acirokop, Prudence
    (supervisor: Dr Magnus Killander)
    Accountability for mass atrocities – The LRA conflict in Uganda
     
  • Soyeju, OO
    (supervisor: Prof Danny Bradlow)
    Creative financing for infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa: Its implications for foreign investment inflow, economic growth and development

LLD students who graduated in 2011

  • Djoyou Kamga, Serges
    (supervisor: Prof Michelo Hansungule)
    Human rights in Africa: Prospects for the realisation of the right to development under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development
  • Lim, Hye-Young
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen)
    Legally recognising child-headed households through a rights-based approach: The case of South Africa
  • Murungu, Chacha
    (supervisor: Prof Michelo Hansungule)
    The head of state immunity from prosecution for international crimes: Law and practice in Africa
  • Rukare, Donald
    (supervisor: Prof Michelo Hansungule)
    The role of development assistance in the protection and promotion of human rights in Uganda

LLD students who graduated in 2010

  • Kaguongo, Waruguru
    (supervisor: Prof Danie Brand)
    The realisation of economic and social rights in Africa with special reference to national budgets
  • Mutangi, Tarisai
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen)
    A critical examination of compliance with judgments of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Prospects and challenges
  • Nkhata, Mwiza
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen)
    Constitutionalism and good governance in Africa: (Re) Discovering the relevance and viability of social trust-based governance in Malawi

LLD students who graduated in 2009

  • Killander, Magnus
    (supervisor: Prof Christof Heyns)
    The role of the African Peer Review Mechanism
  • Ally, Dane
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen)
    Constitutional exclusion under section 35(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
  • Nassali, Maria
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen)
    NGOs, governance and human rights in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa: Conceptual and strategic questions
  • Ebobrah, Solomon
    (supervisor: Prof Frans Viljoen)
    Legitimacy and feasibility of human rights realisation through regional economic communities in Africa: The case of the Economic Community of West African States

If you are interested in undertaking doctoral studies at the Centre for Human Rights please contact a potential supervisor to discuss your suggested topic.  More information about the research of the academic staff of the Centre can be found under researchers. Current doctoral students and recent graduates are listed below with their topic and supervisor.

Information about supervisors in other departments and their fields of specialisation can be found in the Postgraduate Programmes brochure of the Faculty of Law which also sets out practical information about the programme and how to apply.

For administrative enquiries please contact Ms Jeanne-Kay Goodale, e-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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