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Teaching and Research Assistants

Scott Roberts (Head TA) 

Scott is Head Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Private Law, and tutors in Contract, Delict and Jurisprudence. He has worked in the Law Faculty since completing his LLB at UCT in 2018. In 2019, he also served as the sub-editor of Acta Juridica, and was published as an author in the South African Law Journal. He is interested in liberal political philosophy and jurisprudence, and how the law (and particularly the law of obligations) can give effect to the ideas of freedom and respect for the individual. He is pursuing an LLM in the law of contracts and will be investigating how extrinsic evidence is and ought to be used in interpreting contracts, in order to best give effect to the intentions of the parties at the time of the agreement's conclusion.

Quentin du Plessis

Quentin du Plessis is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Private Law tutoring the laws of contract and delict. He has a BSocSc (PPE) (with distinction), LLB, and LLM (with distinction) from UCT and has completed short courses from Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. During his law studies he served as editor of Responsa Meridiana law journal and in 2018 he was one of the winners of the South African Law Reform Commission’s legal essay writing competition. Quentin is an occasional contributor to the Mail & Guardian and has been published in Business Day, Daily Maverick, Advocate, and the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Hadassah Laing

Hadassah is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Private Law, tutoring Contract Law and Law of Persons and Family.  She is also an LLM student at the University of Cape Town having graduated with an LLB (cum laude) from UCT in 2019. Hadassh is planning to write her minor dissertation in the area of Consumer Contract Law with the supervision of Tjakie Naude. Hadassah’s current areas of interest are in Contract law and International Trade law.

Kiegen Louw

Kiegen is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Private Law.  Kiegen attained his LLB and LLM in Human Rights Law from UCT, and served his articles of clerkship for one year at the Refugee Rights Clinic before completing his articles at the UCT Law Clinic. With a passion for social justice and human rights, Kiegen has dedicated his legal education and career to fulfilling this ethos. He aims to continue his service in the social justice sector and has a particular passion for public interest litigation.

Kiegan's publications include Chapter 5 ‘Securitisation of Migration’ in Immigration Law in South Africa (2018) JUTA: Cape Town, and his LLM Thesis on ‘The Inadequacies in the Protection of Transgender Female Refugees’. University of Cape Town. 2018

Khanyi Mabena

Khanyi is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Private Law, tutoring Foundations of South African Law and the Law of Persons and Family. She has an LLB from UCT. During her law studies she participated in UCT Model United Nations, served on the UCT Amnesty International sub-commuter and was the Financial Administrator of the Human Upliftment Project NPC. 

Khanyi is currently completing an LLM in International at UCT and has great interest in pursuing a career at the International Criminal Court. 

Rukshana Parker

Rukshana is a Teaching Assistant in the Private Law Department, tutoring Systems and Context, Civil Procedure, African Customary Law and Property Law. Her masters dissertation focuses on the potential of civil juries and lay assessors in South Africa.

She obtained a LLM, LLB as well as a BSocSci in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Cape Town as an Oppenheimer scholar. She is also an admitted attorney, having practiced at a global law firm focusing on employment law, insurance litigation and competition law.

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson graduated with an LLB from the University of Cape Town in 2019, having served as a mentor in the Law Faculty and as a committee member of the UCT Moot Society in his final year. His research interests include the law of delict, property, criminal law and commercial arbitration. Simon is also involved in community theatre, and he believes that the law – like theatre – is a space for creativity, and a tool with which the voiceless can find their voice. This year, he will be tutoring Foundations of South African Law, Property Law and Jurisprudence.

Andrew van Wijk

Andrew is a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Private Law. He tutors the Law of Property, Systems and Context as well as the Property PASS programme. He joined the Law Faculty of graduating with his LLB cum laude in 2019 and is pursuing an LLM in Commercial Law in 2020. His areas of interest are legal history, private law and the nexus between commercial law and private law mechanisms more generally. In the second half of 2020 he will be going on exchange to Radboud University in the Netherlands in furtherance of his LLM. 

Julian Weldman 

In 2019 Julian started as teaching assistant at UCT in the Private Law Department, tutoring in Law of Succession and Property. Julian is currently undertaking postgraduate study with the aim of completing his PhD over the next few years. His particular interests lie in Law of Succession. Prior to this, Julian worked in the financial services industry at one of the big 5 Asset Management and Life companies.

With a BCom LLB from the University of South Africa, and an LLM from University of Cape Town, Julian also has a National Diploma: Cost and Management Accounting from Cape Town University of Technology.

Keanan Wheeler

Keanan is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Private Law tutoring the Foundations of South African Law and the Law of Persons and Family courses. Keanan graduated with an LLB from the University of Cape Town in 2017.  Thereafter, he completed his articles of clerkship and is due to be admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2020.

Keanan’s areas of interest include Property law and the law of Succession.  In 2020, he will be pursuing his LLM in Private Law.