Ms Rorisang Matlala

Ms Rorisang Matlala
Howard College
School of Law, Suite A, Room 1F-48.


Rorisang Matlala is a Lecturer in the fields of Constitutional Law, Property Law, Human Rights Law, Moot Court and Gender Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) from North-West University.

Prior to joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Matlala served as a Junior Lecturer and Research Assistant at North-West University (NWU) as well as a student attorney at Maponya Attorneys and NWU the Law Clinic.

Matlala researches and publishes on Family Law, Criminal law, Human Rights Law and Constitutional hermeneutics. 

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (2018) (NWU)
  • LLM (2021) (NWU)

Research Interests

  • Family Law
  • Criminal law
  • Gender and Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Law



Matlala R ” Introducing feminist legal theory as a basis for South African judicial jurisprudence: Insights from S V Tshabalala” 2022 South African Law Journal 139(2): 274-285

Matlala R and Agbor AA ” The power of South African courts to order scientific tests to determine the paternity of a child: Highlighting the existing gaps ” 2022 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 30(2): 270–289


Conference papers

2022: “Competing rights in the mining sector; what happens when deep pockets clash with rights?”. Paper presented at the Environmental Law Association (ELA) Annual Conferences: Private Law and Social Justice Conference 2021 (Hybrid conference organized by Global Environmental Law Center, University of Western Cape (Faculty of Law)).