Professor Shannon Bosch

Professor Shannon Bosch
Academic Leader: Research and Higher Degrees
Howard College
Howard College Building, Suite G


Professor Shannon Bosch is an Associate Professor of Law and the Academic Leader for Research and Higher Degrees at the School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the former University of Natal, a Master of Laws (LLM) from University of Cambridge, England and a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Professor Bosch is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and has been lecturing in higher education for over 20 years. She has a successful track record of 30 academic publications and has successfully supervised 33 postgraduate students in pursuit of their Masters and PhD qualifications. Her areas of specialisation include Public International Law and International Humanitarian Law. 

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • LLB
  • LLM
  • PhD

Professional qualification

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law


  • ‘Private military and security companies: South Africa’s neglected resource’ African Security Review 2022 317-331 (with Matthew Kimble).
  • ‘The use of universal jurisdiction to ensure accountability for international crimes committed in Liberia in the periods 1989 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003’ African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2021 67-92.
  • ‘Understanding Diplomatic and Consular Inviolability—Learning from the Jamal Khashoggi Tragedy’ Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa 2021 1-27.
  • ‘Torture ‘Lite’ in the War Against Boko Haram: Taming the Wild Zone of Power in Cameroon’ African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law 2019 80-97.
  • ‘South Africans offering Foreign Military Assistance Abroad: How real is the Risk of Domestic Prosecution? Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 2018 (21) 1-28.

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