Bonginkosi Shozi holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and Master’s of Laws (LLM) in Constitutional Law, Theory and Human Rights Litigation, both obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He is currently a PhD candidate, and a doctoral fellow with the African Health Research Flagship. His doctoral thesis, titled ‘An Afrocentric approach to CRISPR-Cas9: Analysing the use of genetic technologies in human reproduction through the lens of human rights and African values’ investigates critical legal, ethical and human rights issues emanating from the prospect of germline gene editing using the novel CRISPR technology. This research is novel in its approach of critically engaging with these issues from an African perspective, with a view of promoting regulation in South Africa which is decolonised and Africanised.
Mr Shozi is an alumnus of the Judge Malcolm Wallis Clerkship Programme, having been a clerk for Judge Malcolm JD Wallis of the Supreme Court of Appeals during 2018.
He has over four years of experience working as a research assistant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Law, under Professor Yousuf A Vawda.
Mr Shozi’s research focus has been at the intersection of human rights and healthcare. In particular, his research has examined reproductive rights, and what they mean for how we regulate the use of new reproductive technologies, specifically in controversial cases such as posthumous reproduction. His research also extends to issues of global and regional healthcare policy regarding access to medicines on the African continent.