Prof Ntombizozuko ‘Zozo’ Dyani-Mhango

Position, academic & professional qualifications

Ntombizozuko ‘Zozo’ Dyani-Mhango is a Professor and Head of the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, at the University of Pretoria.

She holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Western Cape, and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) (LLD per SAQA) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Her doctoral thesis is titled: ‘Sexual Violence During Armed Conflict in Africa and the African Union’s Right to Humanitarian Intervention: Implications, Challenges and Solutions’.  She is also an Admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Academic & professional experience

Dyani-Mhango joined the Department of Jurisprudence as a full professor from July 2020. Before then, she held academic positions from associate lecturer up to associate professor in the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand teaching and supervising both undergraduate and graduate students on public international law, international criminal law and constitutional law for 16 years.

Before joining the University of the Witwatersrand, Dyani-Mhango clerked at the Constitutional Court for Justice Sandile Ngcobo, who later became the Chief Justice of South Africa. She was also an intern (legal research) in the Chambers Section of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.

She is a sole contributing guest editor of the book formatted Special Issue of the Southern African Public Law journal 2017 (vol 32, issues 1 & 2) titled Twenty-First Century Constitutional Jurisprudence of South Africa: The Contribution of Former Chief Justice S Sandile Ngcobo.

Focus areas

Dyani-Mhango’s areas of specialisation fall under International Constitutional Law, with a focus on African Union Law and its right to intervene, its relationship with the International Criminal Court, as well as its member states obligations in international criminal justice. She also focuses on South Africa’s international and constitutional obligations in this regard, as well as public power (separation of powers). She has published widely and attended both local and international conferences presenting in these areas.

Selected publications

  • ‘Reflecting on South Africa’s Attempt to Withdraw from the Rome Statute in Favour of Immunities for Sitting Heads of State: An Analysis of the International Crimes Bill, 2017’ (2020) 28(2) African Journal of International & Comparative Law 319-351
  • A Call for The Transformation of the South African Insurance Industry: An Analysis of the Insurance Bill 2016’ (2019) 40(3) Statute Law Review 310-324
  • (with S Lungu) ‘Ensuring that State Parties to the Roman Statute Co-operate with ICC Requests to Arrest and Surrender Suspects: Reflecting on the Role of the Security Council through the Lens of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)’ (2018) African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 119-145
  • ‘South Africa’s (Unconstitutional) Withdrawal from the Rome Statute: A Note on Democratic Alliance v Minister of International Relations and Cooperation’ (2018) 34: 2 South African Journal on Human Rights 268-289
  • ‘The ICC Pre-Trial Chamber’s Decision on South Africa’s Failure to Arrest and Surrender South Africa: South Africa Escapes ‘Sanctions’’ (2017) African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 37-77
  • (with M Mhango) ‘Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke and Separation of Powers in South Africa, (2017) Acta Juridica 75-98
  • South Africa’s Dilemma: Immunity Laws, International Obligations and the Visit by Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir’ (2017) 26 (3) Washington International Law Journal 535-571
  • The Jus Cogens nature of the prohibition of sexual violence against women in armed conflicts and state responsibility’ (2016) 27(1) Stellenbosch Law Review 112-135
  • The ICC Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision on Malawi regarding the failure to arrest and surrender President Al Bashir of Sudan: An opportunity missed’ (2013) 28 (1) SA Public Law 106-120
  • Reflections on the African Union’s Right to Intervene’ (2012) 38(1) Brooklyn Journal of International Law 1-48

NRF Rating

Dyani-Mhango is rated as an established researcher (C3).

Academic and professional memberships/fellowships/journal editing

Dyani-Mhango is a member of the Law and Society Association and is currently a member of its Governance Committee (2020-2022)

She has been a Visiting Scholar, Global Legal Studies Center, Law School, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, she was a jury member of the prestigious Jean Pictet Moot Competition in International Humanitarian Law, Drakensberg Mountains. She currently serves as a member of the Editorial Committee of the Comparative & International Law Journal of Southern Africa and a member of the Editorial Board of the Southern African Public Law. She is also a former member of the editorial committee of the South African Journal on Human Rights.

Awards & Bursaries

In 2011, Dyani-Mhango was awarded the Carnegie Sandwich Program Funding to complete doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

In 2006/2007, she was awarded the Compton Peace Fellowship Program – a grant given to doctoral candidates whose research focuses on conflict resolution and security issues in Africa

In 2001, she was awarded the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Bursary to pay for LL.M Tuition at the University of the Western Cape.


Tel:  +27 (0)12 420 5364

Email:  [email protected]

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