Joanna Botha is an Associate Professor in Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Joanna holds the degrees BA LLB (Rhodes), LLD (NMMU). She has served as Head of the Department of Public Law since July 2016.

Joanna researches actively in human rights, specifically focussing on the development of a regulatory framework for hate crimes and hate speech and the intersection between freedom of expression, human dignity and equality. She is also interested in the relationship between law and development and law’s capacity to achieve social change in South Africa. A list of Joanna’s recent research publications and conference papers are available here: [Publications]

Joanna lectures human rights law and legal interpretation and is the facilitator for the elective moot court module.

Joanna welcomes research supervision in the fields of hate crimes and hate speech; the protection of equality, dignity, privacy and freedom of expression; law and development, and related aspects of Public Law.

She is a NRF Thuthuka Grantholder and has been awarded the Faculty’s Researcher of the Year award for the past three years. Joanna’s research profile and list of publications can be accessed here: [link]. The Department of Public Law is an institutional member of the Law and Development Research Network [] and will be hosting the Network’s annual conference in September 2021.

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