Ms Sheetal Soni

Ms Sheetal Soni
Ms Sheetal Soni Telephone +27 33 260 5383
Campus   Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room Law Building – Room 7, 1st Floor
Ms Sheetal Soni


Ms Sheetal Soni is a lecturer in the field of Bioethics and Medical Law at the School of Law. She holds LLB (UNP) and LLM (UKZN) degrees and is currently a PhD candidate. She is also an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Her research interests are in reproductive technology and the law, specifically assisted reproduction and preimplantation testing of early embryos.

Appointment Designation:

Academic Qualifications:
LLB (Natal); LLM (UKZN)

Professional Qualifications:

  • Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Bioethics
  • Reproductive Technology Law/Assisted Reproduction,
  • Medical Law

Recent Publications:

  • Carnelley C. & Soni,S (2008) A Tale of Two Mummies. Providing a womb in South Africa: Surrogacy and the legal rights of parents within the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. A brief comparative study with the United Kingdom. Speculum Juris, Issue 2008(2)
  • Soni S (2010) Am I my sister’s keeper? The new assisted reproductive technologies and the law. The Natal Witness. February 2010
  • Soni, S (2010) Regulating Human Cloning – A Commonwealth Comparison. Speculum Juris, Issue 2010(2)
  • Strode A & Soni, S (2012) Pre-implantation diagnosis to create ‘saviour siblings’: A critical discussion of the current and future legal frameworks in South Africa. South African Medical Journal Volume 1 (2012)

Membership of Professional & Other Organisations: 

  • Research assistant to the HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG), School of Psychology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (
  • Research assistant to the AIDS and Rights Alliance of South Africa (ARASA), AIDS and Human
  • Rights Research Unit, University of Pretoria (

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