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Dr Marietjie Botes – UKZN School of Law
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School of Law

Dr Marietjie Botes

Telephone: +27 83 5480 410
Email marietjie@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Howard College (operating remotely from Pretoria)

Biography

Marietjie has been practising as an attorney since 2001 and holds the degrees of BProc, LLB, LLM with specialisation in Intellectual Property Law and an LLD with specialisation in Biotechnology Law. During her years as partner at Dyason Inc in Pretoria she drafted, reviewed and advised on Health-tech, Fin-tech and Bio-tech Contracts, advised on all legal aspects involving Biotechnology, litigated and gave legal advice in the fields of Health Care, Life Sciences and Insurance. Her academic research interests span genetic research regulation, privacy issues relating to health information, data sharing and commercialisation, gene editing, stem cell therapy ethics and research regulations, the ethics and regulation of social media crowdsourcing, surrogacy applications and biobank start-ups and the visualisation of informed consent forms for scientific research.
Marietjie has published numerous articles in both national and international journals on these topics. Her doctoral studies about informed consent in the context of genomic research involving the indigenous San populations of southern Africa has won her both national and international research awards and resulted in her pioneering a visual communication tool to bridge communication gaps between scientists and research participants. She joined the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Health Law and Bioethics flagship as a post-doctoral research fellow in June 2019, which keeps her digging through the latest legal and ethical developments in gene editing and related issues.

Academic Qualifications:

  • BProc (UP)
  • LLB (UP)
  • LLM (Intellectual Property Law) (UNISA)
  • LLD (Biotechnology Law) (UNISA)

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court on 24 April 2001
  • Accredited Commercial Mediator

Research Interests

  • Health Law
  • Life sciences
  • Intersection between Law and Science (and Art)
  • Data sharing, Privacy and Consent

Recent Publications and Papers

Accredited
  • (2011) “The application of the Consumer Protection Act in the South African health care context: Concerns and recommendations.” The comparative and International Law Journal of southern Africa.
  • (2015) “Legal Implications of translational promises of unproven stem cell therapy.” South African Journal of Bioethics and Law
  • (2016) Stem cell processing – Chapter 1. “Stem cell therapy: accepted therapies, managing the hope of society and a legal perspective.” Springer Nature
  • (2017) “Using comics to adequately communicate contract cancellation: a survey of pre-owned vehicle buyers in Pretoria, South Africa.” The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • (2019) “Safeguarding the future of genomic research in South Africa: Broad consent and the Protection of Personal Information act No.4 of 2013.” The South African Medical Journal.