Dr Janine Hicks

Telephone: +27 31 260 3839
Email hicksj@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Howard College
Building & Room: 1st Floor Howard College Building Suite G|Room G-17


Ms Janine Hicks is Coordinator and lecturer for the Street Law programme, and lecturer in the LLM Constitutional and Human Rights Litigation, and Employment Discrimination Modules. She co-teaches in Gender and the Law, and Human Rights modules, and is Coordinator and lecturer for the Law of Persons. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK, and a post-graduate LLB from the former University of Natal, Durban.

Janine is an Advisory Committee member on the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) Project 143: Maternity and Paternity Benefits for Self-employed Workers, served two terms as Commissioner with the Commission for Gender Equality, a constitutional Institution Supporting Democracy, and as Special Advisor to former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. She is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and has published on a range of topics relating to participatory democracy. Her research interests are in law reform relating to maternity benefits for women in the informal economy.

Academic Qualifications

  • BA
  • LLB (University of Natal, Durban)
  • MA (University of Sussex, UK)

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted attorney of High Court of South Africa.

Membership of Professional & Other Organisations

  • Advisory Committee member: South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) Project 143: Maternity and Paternity Benefits for Self-employed Workers
  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees, The Valley Trust

Research Interests

  • Maternity benefits for informal economy workers Participatory democracy
  • Women’s political participation
  • Gender and the law

Recent Publications

  • Hicks J, Myeni S, Buccus I, “The Executive”, chapter in Government and Politics in South Africa, Fifth Edition, Van Schalks, University of Johannesburg, 2017
  • Hicks J, Lowe-Morna C, and Fonnah, M, ‘Gender in the 2016 South African Local Government Elections’, Gender Links, 2016
  • Hicks J, Myeni S, ‘The impact of gender, race and class on women’s political participation in post-apartheid South Africa: Challenges for community development”, in Class, Inequality and Community Development, Policy Press, Shaw M, Mayo m (eds), 2016