School of Law

Ms Tamanda Kamwendo

Biography

Tamanda is a doctoral fellow at the UKZN School of Law under the African Health Research Flagship. She completed her LLB at the University of Botswana, where she graduated top of her class. She also holds an LLM specializing in Business law from UKZN.

For her PhD, Tamanda focuses on the right of access to healthcare services in the age of genome editing. In particular, her study demonstrates how CRISPR technology, as applied through germline editing, presents a promising therapeutic paradigm shift for Tuberculosis treatment in South Africa. To that end, the study examines how the right of access to healthcare services, as enshrined in the Constitution, could be given sufficient interpretation to ensure that CRISPR technology is made readily available and accessible to all South Africans. Within this framework, Tamanda also discusses how germline editing compels one to consider rights and responsibilities across generations. Precisely, the extent to which the rights and interests of future generations should be given a voice in legal and ethical debates regarding germline editing.

Prior to seeking a doctorate, Tamanda worked as a Junior Legal Compliance Officer at a Durban based robotics company. She also served for two years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the UKZN School of Law.

Academic Qualifications:

  • LLB (UB)
  • LLM (Business law) (UKZN)

Research Interests

  • Access to Medicine
  • Intellectual Property law
  • Bioethics
  • Health law
  • Corporate law