Professor Brigitte Clark

Telephone: +27 33 260 5032
Campus: Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room: School of Law, Room 14


After completing her Master’s degree at Cambridge University, she qualified as an Attorney and Convenacer of the High Court of South Africa. She then began her career in academia, firstly, as Senior Lecturer at University of Cape Town from 1986 – 1994, then Rhodes University where she completed her Doctorate on Child Maintenance in South Africa with a comparative perspective. In 2002 she commenced her lecturing career in the United Kingdom, firstly, at the University of East Anglia for then years and then from 2008 to 2019 at Oxford Brookes as Senior Lecturer in Family Law, Contract and Medical Law. Since 1995, she has been General and Contributing Editor of the Butterworths Family Law Service. She is the author of over 50 journal articles and chapters in books, largely in area of Family Law and the Handbook on Child Maintenance in South Africa (2017).

In April 2019 she took up a Senior Lectureship at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa lecturing in in Child Law and Jurisprudence.

Academic Qualifications:

  • BA
  • LLB
  • LLM
  • PhD

Professional Qualifications

  • Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests

  • Family Law
  • Medical Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Comparative Law
  • Law and Religion

Recent Publications and Papers

  • South African Handbook on Child Maintenance (2017) (fourth edition) (Lexisnexis) (Durban, South Africa)
  • Book Review Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels: Religious Arbitration in America and the West Michael J Broyde’ (2018) 21 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 100–115.
  • Book Review – Women’s Rights and Religious Law Domestic and International Perspectives (edited by Fareda Banda and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe) (2018) 20(1) 2018 pp. 87–91 Ecclesiastical Law Journal
  • Clark B, ‘The Shackled Parent? Disputes over relocation by separating parents: Is there a need for statutory guidelines?’ South African Law Journal 134 (1) (2017) pp.80-115 ISSN: 0258-2503
    eISSN: 1996-2177
    Abstract Website
  • Clark B, ‘Treading a tightrope: the fragility of family and religious minority rights in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights’Child and Family Law Quarterly 29 (1) (2017)
    ISSN: 1358-8184
    Abstract Website
  • Clark B J, ‘”Better Late Than Never” – a One Day symposium held at Oxford Brookes to mark the 25th Anniversary of UK Ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).’Family Law -Bristol- 45 (4) (2015), ISSN: 0014-7281 eISSN: 1742-660X
    Abstract Website
  • Clark B, ‘Jurisprudence and conflicts of law – possible messages for and from the UK Supreme Court’ New England Journal of International and Comparative Law 18 (1) (2012) pp.1-27
    ISSN: 1936-2803
  • Clark B, ‘A balancing act? The rights of donor-conceived children to know their biological origins’ Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 40 (3) (2012) pp.621-661
    ISSN: 0046-578X
    Abstract Website
  • Clark B, ‘Ante-nuptial contracts after Radmacher: an impermissible gloss?’ Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 33 (1) (2011) pp.15-24
    ISSN: 0964-9069
    Abstract Website
  • Clark B, ‘Prenuptial contracts in English law: capricious outcomes or legislative clarification?’ Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 32 (3) (2010) pp.237-245
    ISSN: 0964-9069
    Abstract Website
  • Clark B, Richards C, ‘The prevention and prohibition of forced marriages – a comparative approach’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly 57 (3) (2008) pp.501-528
    ISSN: 0020-5893 eISSN: 1471-6895