Dr Dusty-Lee Donnelly

Dr Dusty Lee Donnelly
Dr Dusty-Lee Donnelly
Senior Lecturer, Director of the Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Unit (Acting)
Howard College
Unit of Maritime Law & Maritime Studies, Shepstone Building, level 5


Dusty is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, a senior lecturer in the School of Law and the acting director of the Unit of Maritime Law & Maritime Studies at UKZN.

She currently lectures in the fields of cyber law, admiralty jurisdiction, and civil procedure. She has lectured and acted as internal moderator, and external examiner in a range of business law subjects.

Her current research interests centre around the impact of data protection laws and the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) and geo-spatial data in health care, shipping and international trade and related research. Her PhD thesis (UKZN, 2020) studied data protection in the mobile applications ecosystem under South African, US and EU law, and was featured in The Conversation Africa: The ‘privacy by design’ approach for mobile apps: why it’s not enough

Academic qualifications

  • BA LLB (UND)
  • LLM (UKZN)
  • Ph.D. (UKZN)

Professional qualification

  • Admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
  • Associate Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Advocates
  • Member of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa
  • National Executive Committee of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa

Research Interests

  • Data protection
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Admiralty jurisdiction & practice


  • Donnelly D and Govindasamy S ‘To stay or not to stay? Admiralty proceedings after the International Arbitration Act 15 of 2017: A case note on mv ‘Cecilia B’ Atakas Ticaret ve Nakliyat AS v Glencore International AG 2019 (5) SA 379 (SCA) (2021) 138 (1) SALJ 40-57     
  • Donnelly, Dusty-Lee 2020. Data Privacy in the Cloud: The Position of SMMEs Engaged in Mobile App Development in South Africa. In Singh, Upasana, Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy, Maxwell Phiri & Dr Perenien Appavoo (eds.): Global Trends in Management, IT and Governance in an e-World (E-MIG 2019 International). Durban and Pietermaritzburg: CSSALL Publishers. ISBN: 978-0-9869936-9-5.
  • Donnelly D ‘Do you always get something out? The impact of the Insurance Act 18 of 2017 and revised policyholder protection rules on material misrepresentation and non-disclosure’ (2018) 135 (4) SALJ 593 – 612
  • Donnelly D ‘Charting a new course: Northern Endeavour Shipping Pte Ltd v Owners of NYK lsabel’ SALJ 2017 (3) 453-465
  • Donnelly D ‘A new approach to the interpretation of contracts and the management of strategic corporate relationships’ Journal of Contemporary Management 2014 (11) 1 p.18 – 32


  • An examination of the application of the Sea Transport Documents Act 65 of 2000 to title to sue under contracts of carriage evidenced by sea waybills and straight bills of lading. (unpublished LLM thesis, UKZN 2013)
  • Privacy by (re)Design: A Comparative Study of the Protection of Personal Information in the Mobile Applications Ecosystem under United States, European Union, and South African Law (unpublished Ph.D. thesis, UKZN 2021)