Jackie Dugard

PluriLand, Water Rights and Effects of Rights & Law Projects

Associate professor in the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


Jackie Dugard – BA (Hons) (Wits), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), LLM (Essex), LLB (Wits) – is an associate professor in the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Associated Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.

With a background in social sciences and law, Jackie is a human rights activist and scholar, and has published widely on the role of law and courts in social change, as well as on socio-economic rights, access to courts, protest and social movements. Jackie has recently co-edited, with Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins and Tshepo Madlingozi, the book Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Symbols or Substance? (2016, Cambridge University Press). She is on the editorial committee of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR). Jackie was a co-founder and the first executive director (2010-2012) of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), where she is currently Chairperson of the Board. Jackie was the founder and first director of the Gender Equity Office (GEO) at the University of the Witwatersrand (2014-2016).



Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?

LawTransform: Effects of Rights & Law
2018 - 2023

PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes

Juridification and Social Citizenship
2011 - 2020