Research Staff

Jackie Dugard

Associated Senior Researcher

Lawyer focusing on power and exclusion, particularly law and courts in social change, socio-economic rights, access to courts, protest and social movements, property law and gender-based harm.

Jackie Dugard - BA (Hons) (Wits), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), LLM (Essex), LLB (Wits) - is an associate professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, where she lectures Property Law, Critical Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law. With a background in social sciences and law, Jackie focuses on power and exclusion, and has published widely on the role of law and courts in social change, as well as on socio-economic rights, access to courts, protest and social movements, property law and gender-based harm. Among her recent publications are: J Dugard & N Seme (2018) “Property Rights in Court: An Examination of Judicial Attempts to Settle Section 25’s Balancing Act re Restitution and Expropriation”, 34(1) SAJHR; and J Dugard (2016) “Testing the Transformative Premise of the South African Constitutional Court: A Comparison of High Courts, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court socio-economic rights decisions, 1994-2015”, 20(8) The International Journal of Human Rights.

Jackie is on the editorial committee of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR). She was a co-founder and the first executive director (2010-2012) of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), where she is a member of the Board. Jackie was the founder and first director of the Gender Equity Office (GEO) at the University of the Witwatersrand (2014-2016). She is on the Steering Committee of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at Wits, and she is a Global Fellow at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (University of Bergen/CMI), and an Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway.