School of Law

Dr Paul Swanepoel

Telephone: +27 31 260 3389
Email Swanepoelp@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Howard College
Building & Room: HC Building – Suite G 1F-18, 1st Floor

 

Biography:

Paul Swanepoel joined UKZN in 2013, having previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Leiden University Institute for History. He completed an undergraduate MA (Hons) in History at the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a LLB degree from the University of Natal. He then completed articles at a law firm in Durban and was admitted as an attorney. He returned to Scotland to read for a master’s and PhD in African Studies at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Paul teaches Administrative Law and Jurisprudence as part of the LLB programme at Howard College, as well as History and Philosophy of Constitutionalism, part of the LLM programme in Advanced Constitutional Litigation.

Academic Qualifications:

  • MA (Hons) (St Andrews)
  • LLB (Natal)
  • MSc PhD (Edinburgh)

Professional Qualifications:

  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Research Interests:

  • The Colonial Judiciary
  • Legal History
  • Administrative Law
  • Jurisprudence

Publications

  •  (with K. Govender) ‘The Powers of the Office of the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission: A Critical Analysis of SABC v DA and EFF v Speaker of the National Assembly 2016 3 SA 580 (CC).’ Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 23 (2020).
  • ‘Codifying Criminal Law in East Africa during the Interwar Period.’ Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies 37 (2019).
  •  (with S. Peté) ‘The Development of Racially Defined Punishment in Colonial Natal: the Early History of Durban’s Point Prison.’ Fundamina 25, no. 2 (2019).
  •  ‘Colonial Judges, Administrative Officers and the Bushe Commission in Interwar Kenya and Tanganyika.’ Fundamina 23, no. 1 (2017).
  • (with K. Govender) ‘Cynicism and the Rule of Law: a Critical Analysis of President of the RSA v M&G Media Limited 2012 (2) SA 50 (CC) and Associated Judgments.’ Southern African Public Law 30, no. 2 (2015).
  • ‘Kenya’s Colonial Judges: The Advocates’ Perspective.’ Journal of Asian and African Studies 50, no. 1 (2015).
  • ‘Transient Justice: Colonial Judges on Circuit in Interwar Tanganyika.’ Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies 24 (2013).
  •  ‘Judicial Choice during the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, 1952-1960.’ Fundamina 18, no. 2 (2012).

Papers Delivered:

  • ‘The Development of Racially Defined Punishment in Colonial Natal: the Early History of Durban’s Point Prison’, Juris Diversitas Conference, University of the North West, Potchefstroom, 15-17 April 2019.
  • ‘Codifying Criminal Law in East Africa, 1920-1945’, Fifth Biennial Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, École normale supérieure, Paris, 28-30 June 2018.
  • ‘The Nature and Effect of the Public Protector’s Findings and Remedial Action’, Administrative Justice Association of South Africa Conference, Salt Rock, 10-11 August 2017.
  • ‘Judicial Identities in Tanganyika, 1920-1961’ Fourth Biennial Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, University of Gdansk, 28 June to 1 July 2016.
  • Cynicism and the Rule of Law: Gaining Access to the Khampepe Report’, Administrative Justice Association of South Africa Conference, Salt Rock, 11-12 February 2016.
  • ‘Colonial Judges, Administrative Officers and Indirect Rule in East Africa: a War of Ideas’, Third Biennial Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, University of Macerata, 8-9 July 2014.
  • ‘Judicial Choice during the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya, 1952-1960’, Colonies and Postcolonies of Law: A Public Conference on Legal History, University of Princeton, 18-19 March 2011.