Dr Dave Holness

Dr Dave Holness

Director of UKZN Law Clinic, Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +27 31 260 7743
Email: holness@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Howard College
Building & Room: HC Building – Suite G, 1st Floor


Dr Dave Holness is the Director of UKZN’s Law Clinic and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law. He holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree- with Distinction, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – with Distinction, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education all from Rhodes University, a Master of Laws (LLM) by thesis and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) in Civil Legal Aid from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).Holness is a practising Attorney of the High Court, South Africa, sits on the Small Claims Court Advisory Board and is a member of the Law Society of South Africa. His research interests include the realisation of socio-economic rights, civil legal aid in South Africa including the role of paralegals in legal service delivery and Clinical Legal Education. Holness has had his research published in various academic journals and books.

Academic Qualifications

  • BA LLB Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (Rhodes)

Professional Qualifications

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Research Interests

  • Legal Ethics
  • Socio-economic rights in particular the right to food
  • Law for paralegals
  • Legal education
  • Clinical law

Recent Publications

  • “Recent Developments in the Provision of Pro Bono Legal Services by Attorneys in South Africa” [2013] PER (16) 1.
  • The constitutional justification for free legal services in civil matters in South Africa. [2013] Speculum Juris vol 27 Part 2.
  • Improving Access to Justice Through Compulsory Student Work at University Law Clinics. [2013] PER (16) 4.
  • Co-authored with Van Heerden and Govindjee: “The constitutionality of statutory limitation to the right of access to information held by the state in South Africa” Speculum Juris [2014] 1.
  • “The need for recognition and regulation of paralegals: an analysis of the roles, training, remuneration and impact of community based paralegals in South Africa” JJS Dec. 2013 edition.
  • Co-authored with Holness and Govindjee “The realization of the constitutional right to food in South Africa” De Jure vol 3 (2008) 524-544.
  • Co-authored with Devenish “Transnet Ltd And Others V Chirwa 2007 (2) SA 198. “The law in relation to employee claims relating to dismissal: jurisprudential principle or legal pragmatism”. 2008 (71) THRHR 142.


  • Author of 3 Chapters in book Introduction to Human Rights Law Editor: Govindjee. LexisNexis, Durban (1st ed. 2009; 2nd Ed. July 2016)- Peer reviewed & subsidy accruing
  • Co-authored three commercial law textbooks (various author numbers) (Pearson 2006 & 2015).
  • (Sole) author of book: The Constitutional Right to Food in South Africa: Realising the socio-economic right to food in a hungry & malnourished South Africa; lessons for similar jurisdictions? (Lambert Academic Publishing 2010).