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Current Staff & Associates

Professor Elrena van der Spuy 

Elrena is the Head of the Department of Public Law in the Faculty of Law. She has been interested in the social history of police and policing in South Africa.

Substantive areas of inquiry have included the structural evolution of the police in modern South Africa; the dynamics of policing under conditions of counter-insurgency in the 1980s; the impact of transitional politics on the form and function of the police; the narrative accounts of transition amongst key criminal justice incumbents, and the history of public inquiries into police, 1910-2015.

The complexity and ambiguities associated with the subculture of police organisations has been a long standing research interest. Finally, using the South African case study as a point of departure has allowed her to explore the challenges confronting police in other post colonies.

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Associate Professor Kelley Moult

Kelley Moult is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. She was, until recently, the Director of the Centre for Law and Society at UCT.

Kelley holds a PhD in Justice, Law & Society from American University. Her work focuses on gender-based violence, law reform and implementation in South Africa, and includes empirical studies on criminal justice personnel (particularly court clerks), discretion and the administration of justice. Other recent projects include a Southern African regional projects on child marriage, and on sexual and reproductive rights and the law. She is interested in the intersections of state and non-state justice systems in terms of gender-based violence.

Kelley was a Fulbright Fellow from 2004-2006, and received the 2020 Law and Society Association Stanton Wheeler Mentorship Award for outstanding mentorship of graduate, professional or undergraduate students working on issues of law and society. It is the first time that the award has been given to a scholar from the global South.

She teaches Theories of Crime and Social Order (PBL5820F/4820F); Law in Action: Research Methods (PBL5849F/4849F) and Forensics and the Law (PBL5847S/4847S) at the postgraduate level; and co-convenes Crime and Deviance in South African Cities (PBL2800F) with Elrena van der Spuy for undergraduate students in the Humanities and Law.

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Emeritus Professor Clifford Shearing

Clifford is a Professor, Senior Scholar and Research Chair in Law and Climate Change at the University of Cape Town. He also holds a Professorship in Criminology at the Griffith Institute of Criminology, Griffith University, Australia and an Adjunct Professorship in Criminology at the University of Montreal.

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Research Assistant

Annie Kok, MPhil Cape Town


Research Associates

Don H Pinnock, BA MA Cape Town PhD Rhodes

Janine Rauch, BSocSc(Hons) Cape Town MPhil Cambridge

Irvin Kinnes, HDE UWC MSc LSE PhD Cape Town

Dariusz Dziewanski, BCom MA Canada PhD London

Simon Howell, BA(Hons) MPhil PhD Rhodes

Anine Kriegler, BSocSc(Hons) MSocSc Cape Town MPhil Cambridge