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portrait of Jean Wilke

Jean Wilke

Research Assistant

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

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Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Jean Wilke holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing her studies, she joined the Constitutional Court of South Africa where she clerked for Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo. In 2010, Jean was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study her Masters of Law at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Upon completion of her Masters of Law, Jean returned to the Constitutional Court and clerked for Chief Justice Ngcobo until he retired. Thereafter, Jean worked as the Legal Advisor for the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. Jean has always had an interest in the legal academic field. Therefore, in 2009, 2012 and 2013, Jean was a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Law Faculty, University of Cape Town where she tutored Constitutional Law, Property Law and the Law of Persons and Family.

In 2012, Jean was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. In 2014, she was called to the Cape Bar where she completed her pupillage and became an Associate Academic member. From 2015, Jean was a lecture in the Private Law Department at the University of Cape Town. She convened and taught the Law of Succession, Civil Procedure, the Law of Persons and Family and Business Law. Part of her responsibilities in the Law Faculty included coaching the Moot Court Competition Teams which placed first and second in regional and national competitions.

Jean’s research interests include Comparative Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, African Customary Law, Wills and Estates.


  1. Master of Laws, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Jan – Dec 2010
  2. Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Jan 2003 – Dec 2007
  3. Bachelor of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Jan 2003 – Dec 2005


  1. Research Assistant, City, University of London, Jun 2020 – present
  2. Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Jan 2015 – Jul 2020
  3. Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Self-employed, Dec 2012 – present
  4. Tutor, University of Cape Town, Feb 2012 – Dec 2013
  5. Legal Advisor, Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Aug 2011 – Jan 2012
  6. Clerk to the Chief Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Oct 2010 – Jul 2011
  7. Tutor, University of Cape Town, Jan – Dec 2009
  8. Clerk to the Chief Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Jan – Dec 2008


Afrikaans (can read, write, speak and understand spoken), English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and French (can read).


Geographic Areas

  • Africa - Southern


Conference paper/proceedings

  1. Wilke, J. (2012). The Right to Privacy and Drug-Testing in Sport in South Africa: Can an Infringement and a Limitation of the Right be Reasonable and Justified? South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport and The Institute of Development and Labour Law (UCT) Colloquium 2 July, Bloemfontein.

Journal articles (2)

  1. Wilke, J. and Osman, F. (2018). Dress Codes in Schools: A Tale of Headscarves and Hairstyles. Obiter, 39(3), pp. 585–603.
  2. Wilke, J. (2013). The right to privacy and drug-testing in sport in South Africa: Could the New Zealand case of Cropp v Judicial Committee provide some guidance? Obiter, 34(1), pp. 49–63.


  1. Wilke, J. (2019). Book Note: Honoré’s South African Law of Trusts, Edwin Cameron, Marius de Waal & Peter Solomon.