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Associate Professor Bonita Meyersfeld

Position ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
QualificationsBA, LLB, LLM, JSD
Phone 0117178622
Email Bonita.Meyersfeld@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit Centre for Applied Legal Studies

B onita Meyersfeld is the director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and an associate professor of law at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (NRF Y1 rating). She is an editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights and the founding member and chair of the board of Lawyers against Abuse. Bonita teaches international law, business and human rights and international criminal law. Prior to working in South Africa, Bonita worked as a legal advisor in the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and the gender consultant to the International Centre for Transitional Justice in New York. Bonita obtained her LLB from Wits Law School and her LLM and JSD from Yale Law School. She is the author of Domestic Violence and International Law, Hart Publishing (UK) (2010).

  • Public International Law (LLB)
  • Human Rights and the Marketplace (LLM)
  • International Criminal Law (LLM)

Publications

Publications List 2010-2013

 

1.     Bonita Meyersfeld, ‘Non-Human Animals and the Law: The Fable of Power’ SAPL (2012-2013) (15 pages)

 

2.     Bonita Meyersfeld, ‘Business, Human Rights and Gender: A Legal Approach to External and Internal Considerations’ in Surya Deva and David Bilchitz (eds) Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect? Cambridge University Press, 2013 (forthcoming 2013) (24 pages)

 

3.     Bonita Meyersfeld and David Kinley, ‘Financial Institutions and Human Rights: a South African Experiment’ in Aoife Nolan (ed) Social and Economic Rights Post the Global Financial Crisis Oxford University Press (pending review 2013) (17 pages)

 

4.     Bonita Meyersfeld, ‘Invest in Corporations? What are the Obligations of Corporations in relation to investing?’ in Christoph Luetge (ed) Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics Springer (2012) (non-peer reviewed)

 

5.     Bonita Meyersfeld, ‘Implementing the Rome Statute in Africa: Potential and problems of the prosecution of gender crimes in Africa in accordance with the Rome Statute’ in Kai Ambos and Ottilia A. Maunganidze (Eds.) Power and Prosecution: Challenges and Opportunities for International Criminal Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa Göttingen Studies in Criminal Law and Justice Volume 24 2012 (non-peer reviewed)

 

6.     B Meyersfeld, ‘Introductory Note to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence’ in Introductory Legal Materials, American Society of International Law (May 2012) (invited to prepare paper; non-peer reviewed) (6 pages)

 

7.     B Meyersfeld, A Gender Perspective on the Relationship between Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law (to be published by conference organisers in 2013) (23 pages)

 

8.     Submission to the UN Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises, Submission By: Professor David Bilchitz (the University of Johannesburg and SAIFAC, South Africa); Juana Kweitel (Conectas Direitos Humanos, Brazil); and Professor Bonita Meyersfeld (the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) (2012) (2 pages).

 

9.     (Book) B Meyersfeld Domestic Violence in International Law Original publication in May 2010; Second edition published in May 2012. A copy of academic and peer reviews of the book are included as Annexure R, Annexure S and Annexure T. The book is being used as a teaching textbook at Harvard Law School by Professor Diane Rosenfeld in her course on gender and the law (international law component).

 

10.     B Meyersfeld, ‘If You Can See, Look: Domestic Partnerships, Marriage and the South African Constitutional Court’ (2011) Constitutional Court Review Vol 3 2011 (24 pages);

 

11.     B Meyersfeld, ‘Forced and Servile Marriage: A Proposal for Law Reform in the Commonwealth’ (2011) Commonwealth Law Bulletin 37:4 (16 pages);

 

12.     [Submitted] B Meyersfeld, ‘Taking a Gender Perspective: Human Rights, Business and Gender’ in AFLA Quarterly (Netherlands) (11 pages) (still awaiting publication);

 

13.     B Meyersfeld ‘Institutional Investment and Human Rights: The International Law Position’ L. Boulle (ed) Globalisation and Governance (2011) (SyberInk) (32 pages)

 

14.     Book Review: C Ryngeart (ed) The Effectiveness of International Criminal Justice in South African Journal on Human Rights Vol 27 Part 2 2011 (8 pages)

 

15.     B Meyersfeld, ‘Developments in International Law and Domestic Violence’ in INTERIGHTS Bulletin Volume 16 Number 3 2011 (4 pages) (invited to prepare paper; non-peer reviewed)

 

16.     B Meyersfeld, ‘Forced And Servile Marriage’ prepared at the request of the Legal Director and Principal Legal Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretary-General for the Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials: Sydney 11- 14 July 2011 (14 April 2011) (12 pages)

 

17.     B Meyersfeld et al, ‘Comments on the draft ‘Guiding Principles’ for the implementation of the ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ framework: Integrating a gender perspective’ (January 2011), submitted to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights (7 pages)

 

18.     The Gender, Business and Human Rights Reference Group (B Meyersfeld et al), Submission to the UN Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises (2011) (3 pages)

 

19.     B Meyersfeld, ‘Human Rights, Business and Gender’ (2011) in Advocating for a Gender Perspective, Centre for Human Rights Newsletter on Gender and Aid Effectiveness (3 pages)

 

20.     (Book) B Meyersfeld Domestic Violence in International Law (2010, Hart Publishing, Oxford).

 

21.     B Meyersfeld, ‘Written Submissions by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies on the Hon Dudley’s Legislative Proposal Pertaining to the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill’ (Presented to the Parliamentary Committee on Private Members’ Legislative Proposals and Special Petitions, 28 May 2010).

 

Conferences / Talks 2010 – 2012

 

South African

 

1.     August 2010: The Arato Conference at Wits School of Law: Paper entitled International Standards and Constitution-making (South Africa);

 

2.     September 2010: Wits School of Law Annual Academic Conference: Paper entitled Institutional Investment and International Human Rights Law (South Africa);

 

3.     September 2010: International Institute for Human Rights and Business Seminar on Land Acquisition, Business, and Human Rights in Johannesburg: Paper entitled Gender, Business and Human Rights (South Africa);

 

4.     September 2010: Invited by Legal Services Directorate of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to make a Presentation at Gauteng Provincial Child Justice Forum meeting on the establishment of a unique legal advice centre (South Africa);

 

5.     October 2010: Conference on Transjudicialism and International Law: African Perspectives and Experiences at the South African Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and NWU Faculty of Law: Paper entitled The Potential And Limitations Of Post-Conflict Prosecution Of Gender-Harm In Africa (South Africa);

 

6.     October 2010: Mandela Institute Conference on Governance and Globalisation: Paper entitled Institutional Investment and International Law Regulation. I also had ad hoc involvement in the organisation of the conference, its themes and invitees (South Africa);

 

7.     October 2010: Second International Law Conference on the Harmonisation of SADC Laws: Paper entitled Institutional Investment and SADC Business Laws;

 

8.     October 2010: University of Johannesburg, Law Faculty Seminar: Paper entitled Animal rights and the Law (South Africa);

 

9.     November 2010: International Alliance of Women, Annual Global Meeting, Panel member (together with the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Minister Thokozani Khupe): Paper entitled: Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights (South Africa);

 

10.     December 2010: The Constitutional Court Review Seminar at the South African Institute for Advanced Legal Studies: Paper entitled Domestic Partnerships and the Law: A Review of the Constitutional Court’s Jurisprudence (South Africa);

 

11.     December 2010: Invited to deliver a talk to the Gauteng Department of Economic Development: Paper entitled Domestic violence and the Law: 16 Days of Activism on Violence against Women (South Africa).

 

12.     March: UN Women Regional Experts Peer Review Meeting on CEDAW and Regional Women’s Human Rights Protocols Toolkit

 

13.     May 2011: Wits PDM in Humanitarian Law: Lecture An Introduction to International and International Humanitarian Law (Johannesburg);

 

14.     June 2011: Knowles Husain Lindsey (law firm): Talk on Business and Human Rights (Johannesburg);

 

15.     June 2011: Family Life Centre: Talk Domestic Violence Law in South Africa (Johannesburg);

 

16.     July 2011: African Legal Aid (AFLA) Seminar on Human Rights and Business: Paper entitled Business and Human Rights and Gender (Pretoria);

 

17.     August 2011: Joint-venture conference entitled ‘Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations’ co-hosted by the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria and the International Law Center of the Swedish National Defence College: Paper presented: A Gender Perspective on the Relationship between HRL and IHL (Pretoria);

 

18.     August 2011: JSE: Integrating ESG Investment Strategies in Portfolio Management: Presented paper: Frameworks for Implementing ESG Investment Strategies in Portfolio Management

 

19.     October 2011: Invited as international law expert by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to participate in the Roundtable Meeting on Draft Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol of the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (designed to inform the policy of DIRCO in relation to amendments of the African Court) (Pretoria);

 

20.     November 2011: Animal Law Conference, UNISA: Presented Paper: Non-Human Animals and the Law: The Fable of Power (Pretoria);

 

21.     January 2012: SAIFAC, University of Hong Kong and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung International Conference on The “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework: Charting a Future or Taking the Wrong Turn for Business and Human Rights?: Presented Paper: Taking A Gender Perspective (Johannesburg).

 

22.     January: UNISA Animals and the Law Conference: Paper entitled Non-Human Animals and the Law: The Fable of Power (Pretoria)

 

23.     January: SAIFAC / University of Johannesburg and University of Hong Kong Conference on Business and Human Rights After the Ruggie Framework: Paper entitled Business and Human Rights and Gender (Johannesburg);

 

24.     June: SAILIG (South African International Law Interest Group) Seminar: Presented paper on Due Diligence Principle in International Law (Stellenbosch);

 

25.     July: Wits Law School Conference: Presented (revised) paper on Due Diligence Principle in International Law (Wits);

 

26.     September: Limmud: Jewish Leadership Conference: Presented paper on defending women’s rights in Judaism in SA (Johannesburg);

 

International

 

1.     September 2010: Chatham House, International Law Discussion Group Formal Book Launch: Paper entitled State Responsibility for Systemic Intimate Violence (United Kingdom);

 

2.     November – December 2010: Workshop on International Criminal Law and Africa hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stigtung in Brussels and The Hague (International Criminal Court): Paper entitled The Rule of Law; Gender-Specific Harm and International Criminal Law in Africa (Brussels);

 

3.     February 2011: University of Zimbabwe Women’s Law Centre, Lecturer and supervisor in LLM programme (Harare); Presented paper Jurisprudential Justification of law against violence against women;

 

4.     April 2011: International Due Diligence Project (in support of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women) Expert General Meeting (attended in my capacity as the Lead Consultant Africa) (Boston);

 

5.     September 2011: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Meeting of the African Expert Study Group on International Criminal Law: Paper presented: Implementing the Rome Statute in Africa: Potential and problems of the prosecution of gender crimes in Africa in accordance with the Rome Statute (Brussels);

 

6.     May 2012: Columbia Law School and Columbia Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Seminar on Teaching Business and Human Rights: Presented on teaching Human Rights and the Marketplace in South Africa (NY via video conference);

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