Jackie Dugard
Scholar in Residence
Wilf Hall Room 516
Biography

Jackie Dugard—BA (Hons) (Wits), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), LLM (Essex), LLB (Wits)—is an associate professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, where she lectures Property Law and Constitutional Law. With a background in social sciences and law, Jackie focuses on power and exclusion, and has published widely on the role of law and courts in social change, as well as on socio-economic rights (particularly housing and water/sanitation rights), access to courts, protest and social movements, property law and gender-based harm. Jackie is on the editorial committee of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR). She was a co-founder and the first executive director (2010-2012) of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), where she is a member of the Board. Jackie was the founder and first director of the Gender Equity Office (GEO) at the University of the Witwatersrand (2014-2016). She is on the Advisory Board of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at Wits, and she is a Global Fellow at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Bergen University), and an Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway. In May 2019, Jackie became a member of the South African Ministerial Task Team to advise on matters related to sexual harassment and gender-based violence at South African universities.

While on sabbatical from Wits at CHRGJ, Jackie will be working on a comparative project (USA and South Africa) on water rights and water racism, and she will be co-editing an Edgar Elgar book on international socio-economic rights.

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