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Professor Shannon Joy Bosch

 Professor Shannon Bosch Telephone +27 31 260 2920
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Campus  Howard College
Building & Room  HC Building, Suite G 
Professor Shannon Joy Bosch  

Professor Shannon Bosch (nee Goodricke) is the School of Law’s Academic Leader of Research and Higher Degrees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree which she graduated summa cum laude from the former University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus). She also holds a joint-honours degree, in the disciplines Philosophy and Political Science, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, which she received with the Jimmy Gorman Memorial award, for the best overall LLB performance, also from the former University of Natal. Bosch served her articles at Goodrickes Attorneys (Durban’s oldest law firm) before accepting the DFID Commonwealth Scholarship and the Mandela Magdalene Scholarship to read for a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, specialising in international law, at Cambridge University. She also holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Bosch has been admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and is a member of the South African International Law Association (SABILA), and sits on the editorial board of the African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law.
Bosch has also acted as an external examiner for a variety of South African Universities (in the field of international law) and frequently peer reviews articles for SAPSE accredited Journals and publishes extensively in the areas of International Humanitarian Law and International Law.

Appointment Designation:
Academic Leader : Public Law

Academic Qualifications: 
BA (Hons) LLB (Natal)
LLM (Cambridge – Magdalene College)

Professional Qualifications: 
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Public International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Private Military and Security Contractors
  • Voluntary Human Shields
  • Child Soldiers
  • Humanitarian Relief Workers
  • Mercenarism


  • Shannon Bosch, Marelie Maritz & Matthew Kimble ‘Mercenaries or Legitimate Actors? The South African Regulation of PMSCs ‘ in Private Military and Security Contractors: Controlling the Corporate Warrior, Gary Shaub & Ryan Kelty (Eds) (2016) Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Reprint edition, Chapter 10.
  • Shannon Bosch ‘A Legal Analysis Of How The International Committee Of The Red Cross’s Interpretation Of The Revolving Door Phenomenon Applies In The Case Of Africa’s Child Soldiers’ (2015) 1 African Security Review 1-13.
  • October – CLMS Research day Paper title: Taking Stock of Civilian Status in a Quasi Post-Guantanamo Bay World
  • Shannon Bosch ‘The International Humanitarian Law Notion of Direct Participation In Hostilities – A Review The ICRC Interpretive Guide and subsequent debate’ (2014) 17(3) PERJ 999-1046.
  • Shannon Bosch ‘Private Security Contractors And Neutral Relief Workers – An Unlikely Marriage?’ (2013) African Yearbook Of International Humanitarian Law (163-195).
  • Shannon Bosch ‘Targeting Decisions Involving Voluntary Human Shields In International Armed Conflicts: In Light Of The Prohibition Against Civilian Direct Participation In Hostilities’ 2013 XLVI (3) CILSA 447-473.
  • Shannon Bosch Private military and security contractors: a face-off with the notion of direct participation in hostilities, in international armed conflicts’ (2012) Journal of Juridical Science 37(2) 1-34.
  • Shannon Bosch ‘The Combatant Status of “Under-aged” Child Soldiers Recruited by Irregular Armed Groups in International Armed Conflicts’ (2012) African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (1-39).
  • Shannon Bosch ‘Targeting and prosecuting “under-aged” Child Soldiers in International Armed Conflicts, in Light of the International Humanitarian Law Prohibition Against Civilian Direct Participation in Hostilities’ (2012) XLV:3 Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa 324-364.
  • Shannon Bosch and Juanita Easthorpe ‘Africa’s Toy Soldiers, Non-state Armed Groups, and “Voluntary” Recruitment: Anything but Child’s Play’ (2012) 21:2 African Security Review 4-19.
  • Sarah Pudifin Jones and Shannon Bosch ‘Demographic and “Cultural” Factors Influencing Public Opinion On Prostitution: An Exploratory Study In Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa’ (2012) 15:4 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 1-39.

Conference Proceedings: 

  • August 2015 – CLMS Research da, Paper title: Have Executive Outcomes risen from the ashes like the phoenix to fight Boko Haram, and could this be the critical test for the Foreign Military Assistance Act 15 of 1998 (Best presenter award – Law stream)
  •  July 2015: South African Law Teachers Conference Paper title: ‘A new way forward for the regulation of the private military and security industry’October
  •  2014 – CLMS Research day, Paper title: Taking Stock of Civilian Status in a Quasi Post-Guantanamo Bay World (Runner-up best presenter award – Law stream)

Editorial Boards:  
African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law

Useful Websites:

Shannon Bosch CV and Publications