Dr Donrich Thaldar

 Dr Donrich Thaldar Telephone +27 31 260 2766
Email    ThaldarD@ukzn.ac.za
Campus  Howard College
Building & Room  HC Building – Suite F, Room 5
Dr Donrich Thaldar  


Donrich Thaldar joined UKZN in February 2017 from being in private practice as an advocate at the Pretoria Bar, where he specialised in human rights litigation. During his career as at the Pretoria Bar, Donrich acted as counsel in several reported cases, amongst these four cases heard in the Constitutional Court. He was also admitted as an amicus curiae in South Africa’s euthanasia test-case. In 2016, Donrich was nominated by the Pretoria Bar for the national Pro Bono Advocate of the Year Award. Prior to his career at the Pretoria Bar, Donrich was a technology entrepreneur. Donrich holds a PhD in law from the University of Cape Town, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University. Donrich lectures Bioethics and Practical Legal Training, and is also involved in the LLM programmes in Constitutional Law and Medical Law.

Appointment Designation:

Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader for Research and Higher Degrees

Academic Qualifications: 
BLC LLB MPPS (Pret), PGDip (Oxon) PhD (Cape Town)

Research Interests:

  • Biolaw
  • Innovation, Strategy and the Law
  • Human Rights

Recent Publications:

  • Social justice and research using human biological material: A response to Mahomed, Nöthling-Slabbert and Pepper. South African Medical Journal 2016; 106: 678-680.
  • Biotech Innovation in South Africa: Twenty Years in Review. Biotechnology Law Report 2016; 35: 37-42.
  • Surrogacy commissioning fathers and HIV. South African Medical Journal 2014; 104: 12–13.
  • Autologous stem cell therapy: An analysis of the South African regulatory regime. South African Journal of Human Rights 2012; 28: 31–54.
  • Regulatory crackdown on stem cell therapy in the United States: What would the position be in South Africa? South African Medical Journal 2012; 102: 226–228.
  • Reality bites: biotech innovation in South Africa. Innovate 2010; 4: 72–74. (Co-authored with A S Jordaan.)
  • Banning private stem cell banks: a human rights analysis. South African Journal of Human Rights 2009; 1: 126–51. (Co-authored with C Woodrow & M S Pepper.)
  • Antipromethean fallacies: a critique of Fukuyama’s bioethics. Biotechnology Law Report 2009; 28: 577–90.
  • Autonomy as an element of human dignity in South African case law. Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law 2009; published online.
  • How to grow the South African biotechnology sector. Innovate 2009; 3: 42–43.
  • The boy and his microscope: interpreting section 56(1) of the National Health Act. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law June 2009; 2(1): 12–19.
  • Science versus antiscience: the law on pre-embryo experimentation. South African Law Journal 2007; 124: 618–634.
  • The Legal Status of the Human Pre-Embryo in the Context of the Genetic Revolution. South African Law Journal 2005; 122: 137–149.

Membership of Professional & Other Organisations: Associate member of the KwaZulu-Natal Bar


The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN’s) Part-time LLB Programme offers aspiring legal practitioners a convenient way of obtaining an undergraduate law degree through

General information The Centre for Extended Legal Studies (CELS) in the School of Law, UKZN, invites applications from candidates wishing to pursue

General information The Centre for Extended Legal Studies (CELS) in the School of Law, UKZN, invites applications from candidates wishing to pursue