School of Law

Dr Annette Singh

Lecturer
Telephone: +27 31 260 7691
Email singhat@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Howard College
Building & Room: HC Building – Suite E, 1st Floor

Biography:

Dr Annie Singh is a Lecturer in the field of statutory and constitutional interpretation at the School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the former University of Durban-Westville (UDW) and a Doctor in Philosophy Degree (PhD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) for her thesis entitled: The Impact of the Constitution on Transforming the Process of Statutory Interpretation in South Africa. She is involved in the supervision of Masters students’ and has attended a number of conferences – both nationally and internationally and has delivered papers on a host of different areas in law. Dr Singh’s research interests include the rights of vulnerable groups, which include women, children and prisoners and has also published in these areas of law.

Academic Qualifiactions:

  • Bachelors of Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Durban-Westville
  • Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Durban-Westville
  • Doctor in Philosophy Degree (PhD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Professional Qualifications

  • Is admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa (in terms of the Admission of Advocates Act, 1964)

Research Interests:

Dr Annie Singh specialises in statutory and constitutional interpretation. Her doctoral thesis was based on the area of constitutional interpretation and was entitled The Impact of the Constitution on Transforming the Process of Statutory Interpretation in South Africa. Not only has the Constitution transformed the process of statutory interpretation in South Africa, but it has also resulted in the emergence of a new jurisprudence. The research undertaken is significant, in that it provides a practical and a sound option in the form of a Deontic Theory which is postulated as the most favourable option to further the aims of social transformation and decolonisation in the current South Africa.

Dr Singh has an interest in researching the rights of vulnerable groups, which include women, children and prisoners and has also published in these areas of law. She is currently involved in the supervision of a number of Master’s and Doctoral students and has been instrumental in assisting students with the publishing of their dissertations. She has attended a number of conferences – both nationally and internationally and has delivered papers on a host of different areas in law.

Publications

  • 2018: Article – De Jure Vol No.1 June 2018 edition “ The nursing profession in South Africa – Are nurses adequately informed about the law and their legal responsibilities when administering health care? (Co Author – M Mathuray)
  • 2019: Recently Submitted for Publication “ Witchcraft accusation and the challenges related thereto: Can South Africa provide a response to this phenomenon experienced in Tanzania?” (Co Author – N Msuya)
  • 2016 : Article – To be published in the 2016 edition of PER “ Judicial Law-Making: Unlocking the Creative Powers of Judges in terms of Section 39(2) of the Constitution”
  • 2014: Article – Social Work Maatskaplike Werk March Vol 50 No. (99-115“A Review of Legislation Pertaining to Children with particular emphasis on Programmes offered to Children Awaiting Trial at Secure-Care Centres”
  • 2012: Article – Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 75 No.1 2012 (79 -100)“A re-evaluation of the common-law presumptions of interpretation in light of the Constitution”
  • 2009: Note – Obiter Vol 30 3 2009 (784-790) “ The Question of Interpretation in the Nicholson Judgment.”
  • 2009:Case Note – Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law Vol 72 No. 2 2009 (336 – 345) “ An Illustration of Teleological Interpretation – Par Excellence.”
  • 2008: Case Note – De Jure Vol 3 2008 (658 – 663)“ Admissibility Evidence – leave to question complainant on past sexual history In terms of section 227 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 0f 1997”
  • 2006: Article – Journal for Juridical Science August 2006 edition Vol 31 2006 (80 – 100)“ The Protection of Prisoner’s Rights to Health Care Services : Is It Adequate?”
Papers Delivered
  • The following are among the most recently attended conferences at which papers have been delivered. These include the: Internationalization and Globalization Conference in India. Paper delivered on Women in the Workplace – A South African Perspective (July 2016).
  • Delivered a paper on The Role of the Academic in a Transformed South African Society at the 10th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (September 2017).

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