Deirdre
Smythe

Afrikaans, English

Willing to Travel

Short Bio

Dee Smythe is a professor of law at the University of Cape Town. She has extensive research administration experience including in matters involving university-community and inter-university relationships, research contracts, donor and research grant management, ethics, and authorship. As an international expert on sexual violence and sexual harassment, Dee has advised schools, universities and civil society organisations, and has reviewed and designed policies and processes for dealing with these complex matters. Based on her experience chairing a range of disciplinary and grievance matters, many of which had been brewing and compounding for years since the initial dispute started, Dee believes strongly in the value of skilled, early intervention to manage disputes. Dee has run a number of university-based research units and been a Principal Investigator on complex, multi-institution, multi-partner and multi-country studies. She was the founding Director of the Centre for Law & Society, served from 2016-2018 as Deputy Dean for Research in the UCT Law Faculty and between 2017-2020 as interim NRF SARChI Chair in Security and Justice. Dee has BA and LLB degrees from UCT and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Stanford Law School. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape and the Women’s Legal Centre. Away from the office, Dee takes a keen interest in football development, mildly obsessing about the Amajimbos, Amajita and South African youth football structures in general. Most Saturdays will find her on the side of a football field watching local academy teams play.

Practice Areas

  • Community and peace making
  • Defamation
  • Dispute System Design
  • Education/Schools
  • Electoral/IEC
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Human Rights/Constitutional
  • Governmental
  • Service Delivery
  • Safety and security
  • Workplace

Fees

  • R 800 / per hour
  • R 4 000 / per half day
  • R 8 000 / per full day
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