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Lauren Kohn


Lauren Kohn is an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Law (UCT). She lectures Constitutional Law (LLB), Administrative Law (LLB) and Administrative Justice & Open Governance (LLM). Prior to joining academia in 2013, Lauren practiced at Webber Wentzel for several years where she specialised in Public Law. She achieved Distinctions for all of her Side-Bar Exams and the highest overall mark in the Cape of Good Hope (WC, EC, NC) for ‘Court Practice’.

When teaching capacity allows, Lauren still consults: she loves marrying her knowledge of legal theory with legal practice. She has advised NGOs on a pro bono basis and was recently involved in drafting new framework legislation in a vital government sector. Lauren co-founded, an on-line legal services platform aimed at enhancing access to justice. She is one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans of 2018 (Law & Justice); a nominee for the UCT Distinguished Teacher’s Award; and the prior recipient of the UCT Law Faculty Research Prize. Lauren was recently selected as one of 20 women leaders from across Africa to participate in the WIP Programme (‘Leading in Public Life: Women, Influence, Power Programme’) organised by the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. She is also the recipient of an inaugural WOZA Award for ‘Best woman: thought leader, innovation & academia in law’, 2019.

Since joining the academy, Lauren has presented at numerous local and international conferences and published prolifically – her work has been cited by leading academics and numerous courts, including the Constitutional Court. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Constitutional Court Review and an Advisory Board Member for the FW de Klerk Foundation. Lauren holds a B.Bus.Sci (with Honours, Distinction in Law, various class medals and special awards, UCT); an LLB (Magna Cum Laude, ‘Top Law Student’ 2005; various prizes and class medals, UCT); an LLM (Distinction, top in all courses, UCT, DAAD-NRF and David & Elaine Potter Scholarships) and is currently an external PhD Candidate (and Fellow) at Leiden Law School in the Netherlands. In her PhD, she is exploring arguments for the formal recognition of an ‘Integrity Branch’ of state in the hope that it may lead to a constitutional amendment, improved governance and thus the better realisation of human rights in South Africa. Lauren is deeply committed to social justice in our country and is a mom to two little girls (aged 4 and 2).


Administrative Law


Lauren Kohn 'The burgeoning constitutional requirement of rationality & the separation of powers: Has rationality review gone too far?’ (2013) 130 South African Law Journal 810.

Lauren Kohn 'Our curious administrative law love triangle: The complex interplay between the PAJA, the Constitution and the common law’ (2013) 28 SA Public Law 22

Lauren Kohn 'The Anomaly that is Section 24G of NEMA: An Impediment to Sustainable Development' (2012) 19 South African Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 1 (although indexed as a 2012 edition, the journal was delayed & in fact only published in 2014).

Lauren Kohn ‘Escaping the “Shifren shackle” through the application of public policy: An analysis of three recent cases shows Shifren is not so immutable after all’ (2014) 28(1) Speculum Juris 74.

Lauren Kohn & Hugh Corder 'Judicial regulation of administrative action’ in the South African Monograph on Constitutional Law, Murray & Kirkby (eds) (2014) Suppl. 108 International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL), available at

Lauren Kohn ‘The Failure of an arranged marriage: The traditional leadership / democracy amalgamation made worse by the Draft Traditional Affairs Bill’ (2014) 29 SA Public Law 343.

Lauren Kohn ‘The Bashir judgment raises the red flag for the rule of law and the judiciary’ (2016) 133 South African Law Journal 246.

Lauren Kohn ‘The Test for ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ where an Order of Substitution is sought: An Analysis of the Constitutional Court judgment in Trencon against the backdrop of the Separation of Powers’ (2015) 7 Constitutional Court Review 91 (although a 2015 volume, it appears only in 2017 – see note from editor).

Lauren Kohn ‘Ramuhovhi v President of the Republic of South Africa: A bittersweet victory for women in ‘old’ polygamous customary marriages’ (2017) 33 South African Journal on Human Rights 120.

Cited by:

Lauren Kohn & Raisa Cachalia ‘Restitutionary Measures properly understood & the extension of the Quota Ban – Locating SARIPA in the s 9(2) Van Heerden Framework’ (2017) Acta Juridica 146.

Lauren Kohn ‘Commentary on section 66: National Instructions & Directives’ in chapter 26 of the Sexual Offences Commentary (2018 update) edited by D Smythe & B Pithey (Juta) (forthcoming).

Lauren Kohn Administrative Law 101: Through the Lens of the Informal Sector (working title: forthcoming book project with LexisNexis).