SAIFAC's Managerial Structure

 SAIFAC is managed by a Director and a Deputy-Director. The Deputy-Director assists the Director to perform the duties outlined below.

 The functions of the Director include the following:

  • planning and execution of projects of the Centre;
  • appointment of and direction of personnel of the Centre, subject to the rules and procedures of the University;
  • annual reporting to the Executive Dean, the Faculty Board and the University Research Committee;
  • administration (including financial administration) of the Centre;
  • the use of funds of the Centre subject to the consent of the Executive Dean or the Vice Dean, and in conformity with the rules and procedures of the University; and any other function that is reasonably necessary to manage the Centre.

Current Staff

Professor David Bilchitz, Director

9.jpgDavid is a Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at the University of Johannesburg and SAIFAC's Director. He is also Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He was elected to the South African Young Academy of Science in 2015. David has a BA (Hons) LLB cum laude from Wits University. He graduated with an MPhil in Philosophy from St John's College, University of Cambridge in 2001 and with a PhD in law from the same university in 2004. David worked as law clerk to Deputy Judge-President (then) Langa of the South African Constitutional Court in 2000. He publishes extensively with 1 monograph (OUP), 3 co-edited volumes, 14 book chapters, and 37 journal articles. He is also on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals and presents at conferences around the world. His academic work focuses on the critical role that law plays in protecting the vulnerable within constitutional democracies and straddles the boundary between political philosophy and constitutional law. His focus is on the field of fundamental rights and, in particular, the content of socio-economic rights, the obligations of business in relation to fundamental rights, the tension between religious freedom and equality, and the rights of animals.

In 2017-18 David was awarded a Von Humboldt Foundation fellowship to conduct research and was hosted at the Humboldt University of Berlin for the period of the fellowship.

                                          Contact David at
                                          David Bilchitz CV.pdf


Dr Mispa Roux, Deputy-Director


Mispa Roux obtained the LLB (2006) and LLM (2007) degrees from the University of Johannesburg. In 2012 she obtained her LLD in International Law at UJ, entitled "A Comparative Analysis of the Causes for Breaching the Erga Omnes Obligation to Prevent and Prosecute Gross Human Rights Violations", under the supervision of Professor Hennie Strydom. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law at the Law Faculty of UJ. Dr Roux teaches Public International Law and Human Rights to undergraduate students, and International Criminal/Humanitarian Law to LLM students. Mispa is Head of the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Unit at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a centre of the University of Johannesburg. She is also SAIFAC's Deputy Director. She is an editor at the Constitutional Court Review (CCR), a law journal that devotes its attention to the work of the South African Constitutional Court. Dr Roux's research focuses mainly on international criminal law, international human rights law, sexual and gender-based violence, and South Africa's obligations in terms of these focus areas. She has published in peer-reviewed accredited journals and presented academic papers at a number of international conferences.  

Contact Mispa at or

                                           M Roux CV.pdf


Mrs Naomi Hove, Personal Assistant and SAIFAC's Administrative Officer

8.jpgNaomi previously worked in the accountancy department at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently studying towards a Higher Certificate in Business Management through the University of Johannesburg.

Contact Naomi at





Former Staff



Andrew Konstant (2014-5)

Meghan Finn (2014)

Michael Dafel (2013-4)

Ngwako Raboshakga (2009 and again in 2013)

Serges Kamga (2012)

Juha Tuovinen (2010-11)

Project Researchers/Consultants

Robert Freeman, Project Researcher (2017-18). Robert worked with the Centre for Constitutional Rights on a scorecard and methodology for evaluating civil and political rights in South Africa. He also performed a more general research role at SAIFAC during this period.

Katy Hindle, Project Researcher (2016). Katy worked with the Centre for Constitutional Rights on a scorecard and methodology for evaluating civil and political rights in South Africa. Katy also drafted parliamentary submissions, on behalf of SAIFAC, on the Prevention and Combatting of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

Khomotso Moshikaro, IDEA Project researcher (2015). Khomotso worked on the IDEA project focusing on the performance of the South African Constitution over 20 years (IDEA Project).

Linette Du Toit (2015), IDEA Project Researcher

Daryl Glaser (2015), consultant on the IDEA Project


Visiting Researchers

Saul Tourinho Leol, University of Brasilia

Brigitta Wahlberg, Abo Akademi University

Evan Rosevear, University of Toronto

Franziska Sucker, University of the Witwatersrand

Post-doctoral fellows

Emile Zitzke (2017)

John-Paul Ongeso (2016)

Camilla Pickles (2016)

Rita Ozoemena (2014/2015)