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Postdoctoral research fellow (Forensic Linguistics/ Language and Law), University of the Western Cape

Dr Zakeera Docrat is currently a Postdoctoral research fellow under the auspices of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), at the University of the Western Cape.

Dr Docrat is a forensic and legal linguist, researcher and author.

Qualifications include a: BA; BA Hons (cum laude); LLB, MA (cum laude); PhD from Rhodes University.

Dr Docrat's recent book publication (2021) is: A handbook on Legal Languages and the quest for linguistic equality in South Africa and beyond.

She is the vice-chairperson of the Indigenous Languages Action Forum and an international advisory board member for the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Rhodes University


  • 2019 
    Rhodes University , PhD
  • 2017 
    Rhodes University , MA (cum laude)
  • 2015 
    Rhodes University , LLB
  • 2013 
    Rhodes University , BA Honours (cum laude)
  • 2012 
    Rhodes University , BA

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists
  • Member of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa


2018 Women in Science Award: DST Albertina Sisulu Doctoral fellowship; 2018 ALASA award for the most outstanding MA thesis in Southern Africa in the area of African languages; 2018 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans (Justice and Law category); 2021 Sunday World and DSI Women in Science Award; 2021 Emerging Researcher Award African Languages Association of Southern Africa