Dianah Msipa

LLB(Newcastle University, UK) LPC(Northumbria University, UK) LLM(McGill University, Canada)

Manager:  Disability Rights Unit

  +27 (0)12 420 6398


  • Disability rights
  • Access to justice
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Legal capacity
  • Disability rights in the African human rights system


Journal articles

  1. ‘Albinism as disability: The key to ensuring equal access to justice for the vindication of economic, social and cultural rights by persons with albinism in South Africa?’ (2022) Southern Africa Albinism Socio-Economic Rights Journal (forthcoming)
  2. ‘Access to heath care by mothers impacted by albinism in South Africa’ (2022) Southern Africa Albinism Socio-Economic Rights Journal (forthcoming) (with M Buyco et al)
  3. ‘Moshoeshoe v DPP: A missed opportunity for persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in Lesotho?’ (2021) 13 Drexel Law Review 909
  4. Court accommodations for persons with severe communication disabilities: A legal scoping review’ (2021) 27 (3) Psychology, Public Policy and Law 399 (with R White, J Bornman and E Johnson)
  5. ‘Implementing article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in South Africa: Accommodations for people with communication disabilities’ (2018) 6 African Disability Rights Yearbook 99. (with R White)
  6. ‘The right to work and employment in Southern Africa: A Commentary on how selected employment laws fare against Article 27 of the CRPD’ (2016) 4 African Disability Rights Yearbook 283.
  7. ‘How assessments of testimonial competence perpetuate inequality and discrimination for persons with intellectual disabilities: An analysis of the approach taken in South Africa and Zimbabwe’ (2015) 3 African Disability Rights Yearbook 63-90.
  8. ‘Global reasonable accommodation: How the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities changes the way we think about equality.’ (2014) 30 South African Journal of Human Rights 252. (with Frédéric Mégret)
  9. Getting disability rights into the mainstream of human rights advocacy: An appraisal of Zimbabwean disability rights policies and legislation’ Available on SSRN   (with Thompson Chengeta)

Book chapters

  1. ‘The African Disability Protocol: Towards a social and human rights approach to disability in the African Human Rights system’ in Handbook of Disability: Critical Thought, Human Rights and Social Change in a Globalizing World (Springer: 2022) forthcoming  (with P Juma)
  2. ‘Critical review of reforms in the African region’ in N Espejo & M Bach (eds) Legal Capacity, Disability and Human Rights: Towards a comprehensive approach (2021) (forthcoming)

Book reviews

  1. ‘Book review: Oche Onazi: An African path to disability justice: Community, relationships and obligations’ (2020) 8 African Disability Rights Yearbook 264.


  1. Dianah Msipa, ‘Pursuing justice for rape victims with intellectual disabilities


  1. Africa Rights Talk The right to access to justice for persons with disabilities



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