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

1.jpgDr 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 under the supervision of Prof Hennie Strydom, entitled "A Comparative Analysis of the Causes for Breaching the Erga Omnes Obligation to Prevent and Prosecute Gross Human Rights Violations".  Dr Roux is currently a senior lecturer in Public International Law and Human Rights in the Department of Public Law at the Law Faculty of UJ.  She is on the editorial board of the Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg (Journal of South Africa Law), and has presented academic papers at a number of international conferences.  Her main research interests are public international law, specifically state responsibility, international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law.  Dr Roux has published on the prevention and prosecution of gross human rights violations, focussing on genocide and persecution as a crime against humanity.  She is also undertaking further research on sexual and gender violence committed during armed conflict, having published on reparation for these atrocities.

Contact Mispa at

M Roux CV.pdf


Raisa Cachalia, Researcher

Raisa.jpgRaisa has BA, LLB, and LLM degrees (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She previously worked as a candidate attorney at Bowman Gilfillan Inc. and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2013. She clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2013-2014 for Justice Zondo and then Justice Froneman. After leaving the Court she joined Caveat Legal's panel of legal consultants (2014-present) where she provides legal advice on aspects of regulatory law, particularly in the areas of public procurement and data protection. In 2016 Raisa joined SAIFAC where her broad research interests are in the areas of Administrative Law and Constitutional Law, with a special focus on public power and rule of law issues. Raisa also enjoys writing pieces that critically engage judgments of the Constitutional Court and is interested in legal blogging and writing opinion pieces in her areas of interest. She lectured Administrative Law in the faculty of law at Wits University in 2017 and joined the editorial committee of the Constitutional Court Review journal in the same year. In 2016, with the assistance of SAIFAC and various affected women, Raisa lodged a formal complaint with the Department of Home Affairs in response to a pervasive problem of automatically changing women's surnames upon marriage.

Contact Raisa at


Justin Ngambu Wanki, post-doctoral fellow (2018)

Justin Wanki.jpgJustin obtained his DEUG, Licence (LLB) (2003) and Maitrise en Droit (PGD) (2005) degrees from the University of Yaounde II, Soa, Cameroon.  He then worked with one of the most prominent law firms in Cameroon; Cabinet Ngwe Marie-Andree in Douala as a solicitor and labour law consultant before moving to South Africa in 2010. In 2011 he obtained his LLM in Multi-disciplinary Human Rights Law. In 2012 he obtained an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University, New York and another diploma in socio-economic rights from Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland in 2015. In that same year Justin obtained his LLD in constitutional jurisprudence under the supervision of Prof Karin Van Marle, entitled 'When the rule of law and constitutionalism become a mirage: an analysis of constitutionalism and the rule of law in post-independent Cameroon against post-apartheid South Africa.' Justin is the Executive Director of Foundation Africa International (FAI), a Pan-Africanist movement focusing on political education and Visionary African leadership. He has delivered papers at conferences in South Africa, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. His main research interests are Constitutional and International law. In constitutional law his special focus is on comparative constitutional law, constitutional jurisprudence and post-apartheid jurisprudence. In public international law, he specifically focuses on international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. Justin has published papers in South African and international law journals in both constitutional and international law.


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.





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)