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Dr Paul Swanepoel

Dr Paul Swanepoel Telephone +27 31 260 3389
Campus  Howard College
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Dr Paul Swanepoel


Dr Paul Swanepoel is a lecturer in the field of Administrative Law and Jurisprudence at the School of Law. He holds a Master of Arts Honours (MA (Hons) degree from the University of St Andrews, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Natal and a MSc PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

Appointment Designation:

Academic Qualifications: 
MA (Hons) (St Andrews) LLB (Natal) MSc PhD (Edinburgh)

Professional Qualifications: 
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Legal History
  • Jurisprudence


  • ‘Kenya’s Colonial Judges: The Advocates’ Perspective.’ Journal of Asian and African Studies 50, no. 1 (2015).
  • ‘Transient Justice: Colonial Judges on Circuit in Interwar Tanganyika.’ Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies 24 (2013).
  • ‘Judicial Choice during the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, 1952-1960.’ Fundamina 18, no. 2 (2012).

Papers Delivered:

  • ‘Colonial Judges, Administrative Officers and Indirect Rule in East Africa: a War of Ideas’, Third Biennial Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, University of Macerata, 8-9 July 2014.
  • ‘Judicial Choice during the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, 1952-1960’, Colonies and Postcolonies of Law: A Public Conference on Legal History, University of Princeton, 18-19 March 2011.
  • ‘Railways, Steamboats and Courts: Tanganyika’s Judges on Circuit, 1920-45’, Performing Colonial Modernity, University of Edinburgh, 18-19 May 2010.
  • “‘Indifferent Justice?’ Judicial Biographies from Colonial Tanganyika”, Transcending Boundaries: Biographical Research in Colonial and Postcolonial African History, German Historical Institute, London, 7-8 May 2010.
  • ‘Kenya’s Colonial Judges: The Advocates’ Perspective’, British Institute in Eastern Africa Annual Conference, British Academy, London, 18 September 2008.