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Ms Juanita Easthorpe – UKZN School of Law
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School of Law

Ms Juanita Easthorpe

Telephone: +27 33 260 5038
Campus: Pietermaritzburg
Building & Room: Law Building – Room 8, 1st Floor


Ms Juanita Easthorpe is a Lecturer in the fields of Gender and the Law and Family Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a Masters of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and is in the process of reading for her PhD in Private Law. Juanita is an advocate of the High Court, South Africa. Her main research interests are in the areas of Gender and the Law (focussing on gender equality) and Family Law (focussing on Divorce, Maintenance and Parent and Child). She has published extensively in these areas.

Academic Qualifications:

  • LLB
  • LLM (UKZN)

Professional Qualifications:

  • Advocate of the High Court

Research Interests:

  • Family Law
  • Labour law
  • International Law
  • Gender and the Law


  • Easthorpe J (with Carnelley M) “The meaning of the term “means” in the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998 2009 Obiter (2) 370-380
  • Bosch S and Easthorpe J “Africa’s toy soldiers, non-state armed groups, and ‘voluntary’ recruitment: anything but child’s play” 2012 vol 21:2 African Security Review 4-19
  • Easthorpe J “When being Positive is a Negative: Allpass v Mooikloof Estates” 2013 vol 25:1 SA Mercantile Law Journal
  • Easthorpe J “Pride and Prejudice: De Lange v The Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church of Southern Africa”2015 (4) TSAR 903-918

Membership of Professional & Other Organisations:

  • Advocate of the High Court (2009)
  • Association of Teachers of International Humanitarian Law (ICRC)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the LGBTI Organisation in Pietermaritzburg
Recent Papers Delivered:
  • Easthorpe J (with Carnelley M) “The meaning of the term “means” in the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998 2009 Obiter (2) 370-380
  • Fresh Perspectives : An Introduction to South African Law ; Pearson Publishing, 2008
  • Fresh Perspectives : An Introduction to South African Law, 2nd edition ; Pearson Publishing, 2011
  • Law of Persons and The Family ; Pearson Publishing ; 2016

Useful Websites:

  • Research assistant to the HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG), School of Psychology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (
  • Research assistant to the AIDS and Rights Alliance of South Africa (ARASA), AIDS and Human
  • Rights Research Unit, University of Pretoria (