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Mr Tshepo Madlingozi

Academic profile

Mr Tshepo Madlingozi holds the degrees LLB LLM MSocSci (UP). He is currently a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London.

Tshepo has taught Jurisprudence 120, Introduction to Law 110 and 120, Historical Foundations of South African Private Law 110 and 120, and Human Rights 220. He has convened African Human Rights Law 410 and Street Law 410. He has coordinated a module in the LLM Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa programme.

Focus areas

Tshepo’s main areas of interest are decoloniality and epistemologies of the Global South; race, racism and constitutionalism; social movements and legal mobilisation; and critique of transitional justice processes and mechanisms. Madlingozi is research collaborator for the research project 'ALICE: Strange Mirrors, Unsuspecting Lessons' coordinated by Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal (

He has undertaken consultancy work for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Pan African Parliament, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Freedom House - Southern Africa. In July 2008 the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development appointed him to the Advisory Committee of the South African Law Commission: Project 25 on Statutory Law Revision which involved scrutinizing all legislation administered by the Department of Provincial and Local Government with the view of identifying all redundant provisions and determining compliance with Section 9 ("the equality clause") of the Constitution.

Recent  publications (2011 – 2014)

  • Rights-Compromised or Rights-Savvy? The Use of Rights-Based Strategies to Advance Socio-Economic Struggles by Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African Shack-Dwellers’ Movement” with Jackie Dugard and Kate Tissington in Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (Routledge) by Garcia et al (eds.) 2014
  • Co-editor of Socio-economic Strategies in South Africa: Symbol or Substance? (2013) (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge)
  • “Conclusion” (2013) co-author in Symbol or Substance: Socio-economic Strategies in South Africa: Symbol or Substance?
  • “Post-Apartheid social movements and legal mobilisation” (2013) in Socio-economic Strategies in South Africa: Symbol or Substance?
  • “How the law shapes the struggles of social movements: Case study of Khulumani Support Group” in Contesting Transformation: Problematizing Resistance in Post-apartheid South Africa by Marcello Dawson and Luke Sinwell (eds.) (Pluto Press: London). 2013
  • “South Africa: From Struggle to Idealism and back again” (co-author) in Human Rights, Power and Civic Action by Gordon Crawford and Bärd A. Adreasean (eds) (Routledge, London). 2013
  • “On Transitional Justice Entrepreneurs and the Production of Victims” (2011) vol 2 (2) Journal of Human Rights Practice 208 – 228.

Significant publications prior to 2011

  • "Good Victim, Bad Victim: Apartheid's Beneficiaries, Victims and the Struggle for Social Justice" in Roux and Van Marle (eds)Law, Memory and the Legacy of Apartheid: Ten Years afer Azapo v President of South Africa (2007)
  • "Post-Apartheid Social Movements and the Quest for the Elusive 'New' South Africa" (2007) Journal of Law and Society 34(1) 77-98
  • "Confronting Institutional Racism at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria" in Visser and Heyns (eds) Transformation and the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (2007)
  • "The Constitutional Court, Court Watchers and the Commons: A reply to Professor Michaelman on Constitutional Dialogue, 'Interpretive Charity' and the Citizenry as Sangomas" (2008) 1Constitutional Court Review 63-75.

Academic and professional memberships

  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the African Human Rights Law Journal
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of the Pretoria University Law Press
  • Chairperson of Khulumani Support Group
  • Member of the Board of Directors of

Awards and bursaries

  • Outstanding Lecturer Second Semester First Year Students 2014.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship Award 2010.
  • Lecturer of the Year for First Year Students 2009.

Contact Details
Tel: +27 12 420 5364
Fax: +27 12 420 4524

E-mail: [email protected]



Updated 16/05/2016

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