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Joanna Botha is the Head of Department 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). Her LLD thesis was entitled Hate Speech as a Limitation to Freedom of Expression.

Joanna teaches Human Rights Law at LLB level and co-ordinates and facilitates the Faculty's Moot Court Module. In 2009 and 2010 Joanna was named the Faculty Emerging Teacher of the Year and Faculty Teacher of the Year.

Joanna researches actively in human rights, specifically focussing on 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>

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


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