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Prof. Jonathan Klaaren

Research Associate

Prof. Jonathan Klaaren

Jonathan Klaaren is a Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, serving in the Law School at the Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management and in the Faculty of Humanities with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).  He teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of human rights, competition law, and socio-legal studies.  His most recent book is From Prohibited Immigrants to Citizens: The Origins of Citizenship and Nationality in South Africa (2017).  His current research interests are in the African legal profession (including access to justice), competition law and economic regulation, and the organization of public interest litigation in South Africa.  He has served on a number of editorial committees and boards including those of the South African Journal on Human Rights, Law & Society Review, and Law & Policy.  He holds a Phd in sociology from Yale University and law degrees from Columbia (JD) and Wits (LLB).  He served as Head/Dean of the Wits Law School from 2010 to 2013 and as Director of the School’s Mandela Institute from 2005 to 2007.  In 2016, he was appointed as an Acting Judge on the High Court of South Africa (South Gauteng).


Brunette, R., J. Klaaren and P. Nqaba (2019) ‘Reform in the Contract State: Embedded directions in public procurement regulation in South Africa’. Development Southern Africa, 36(4): 537–54.


Klaaren, J. (2018)The Constitutionalist Concept of Justice L Ackermann: Evolution by revolution‘, in N. Bohler-Muller, M. Cosser and G. Pienaar (eds) Making the Road by Walking: The Evolution of the South African Constitution, pp. 27–43. Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press.

Klaaren, J. (2018) ‘My Vote Counts and the Transparency of Political Party Funding in South Africa‘. Law, Democracy & Development, 22: 1–11.


Klaaren, J. (2017) From Prohibited Immigrants to Citizens: The Origins of Citizenship and Nationality in South Africa. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Klaaren J. (2017) ‘Towards republican citizenship : a reflection on the jurisprudence of former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo’. Southern African Public Law, 32: 1–13.


Klaaren, J. (2015) ‘African corporate lawyering and globalization’. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 22: 226–42.

Klaaren J. (2015) ‘Civil Government Lawyers in South Africa‘. New York Law School Law Review, 60: 365–77.

Klaaren, J. (2015) ‘Governing through Crime in South Africa: The Politics of Race and Class in Neoliberalizing Regimes. By Gail Super. Dorchester: PB – Ashgate , 2013. 182 pp. $98.96, cloth’. Law & Society Review,49: 551–54.

Klaaren, J.(2015) ‘Human Rights: Legal Aspects‘, in J.D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (Second Edition), pp. 375–79. Oxford: Elsevier.

Klaaren, J. (2015)The Judicial Role in Defining National Security and Access to Information in South Africa‘. Democracy and Security, 11(3): 275–97.

Klaaren, J. (2015)The South African ‘Secrecy Act’: Democracy Put to the Test‘. Verfassung und Recht in Übersee VRÜ, 48: 284–303.

Klaaren, J. (2015) ‘Transformation of the Judicial System in South Africa, 2012-2013‘. George Washington International Law Review, 47: 481–508.

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