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Jaco Barnard-Naudé


Jaco Barnard-Naudé (BCom(Law)(cum laude) LLB(summa cum laude)LLD(UP)MA(UCT)) is Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Centre for Rhetoric Studies in the Department of Private Law. He holds a B2-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is a past recipient of the UCT Fellows Award.  In the United Kingdom, Prof Barnard-Naudé is currently the British Academy’s Newton Advanced Fellow in the School of Law at Westminster University and Honorary Research Fellow in the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London.

Expertise/ Research interests

Critical jurisprudence, sexual minority freedom, post-apartheid jurisprudence, spatial justice, law and aesthetics and Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic jurisprudence. Barnard-Naudé's public intellectual work is extensive and has focused in recent years on Afrikaans literary and film criticism.

Teaching focus

  • Foundations of South African Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law, Rhetoric and Society
  • Spatial Justice, Ubuntu and the Nomos of Apartheid


Professor Barnard-Naude has profiles on ORCID and on Google Scholar Citations.  He also has an profile where some of his papers can be downloaded. 

Edited collection

AJ Barnard-Naudé, Drucilla Cornell & François du Bois (eds) Dignity, Freedom and the Post-Apartheid Legal Order (2008) Juta: Cape Town ISBN 978-0-7021-8137-5.

Articles, notes and book reviews in peer-reviewed journals

  1. AJ Barnard “A different way of saying. On stories, text, the critical legal argument for contractual justice and the ethical element of contract in South Africa” (2005) 21(2) The South African Journal on Human Rights 278.
  2. AJ Barnard “To Wonderland Through The Looking-Glass: Conceiving A Critical Legal Argument For Contractual Justice In The South African Law Of Contract” (2006) 17(2) Law and Critique 153.
  3. AJ Barnard “Death, mourning and melancholia in postmodern contract. A call for re-establishing contract's connection with the ethical” (2006) 17(3) Stellenbosch Law Review 386.
  4. AJ Barnard “Reflecting on achievements, celebrating failures: The Memory, Narrative and Forgiveness Conference, Cape Town, 23-27 November 2006. (A Response to Prof Schaffer)” (2007) 6(1) Borderlands (no page numbers as this is an electronic journal only).
  5. AJ Barnard “Totalitarianism, (Same-Sex) Marriage and Democratic Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa” (2007) 23(2) The South African Journal on Human Rights 500-525.
  6. AJ Barnard & Pierre de Vos “Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships in South Africa: Critical Reflections on  an Ongoing Saga” (2007) 4 South African Law Journal 795-826.
  7. AJ Barnard-Naudé “The decision in Hartley v Pyramid Freight: Justice Miscarried?” (2007) 18(3) Stellenbosch Law Review 497- 507.
  8. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Book review:  Drucilla Cornell: Moral Images of Freedom” (2008) (1) Law, Culture and the Humanities 295-299.
  9. AJ Barnard-Naudé, Drucilla Cornell & François du Bois “Introduction” (2008) Acta Juridica vii-xii.
  10. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Beyond the Brother: Radical Freedom” (2008) Acta Juridica 273-297.
  11. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Oh what a tangled web we weave: Hegemony, freedom of contract, good faith and transformation – towards  a politics of friendship in the politics of contract” (2008) 1 Constitutional Court Review 155-208.
  12. AJ Barnard-Naudé “At the walls of Athens: What remains?” (2009) 20(2) Law and Critique 177-192.
  13. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Negotiating the archive: Amnesty, justice and memory: Review article of Antje Du Bois-Pedain Transitional Amnesty in South Africa” (2009) 22(3) South African Journal of Criminal Justice 419-432.
  14. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Die politiek van broederskap: Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy en Jane Alexander se The Butcher Boys” (2010) 7(2) LitNet Akademies 23-47.
  15. AJ Barnard-Naudé and Pierre de Vos “Disturbing heteronormativity: the ‘queer’ jurisprudence of Albie Sachs” (2010) 25(1) Southern African Public Law 209-34.
  16. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Editorial note to the first two articles” (2010) 127(4) South African Law Journal 609-610.
  17. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Deconstruction is what happens” (2011) 22(1) Stellenbosch Law Review 160 172.
  18. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Beyond the brother: radical freedom” (2008) Acta Juridica 273-298 reprinted in R Robson (ed) The Library of Essays on Law and Sexuality Volume III: Sexual Freedom (2011) Ashgate Publishing 277-303.
  19. AJ Barnard-Naudé and Pierre de Vos “The heteronormative observer: the Constitutional Court’s decision in Le Roux v Dey” (2011) 3 South African Law Journal 407-419.
  20. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Die denker as digter, die digter as denker: DJ Opperman, NP Van Wyk Louw en die digkuns / filosofie-debat in die Afrikaanse letterkunde (Deel 1)” 2012 9(1) LitNet Akademies 144-180.
  21. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Die denker as digter, die digter as denker: DJ Opperman, NP Van Wyk Louw en die digkuns / filosofie-debat in die Afrkaanse letterkunde (Deel 2)” 2012 9(1) LitNet Akademies 181-207.
  22. AJ Barnard-Naudé and Pierre de Vos “Die politiek van die estetiese in 'n postkoloniale konteks: menswaardigheid en vryheid van uitdrukking in die debat rondom Brett Murray se skildery The Spear” 2012 9(2) LitNet Akademies (Regte) 176-201.
  23. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Book Review: Jacques de Ville (2012) Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality” (2012) 129 (4) South African Law Journal 799-803.
  24. AJ Barnard-Naudé ‘“A Principle of Impurity or a Law of Contamination’ : Poetry’s Resistance” (2012) 3 Stellenbosch Law Review 462-475.
  25. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Of Dorothy’s Dog, ‘Poststructural’ Fairy Tales… and The Real: Power, Poverty and the General Principles of the South African Law of Contract” (2013) 29 South African Journal on Human Rights 467-480.
  26. AJ Barnard-Naudé ‘“The greatest enemy of authority’: Arendt, Honig and the Authority of Post-Apartheid Jurisprudence” (2013) 10 No Foundations 120-137.
  27. AJ Barnard-Naudé ‘“For Michelman on the contrary’: Republican Constitutionalism, Post-Apartheid Jurisgenesis and O’Regan, J’s dissent in Minister of Home Affairs v Fourie” (2013) 24(2) Stellenbosch Law Review 342-357.
  28. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Book Review: Carrol Clarkson (2013) Drawing the line: toward an aesthetics of transitional justice” (2014) 131(4) South African Law Journal 926-934.
  29. AJ Barnard-Naudé and Pierre de Vos “These queer gardens: a South African story” (2014) 46(3) Acta Academica 134-149.
  30. AJ Barnard-Naudé “For a politics of presupposed equality: the struggle for sexual minority freedom in Africa” (2015) Agenda: empowering women for gender equity 1-11.
  31. AJ Barnard-Naudé “The pedigree of the common law and the ‘unnecessary’ Constitution: a discussion of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision in RH v DE” (2016) 133(1) The South African Law Journal 16-28.
  32. Jaco Barnard-Naudé “‘She reigns and he does not govern’: the discourse of the anxious hysteric in post-apartheid South Africa” (2017) 28(3) Law and Critique 267-287.
  33. Jaco Barnard-Naudé “‘Grace gets angry’, or the ‘tactics’ of forgiveness: the biopolitics of reconciliation in the postcolony’ (2017) 7(2) Oñati Socio-legal Series [online] available at:
  34. Jaco Barnard-Naudé ‘Justice Moseneke and the emergence of a new master-signifier in the South African Law of contract’ (2017) Acta Juridica 247-269.
  35. Jaco Barnard-Naudé ‘The precarious politics of presupposed equality in South African higher education’ (2017) 11 Kagisano 119-154.

Chapters in peer-reviewed books

  1. AJ Barnard “Reading and writing archives: The TRC, big business and reparations in post-apartheid South Africa” in Karin van Marle and Wessel le Roux (eds) (2007) Law, memory and the legacy of apartheid. Pretoria University Law Press: Pretoria 93-106.
  2. AJ Barnard-Naudé “For Justice and Reconciliation to Come: The TRC archive, big business and the demand for material reparations” in François du Bois & Antje du Bois-Pedain (eds) (2008) Justice and Reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa Cambridge University Press 172-205.
  3. AJ Barnard-Naudé “The work of mourning, refusal, forgiveness” in Karin van Marle (ed) (2009) Refusal, Transition and Post-Apartheid Law Sun Media 101-120.
  4. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Post-apartheid fraternity, post-apartheid democracy, post-apartheid sexuality: queer reflections on Jane Alexander’s Butcher Boys” in Robert Leckey and Kim Brooks (eds) (2010) Queer theory: law, culture, empire Routledge 69-85.
  5. AJ Barnard-Naudé “The post-apartheid legal order” in Tracy Humby, Louis Kotzé & Anél du Plessis (2012) Introduction to law and legal skills in South Africa 11-44.
  6. AJ Barnard-Naudé, A Du Plessis & L Kotzé “Sources of law and legal authority” in Tracy Humby, Louis Kotzé & Anél Du Plessis (eds) (2012) Introduction to law and legal skills in South Africa 121-148.
  7. AJ Barnard-Naudé “The legislative process and the interpretation of statutes” in Tracy Humby, Louis Kotzé & Anél du Plessis (eds) (2012) Introduction to law and legal skills in South Africa 169-184.
  8. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Adjudication, interpretation and dispute resolution” in Tracy Humby, Louis Kotzé & Anél du Plessis (2012) Introduction to law and legal skills in South Africa 185-214.
  9. AJ Barnard-Naudé “The politics of private law: sexual minority freedom in South Africa and Scotland” in Daniel Visser & Elspeth Reid (eds) (2013) Bringing Rights Home: Private Law and Human Rights in Scotland and South Africa. Edinburgh University Press 37-80.
  10. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Sexual Minority Freedom and the Heteronormative Hegemony in South Africa” in Oscar Vilhena, Upendra Baxi & Frans Viljoen (eds) (2013) Transformative constitutionalism: Comparing the apex courts of Brazil, India and South Africa. Pretoria University Law Press 311-336.
  11. AJ Barnard-Naudé ‘“I am the first accused’: seven reflections (and a postscript) on Derrida’s Mandela” in Awol Allo (ed) (2015) The courtroom as a space of resistance: reflections on the legacy of the Rivonia trial Ashgate Publishing 171-188.
  12. AJ Barnard-Naudé “Chapter 3: Towards the poetic justice of reparative citizenship” in Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (ed) (2016) Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition: a global dialogue on historical trauma and memory. Barbara Budrich Academic Press: Leverkusen 49-70.
  13. Jaco Barnard-Naudé “Law, Memory and Post-Apartheid Spatiality: ‘Reading Nomos Otherwise,’ ‘Mapping the Heterotopic’” in Emma Patchett & Sarah Keenan (eds) (2017) Spatial Justice and Diaspora. CounterPress Oxford: 10-50.
  14. Jaco Barnard-Naudé “Hannah Arendt’s work of mourning: the politics of loss, the ‘rise of the social’ and the ends of apartheid” in Maurits van Bever Donker, Ross Truscott, Gary Minkley & Premesh Lalu (eds) (2017) Remains of the social: desiring the post-apartheid. Wits Press: Johannesburg 117-145.
  15. Jaco Barnard-Naudé ‘Real Zones of Indistinction: Crisis, Exception, Norm – and the TRC as Biopolitical Imperative’ in Mia Swart and Karin van Marle (eds) (2017) The Limits of Transition: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 Years on  Brill: Leiden 186-220.
  16. Jaco Barnard-Naudé and Pierre de Vos ‘Scene of the crime’ in Sisonke Msimang (ed) As you like it: the Gerald Kraak Anthology (African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality) Vol II (2018) Jacana: Auckland Park 20-39.
  17. Jaco Barnard-Naudé ‘Chapter 4: Spectres to come: reproductive futurism. Queer Africa, die-ins and drag’ in Morison, T; Lynch, I and Reddy, V (eds) (2018) Queer Kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging London: Routledge; Pretoria UNISA Press 43-62 (ISBN 0367188023).

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  1. AJ Barnard “Death and the common good: The ethics and politics of mourning” in E Oketch et al Politics and the Common Good (2006) Strathmore UP 62-92.

Non-peer reviewed articles of an academic nature in the public domain

  1. Regular contributions to Mail & Guardian Thoughtleader. Posts can be viewed at:
  2. Regular contributions to LitNet. Posts can be viewed at:
  3. Occasional guest contributions to Constitutionally Speaking. Posts can be viewed at
  4. Innumerable contributions to the English and Afrikaans print media, radio and television, nationally and internationally, some of which are available at:

Parliamentary submission

AJ Barnard & P de Vos & (2006) Submission to parliament on the constitutionality of the Civil Union Bill.