People

Focus-Area Directors

C. Genevieve Jenkins

Genevieve is a Co-founder of the African Legal Centre and its Director of Environmental Justice. In addition to three years' experience as an Associate Attorney at Latham & Watkins, Genevieve has worked as an intern for the Law, Environment and Development Centre of the School for Oriental and African Studies (University of London), a legal advisor to Lawyers for Human Rights (Environmental Rights Programme) in Johannesburg, and a foreign law clerk to Justice van der Westhuizen on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Her academic writing has focused on climate change, constitutional environmental rights, and rule of law. She has an LL.M in Public International Law from Queen Mary College (University of London) and is member of the California Bar. She currently works for the Slum Housing Litigation Project at the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, California.

Visit Genevieve's Author Page

Wayne Ncube

Wayne is a public interest litigator and the Director of Migrant and Refugee Rights for the African Legal Centre. He has read towards a LL.B. degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a LL.M degree focusing on Human Rights Advocacy and International Criminal Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has worked at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) since 2011 in their Refugee and Migrant Rights and Environmental Rights Programmes.

Visit Wayne's Author Page

John Paul Ongeso

John Paul is from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Director of Corporate Accountability for the African Legal Centre. He is a lecturer at Strathmore Law School, Strathmore University in Nairobi. He obtained his LLM in International Law in 2012 and his LLB with distinction from Wits University in 2011. He is currently pursuing his PhD in International Criminal Law at the same university. John Paul has worked as a Senior Research & Teaching Associate and has taught Customary law, Jurisprudence and Public International law as a Sessional Lecturer at Wits Law School. He also runs a university residence in Johannesburg which aims at promoting academic and professional excellence among its students. John Paul enjoys the outdoors and playing basketball.

Visit John Paul's Author Page

Michael Power

Michael is a Co-founder and the Managing Member of the African Legal Centre (ALC). He has read towards B.A., LL.B. and LL.M (International Law and Development) degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand and he is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa (2014-). Following judicial clerkships with Judge Kathleen Satchwell in the High Court of South Africa (2011) and Justice Bess Nkabinde in the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2014), Michael now practises as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest law firm in Johannesburg.

Visit Michael's Author Page

Editors

Leo Boonzaier

Leo is an Editor for the African Legal Centre, and he reports on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He has BSocSci and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town and a BCL from the University of Oxford. He has worked as a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and more recently as a law clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. In 2015 he begins a doctorate in legal philosophy at Oxford.

Visit Leo's Author Page

Meghan Finn

Meghan is an Editor for the African Legal Centre, and she reports on recent judgments of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She has BSocSci and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town, and recently clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in the Chambers of Justice van der Westhuizen. Currently, Meghan is a research associate at SAIFAC (South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law), a centre of the University of Johannesburg.

Visit Meghan's Author Page

Communications

Seham Areff

Seham is the Communications Officer for the African Legal Centre. She has BA and LLB degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a BCL from the University of Oxford. In 2014 she clerked for Justice Johann van der Westhuizen at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She’ll be returning to Oxford in 2015 to study a master's in international development.

Contributors

Frank W. Acheampong

Frank read law at the National University of Lesotho, spent a brief period with the University of Swaziland, and finished his studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Frank accumulated trial practice experience at the firm G. G. Nthethe & Co in Lesotho before moving to South Africa, where he worked at the Missionvale Law Clinic in Port Elizabeth. He then took up project management after acquiring an interest in the legalities and machinations of the construction industry.

Visit Frank's Author Page

Clare Ballard

Clare, an attorney, established Lawyers for Human Rights' Penal Reform Programme in July 2014. Prior to that she was a researcher at the Community Law Centre (University of the Western Cape), focusing on constitutional law and penology. Clare has a Bachelor of Arts and an LLB from the University of Cape Town, and an LLM from Cornell University. She is also a former clerk of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has lectured on and practiced in the field of child justice.

Visit Clare's Author Page

Raisa Cachalia

Raisa is a researcher at SAIFAC (South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law), a centre of the University of Johannesburg. She has BA, LLB, and LLM degrees (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She previously worked as a candidate attorney at Bowman Gilfillan Inc. and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2013. She clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2013-14 and has been on Caveat Legal's panel of legal consultants since 2014.

Visit Raisa's Author Page

Michael Clark

Michael is a legal researcher at the Centre for Law and Society (CLS)’s Rural Women’s Action Research Project (RWAR). CLS is a non-profit research unit that works on issues of rural land rights, traditional leadership and governance structures and mining, and is based at the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining CLS, Michael was a legal researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and a researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Project at Stellenbosch University. He has an LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch. He has published in the fields of socio-economic and related enabling rights.

Visit Michael's Author Page

Sarah Logan

Sarah completed an LLB at the University of Cape Town and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa (2011-). She recently completed an MPA at Columbia University and is currently working for a public interest law firm in New York.

Visit Sarah's Author Page

Khomotso Moshikaro

Khomotso is a researcher at SAIFAC (South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law), a centre of the University of Johannesburg. He has an LLB from the University of Pretoria and a BCL and MSc from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2013 he clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Next year he begins a PhD at the University of Cape Town.

Visit Khomotso's Author Page

Piet Olivier

Piet is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. He is an admitted attorney and holds a BA from the University of Stellenbosch and an LLB from the University of Cape Town. He has clerked at the Constitutional Court in the chambers of Chief Justice Mogoeng and Justice van der Westhuizen. In September he is heading to Oxford to read for a BCL. He is interested in the relationship between private law, the Constitution, and social and technological change.

Visit Piet's Author Page

Brian Osundwa

Brian has an LLB from the University of Nairobi and is set to obtain an LLM in International Human Rights Law, with a specific focus on the rights of persons in situations of vulnerability. He has previously worked at the United Nations Housing Rights Programme and clerked at the North Gauteng High Court, South Gauteng High Court and Johannesburg Magistrate's Court in South Africa. Brian has conducted research on the constitutional approach to the realisation of the rights of sexual minorities in Africa and how constitutions can be used to decriminalise homosexuality. Brian also makes weekly videos that highlight human rights violations and bad governance.

Visit Brian's Author Page

Nerima Akinyi Were

Nerima is from Nairobi, Kenya. She studied at the University of Pretoria, obtaining an LLB and an LLM in Corporate Law. She worked in South Africa for a number of years, clerking at the Land Claims Court and the Constitutional Court. She is currently pursuing her bar admission at the Kenya School of Law and working at an NGO focused on the right to health.

Visit Nerima's Author Page