Dr Sandhya Maharaj

Dr Sandhya Maharaj
Dr Sandhya Maharaj
Howard College
Suite E, 1st Floor


Dr Sandhya Maharaj is a lecturer in the School of Law, and has a specific interest in substantive criminal law and criminal justice. She has served as a Candidate Attorney at Legal-Aid South Africa and subsequently worked in private practice as a Conveyancer and as a criminal defence Attorney. In 2017, she graduated with her PhD and thereafter served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UKZN, School of Law, Pietermaritzburg. She currently lectures modules in Specific Offences, Evidence, Civil Procedure and Advanced Criminal Law (LLM).

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (UKZN)
  • PhD (UKZN)

Professional qualification

  • Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests

  • Criminal Capacity: non-pathological (provocation and emotional stress), mental illness and criminal capacity of children.
  • Organised crime and asset forfeiture


  • Maharaj, S. and Hoctor, SV. “The defence of provocation – where are we now?” Obiter 40, pp 307 – 315 (2019).
  • Maharaj, S. “The role of expert evidence in the defence of provocation and emotional stress in South Africa” Obiter 40, pp 21 – 47 (2019).