Mr Bonginkosi Shozi

Telephone: +27 81 389 2104
Campus: Howard College


Bonginkosi Shozi holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and Masters of Law (LLM) in Constitutional Law, Theory and Human Rights Litigation, both obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He is currently a PhD Candidate, and a Doctoral Fellow with the African Health Research Flagship. His doctoral thesis, titled ‘An Afrocentric approach to CRISPR-Cas9: Analysing the use of genetic technologies in human reproduction through the lens of human rights and African values’ investigates critical legal, ethical and human rights issues emanating from the prospect of germline gene editing using the novel CRISPR technology. This research is novel in its approach of critically engaging with these issues from an African perspective, with a view of promoting regulation in South Africa which is decolonised and Africanised.

Mr Shozi is an alumni of the Judge Malcolm Wallis Clerkship Programme, having been a clerk for Judge Malcolm JD Wallis of the Supreme Court of Appeals during 2018.

He has over 4 years of experience working as a Research Assistant at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Law, under Professor Yousuf A Vawda.

Mr Shozi’s research focus has been at the intersection of human rights and healthcare. In particular, his research has examined reproductive rights, and what they mean for how we regulate the use of new reproductive technologies, specifically in controversial cases such as posthumous reproduction. His research also extends to issues of global and regional healthcare policy regarding access to medicines on the African continent.

Academic Qualifications:

  • LLB (UKZN)
  • LLM (Constitutional Law, Theory and Human Rights Litigation) (UKZN)

Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Health Law
  • Bioethics
  • Access to Medicines

Recent Publications and Papers

  • D Thaldar, B Townsend, M Botes, and B Shozi. Human Biological Material. LAWSA. In press.
  • YA Vawda, B Shozi. Eighteen Years After Doha: An Analysis of the Use of Public Health TRIPS Flexibilities in Africa. South Centre. 2020.
  • D Thaldar, M Botes, B Shozi, B Townsend & J Kinderlerer. Human germline editing: Legal-ethical guidelines for South Africa. South African Journal of Science. In press.
  • D Thaldar, B Shozi. Procreative Non-Maleficence: A South African Human Rights Perspective on Heritable Human Genome Editing. The CRISPR Journal. 2020. DOI: 10.1089/crispr.2019.0036
  • B Shozi. Something Old, Something New: Applying Reproductive Rights to New Reproductive Technologies in South Africa. South African Journal on Human Rights. 2020. DOI: 10.1080/02587203.2020.1776632
  • B Shozi. A Critical Review of the Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Germline Gene Editing: Considering Human Rights and a Call for an African Perspective. South African Journal of Bioethics and the Law. 2020. DOI: 10.7196/SAJBL.2020.v13i1.00709
  • B Shozi. Does human germline genome editing violate human dignity? An African perspective. 2021. DOI: 10.1093/jlb/lsab002
  • B Shozi, YA Vawda. Quo Vadis Patent Litigation: Ascendis Animal Health (Pty) Limited v Merck Sharpe Dohme Corporation 2020 1 SA 327 (CC). Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal.2021. DOI: 10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a8021
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