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Teaching and Research Assistants

Sapna Mesthrie 

Sapna Mesthrie graduated with a BA (distinction) in 2014 and an LLB (magna cum laude) in 2017 from the University of Cape Town and is an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Prior to joining the department as a TA, she completed her articles at ENSafrica in the Banking and Finance department and specialised in financial sector regulatory work and transactional work. Sapna is a Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure.  Her research interests include administrative law and criminal justice, specifically the treatment of women in the criminal justice system.

Muyenga Mugerwa-Sekawabe

Muyenga Mugerwa-Sekawabe is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Public Law tutoring International Law and Constitutional Law. In 2015 he received a BSocSci (with distinction in Philosophy) from UCT. In 2019 he received a LLB, also from UCT. During his law studies he worked as a research assistant to Professors Smythe and Paleker. In addition, he sat on the editorial committee of Responsa Meridiana, the national student law journal, and on the executive committee of RainbowUCT, UCT’s student-run LGBTI organisation.

Muyenga is an Inaugural Justice Dikgang Moseneke Fellow. His research interests lie in human rights in Africa, specifically LGBTI rights. In October 2019, he presented a conference paper on the rights of transgender high school learners in South Africa at GenderDynamix’s ‘4th Biennial Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference’. This year, he is completing his LLM (Coursework and Minor Dissertation) whilst working as an Associate Editor for the South African Journal on Human Rights.

Haren Naicker

Haren Naicker is a teaching assistant in the Department of Public Law. He will be the head tutor for constitutional law and is also a research assistant to Nurina Ally in the department. He graduated with a BSocSci in 2014 and an LLB in 2017 from the University of Cape Town. He has worked as monitor at the Parliamentary Monitoring Group and interned at the Council for the advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). He is completing an LLM in Constitutional and Administrative law in which his dissertation is being supervised by Associate Professor Richard Calland. His research interests include the separation of powers, transformative constitutionalism, and freedom of expression.

Abigail Stander

Abigail Stander is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Public Law tutoring Criminal law and Constitutional law. Last year she completed an LLB at the University of Cape Town. During her final year she worked as a Research Assistant to Kelly Phelps in the Department of Public Law. She is currently doing her LLM through coursework and minor dissertation under the supervision of Kelly Phelps. She is also working as a Research Assistant for Trudie Broekmann Attorneys, a commercial firm. Her research interests lie in the South African Correctional System and sentencing practices.

Catherine Willis-Smith

Catherine Willis-Smith is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Public Law, tutoring Administrative Law and the Law of Evidence. She graduated with an LLB (magna cum laude) from the University of Cape Town in 2018. She was a tutor in the Law Faculty’s Writing Centre and for the Legal Writing Project (LWP) in her final year.

Catherine’s research interests are in criminal justice, and she is currently pursuing her LLM (Coursework and Minor Dissertation) under the supervision of Prof PJ Schwikkard.