The introductory essay to a volume of World Literature Today about the law and literature movement, with a special focus on social justice.
Risk and Responsibility: Protecting Human Rights Defenders (co-Author). June 2011.
This paper researches emerging issues confronting human rights defenders and recommends strategies for grantmakers.
The Spirit of the National Peace Accord: The Past and Future of Conflict Resolution in South Africa. 2009.
Published in ACCORD: the African Journal of Conflict Resolution (Vol. 9 No. 1, 2009). The work is a condensed version of my research as a Rotary scholar in South Africa. The article examines the groundbreaking initiative called the National Peace Accord, which helped shepherd South Africa away form apartheid. It goes on to look at the government’s new attempt to incorporate traditional justice systems into the state.
A Critical Legal Studies Primer. 2006.
Karl Marx warned us that legal rights are not always to be trusted. His reasoning was simple: that legal rights often perpetuate systems of exploitation and bolster the status quo. But somehow, one hundred and fifty years later, we continue to believe in them. This lengthy academic essay looks at the role of rights through the lens of the Critical Legal Studies movement. Writing in the 70s and 80s, these scholars found that the law diffuses power in surprising and often unpredictable ways – but rarely is a sinister force at work.
Published in Dialogue: the Journal of Global Majority (Vol. 1, No.1, 2007). This article describes some of the issues confronting refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. It specifically addresses violence against the refugee community, and suggests plausible solutions.
Immigrants and Harm Reduction Statutes in California
Published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Volume 19, Issue 3 (Spring 2005). This article describes the effect of drug harm reduction statutes upon the immigrant community in California. Thankfully, the incongruencies that I identified in the Immigration and Naturalization Act — in which removal for a drug offense depended almost entirely on the state you were living in — has since been at least partially resolved by a Supreme Court decision.
The Use of Force: Punishing Military Contractors Abroad. 2005.
This article examines various means of holding military contractors accountable. It discusses the alien tort statute and delves into the quagmire of U.S. military procurement rules and regulations. Submitted for my MPhil in Justice & Transformation at the University of Cape Town.
Resurrecting Gandhi: A New Method of Conflict Resolution for South Africa and Beyond. 2005.
This article seeks to understand Gandhi’s method of Satyagraha and identify its relevancy in post-apartheid South Africa. Submitted for my MPhil in Justice & Transformation at the University of Cape Town.