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Professor of Legal Pluralism, Religious Family Laws, and Human Rights, University of Cape Town

Waheeda Amien is a professor of law at the University of Cape Town. She holds a BA LLB (Cape Town) LLM (Western Cape) PhD (Ghent). She also holds a C2 National Research Foundation (NRF) rating. Prof. Amien specialises in legal pluralism, religious family laws, freedom of religion, and gender equality. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a family law mediator. She teaches two master's courses in 'International Protection of Human Rights' and 'Human Rights, Legal Pluralism, Religion and Culture' and a module on 'Interpretation of Statutes' in the undergraduate LLB course Foundations of South African Law. She further supervises numerous PhD and master's theses. Prof. Amien is a member of the advisory committee of the South African Law Reform Commission Project 100E on the Review of Aspects of Matrimonial Property Law, a member of the executive body of the international Commission on Legal Pluralism, and a member of the steering committee of the International Network of Scholars Researching Unofficial Marriages. She publishes in her area of expertise and has provided expert opinions to a range of South African and international entities including South African and international law firms and human rights organisations, the United Nations Expert on Minority Issues, the South African Commission on Gender Equality, and the Presidency of South Africa.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Law, University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Associate Professor in Law
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation