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Jameelah Omar


Jameelah Omar is a senior lecturer in the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town, with an LLB and LLM (Criminal Justice). She lectures Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law in the LLB and an elective on Criminal Justice and the Constitution. Her research focuses on procedure and substantive criminal law, especially sexual offences. She has also published on the law on protest.  

After graduating with her LLB, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Criminology, UCT while completing her LLM in criminal justice. She then completed her articles at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Incorporated in Johannesburg. As a practising attorney, she formed part of the Rule of Law Programme at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in prisoners’ rights, particularly remand detainees, and access to information. While at Wits, she was part of the Inquiry team into Sexual Harassment at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is also a co-author of that inquiry's published report.

Jameelah joined the UCT Law Faculty in 2015. She is currently completing a PhD that focuses on the adversarial nature of the criminal justice system and the impediments it poses to complainant participation in the criminal process.

Expertise/ Research Interests

Criminal Justice 


Criminal Procedure


See CV (right-hand column).