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Joanna Botha is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She teaches Competition Law and Insurance Law at undergraduate LLB level and Media Law as a service course to the BA Media Studies students. She co-ordinates the Faculty's Moot Court Competition and is a facilitator of the Moot Court Elective Module. In 2009 and 2010 she was named the Faculty Emerging Teacher of the Year and Faculty Teacher of the Year.

In 2016 Joanna was awarded an LLD for a thesis entitled Hate Speech as a Limitation to Freedom of Expression, under the supervision of Professor Avinash Govindjee, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Prof Richard Moon of Windsor University, Canada. She has published nationally and delivered a number of conference papers in this field, in which she maintains a keen interest.

Joanna is a co-author of two commercial law textbooks and is a peer reviewer for a number of South African Law journals. She has also supervised many research students at both postgraduate and undergraduate level and welcomes supervision in the field of human rights and media law issues.

Interesting facts:

Joanna is an avid mountain-biker and enjoys participating (on a social level) in mountain biking events. She also enjoys travelling (both Southern Africa and abroad), trail running, reading and gardening. Joanna is married to MC and has two teenage children, Lauren and James.