Helen studied BA Honours (English Literature) and LLB at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, before coming to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She completed the BCL with distinction at Balliol College and is currently reading for the DPhil in Law under the supervision of Prof. Sandra Fredman. Her research considers the design of remedies for enforcing the state's positive duties in Human Rights. Helen is a Research Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, working extensively on projects relating to the right to education. During her time at Oxford, she has been a member of the OPBP executive committee and undertook an internship at UN Women in New York.

Languages: English, Afrikaans, German

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  • HM Taylor, 'Time to Move Beyond the Binary Divide? The Development of the Test to Distinguish Between Employees and Independent Contractors in South Africa, the UK and the US' (2012) Responsa Meridiana

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Research Interests

Human Rights Law; Constitutional and Administrative Law; Equality and Discrimination Law; Philosophy of Law

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