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Director: Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape

Jaap de Visser (LLB, LLB, LLD) is Director of the University of the Western Cape’s Dullah Omar Institute (formerly: Community Law Centre), a research and advocacy unit focusing on democracy and human rights in Africa. He is a B2-rated scholar with South Africa’s National Research Foundation and co-author of the book Local Government Law of South Africa. His research, teaching and consulting focuses on multilevel government, local government, good governance and federalism in Africa and he has published widely on these topics. Prof De Visser has overseen and conducted research on multilevel government in South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. He has consulted for many national and international organisations, including the Independent Evaluation Group (Worldbank), UNHABITAT, Forum of Federations, GIZ, South Africa’s Department of Cooperative Government, the City of Cape Town and many other local authorities in South Africa. He was lead consultant on the Western Cape Land Use Planning Act of 2014 and was recently appointed by the UNDP to review Lesotho’s Local Government Act.


  • –present
    Director: Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Director: Dullah Omar Institute
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation