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Faculty Researcher of the Year - Law

Prof Joanna Botha

Prof Botha’s research focuses on the regulation of hate speech and hate crimes for the South African context.  The regulation of hate is an extremely topical, yet complex, area of the law, because of the competing interests at stake.  The tension between the rights to freedom of expression, dignity and equality, coupled with an appreciation of the background, the people involved and the intricacies of inter-group hatred, need to be delicately handled.  Her research aims to guide the processes needed to resolve a problem which threatens the integrity of our transformative constitutional project.

“Research matters, but unless you really care, you won’t change a thing … so research in a way that inspires others to join you.”