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Director

Fatima Khan

Fatima Khan is an Associate Professor and Director of the Refugee Rights Unit. She also is admitted as attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Dr Khan is the Course Coordinator of three courses - Refugee and Immigration Law (PBL 4506F), Public Interest Litigation (PBL 4111 S), two electives for final year students, as well as Refugee Law and Human Rights (PBL 5653F), a master’s level course for LLM and MPhil students.

Dr Khan has completed her BA, HDE, LLB, LLM (University of Cape Town) and was awarded a Doctoral degree in December 2017 from the University of Cape Town Law Faculty where she wrote a critique on South Africa’s legal regime for refugees in protracted situations. She has also has co-authored and edited two books on refugee and immigration law. She has published extensively both within South Africa and internationally. For a list of publications please see Dr Khan's extended profile on the Department of Public Law site.

Attorneys

Monique Schoeman

Head of Strategic Litigation and Supervising Attorney

Monique is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She is a senior supervising attorney, primarily working in the Unit’s strategic litigation. She joined the Refugee Rights Unit in 2011. Monique has an LLB from the University of Western Cape. She has completed her PGDip in Tax Law at the University of Cape Town. She has previously worked at the University of the Western Cape Law Clinic for two and a half years.

Shazia Sader

Head of the Detention Intervention Programme and supervising attorney 

Shazia is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She is a supervising attorney and currently leading the Unit in its detention intervention programme. She obtained an LLB (summa cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape.

Researcher

Nandi Rayner

Nandi is a researcher at the Unit. She is also admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She completed her BSocSci at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Gender and Organisational Psychology. She went on to complete her post-graduate LLB degree at UCT in 2016. In 2018 she completed her Masters in Constitutional & Administrative Law at UCT Law Faculty and wrote her dissertation on addressing unaffordable rental housing prices in Cape Town. She hopes to complete a Doctoral degree at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty in the coming years.

Nandi is the lead researcher on the Unit's four-year research project on the Global Asylum Governance and the European Union’s Role (ASILE), funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research innovation programme.

Candidate Attorneys

Thabiso Modukanene

Thabiso Modukanene joined the Refugee Rights Unit as a candidate attorney in 2020. He completed his LLB at University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2019 with a specialisation in refugee and immigration law. He is currently studying towards his LLM, specialising in Labour Law at UCT.

Olivia McCarthy  

Olivia joined the Unit as a candidate attorney in 2020. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Cape Town (UCT), majoring in English and Politics, and went on to complete her BAHons in International Relations at UCT. It was during her honours that her interest in refugee rights was sparked. It was this interest that motivated her to study law. Olivia completed her LLB at UCT in 2019 with a specialisation in refugee and immigration law. After completing her articles, Olivia strives to study further, undertaking an LLM focused on the intersection of refugee rights and gender.

Mbongeni Sibanda

Mbongeni is a candidate attorney at the Refugee Rights Unit. Mbongeni has completed a Bachelor of Social Science (BsocSci) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) majoring in Sociology. Mbongeni completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at UCT, with a specialisation in refugee and immigration law, and is currently studying towards his LLM in Labour Law. Mbongeni is committed to social justice and advancing the human good.  

Niall Marinus

 

Niall is a candidate attorney at the Refugee Rights Unit. He completed his Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSci) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), majoring in Politics and International Relations in 2015.  In 2019 he completed his Bachelor of Law (LLB) at UCT with a specialisation in refugee and immigration law. Niall is passionate about discussions on post-apartheid South Africa and has a keen interest in global politics, travelling and buying (but very rarely reading) books. Most importantly he would like to see the absolute and unequivocal liberation of our continent in his lifetime. 

Shaun Kraak

Shaun Kraak joined the Refugee Rights Clinic as a candidate attorney in 2020. He completed a MSocSc in Global Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and then his post-graduate LLB at UCT in 2019 with a specialisation in refugee and immigration law. He hopes to work in the human rights and public interest legal sector after finishing his articles at the unit.

Office Administration

Mufeeda Kassiem

Mufeeda Kassiem joined the Unit in 2016 in the role of office administrator. She has more than 20 years’ experience in office administration. Her many years of experience mean that she is comfortable with the day-to-day running of the Unit's office and managing of the Unit’s walk-in reception. Over the years she has learned to juggle many roles which include duties related to human resources, finance management and legal administration, including management of court diaries, liaising with Legal Practice Council, managing Bills of Cost and service of legal documents. She further deals with the administration of the three academic courses run by the unit.