Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town

Jameelah Omar is a lecturer in the Public Law Department at the University of Cape Town. She holds an LLB and LLM in criminal justice from the University of Cape Town. Her undergraduate teaching interests are Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law and her primary research interests are procedural and evidential aspects of sexual offences and the criminal justice system’s response to civil disobedience and protest action. She is the convenor of the undergraduate course in Criminal Procedure and co-convenor of Criminal Law, and convenes a final year research seminar Criminal Justice and the Constitution. After graduating with her LLB, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Criminology, UCT while completing her LLM in criminal justice. She then completed her articles at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Incorporated in Johannesburg. As a practicing attorney, she formed part of the Rule of Law Programme at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in prisoners’ rights, particularly remand detainees, and access to information. While at Wits, she was part of the Inquiry team into Sexual Harassment at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is also a co-author of the Report published in relation thereto.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Cape Town, LLM