James Fowkes: Post-doctoral Fellow


Dr James Fowkes is a Senior Researcher, Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. James Fowkes completed his LLM (2010) and JSD (2014) at Yale Law School, where he was a Fulbright and Skye Foundation scholar. His doctoral dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Ackerman, presents a revisionary account of the South African Constitutional Court, its approach to interpretation and its relationship with the ANC since 1994.  In 2008, James was law clerk to Justice Van der Westhuizen of the South African Constitutional Court, and in 2009 taught constitutional law and moot court at the University of the Witwatersrand and was a researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, International, Human Rights and Public Law (SAIFAC). Prior to coming to the Institute, James was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, and at the Max Planck Institution for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. A former national debating champion, in 2007 Mr Fowkes served as Chairman of the South African Schools Debating Board.

Research interests: Comparative constitutional and administrative law; international humanitarian law and peacekeeping; legal theory; legal history; institutional design and civil procedure with a special focus on access to justice