Biography

Kate O'Regan obtained B.A. LL.B.  degrees from the University of Cape Town, an LLM from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D. from the University of London (the London School of Economics and Political Science). In the mid-1980s she practiced as a lawyer in Johannesburg in a variety of fields, but especially labour law and land law.  She represented many of the emerging trade unions and their members, as well as communities threatened with eviction under apartheid land laws.  In 1990, she joined the Faculty of Law at UCT where she taught a range of courses including race, gender and the law, labour law, civil procedure and evidence. 

She served as a judge of the Constitutional Court from 1994 – 2009.  Since her fifteen-year term of office ended in 2009, she has served as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia (from 2010) and Chairperson of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency and a breakdown in trust between the police and the community of Khayelitsha (2012 – 2014).

She also served as the inaugural chair of the United Nations Internal Justice Council from 2008 – 2012, a body established to ensure independence, professionalism and accountability in the internal system of justice in the United Nations. Since 2011, she has served as President of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (which determines disputes that arise between staff members of the Fund and the Fund), and since 2012, as a member of the World Bank Sanctions Board (which hears appeals concerning sanctions imposed in relation to corruption, fraud and collusion in procurement processes).

Professor O’Regan also serves as a member on the boards or advisory bodies of many NGOs working in the fields of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and equality, including Corruption Watch, the Equal Rights Trust, the Equal Education Law Centre and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.   She has also been closely involved in the development of SAFLII, a free-access-to-law website that reports judgments, and now legislation, from southern Africa.

Publications

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  • C O'Regan, 'Fidelity to Law: How Bram Fischer illuminates a perennial debate' (2017) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 1
  • C O'Regan and Madhav Khosla, 'Equality in Asia' in Tom Ginsburg and Rosalind Dixon (eds), Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Edward Elgar 2014)
    ISBN: 978 1 78100 269 8
  • C O'Regan, 'Tradition and Modernity: Adjudicating a Constitutional Paradox' (2014) Constitutional Court Review 105
    ISBN: 2073-6215
  • C O'Regan, '"The right to equality in the South African Constitution" Symposium in Honour of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg' (2013) Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law
    ISBN: 1062-6220
  • C O'Regan, '"A Forum for Reason: Reflections on the Role and Work of the Constitutional Court"' (2012) South African Journal on Human Rights
    ISBN: 0258-7203
  • C O'Regan, '"Text Matters: Some Reflections on the Forging of a new Constitutional Jurisprudence in South Africa"' (2012) Modern Law Review 1
    ISBN: 1468-2230
  • C O'Regan and Nick Friedman, 'Equality' in Tom Ginsburg and Rosalind Dixon (eds), Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar 2011)
    ISBN: 978 1 84844 539 0
  • C O'Regan and Edwin Cameron, 'Judges, Bias and Recusal in South Africa ' in H P Lee (ed), Judiciaries in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2011)
    ISBN: 978-0-521-19060-2
  • C O'Regan, '"Breaking Ground: Some thoughts on the seismic shift in our administrative law"' (2004) 121 South African Law Journal 424
    ISBN: 0258-2503
  • C O'Regan, '"The three R's of the Constitution: Responsibility, Respect and Rights"' (2004) Acta Jurídica 86
    ISBN: 07021 6737 1
  • C O'Regan, 'Cultivating a Constitution: Challenges facing the Constitutional Court' (2000) Dublin University Law Journal 1
    ISBN: 0332-3250
  • C O'Regan, '"Addressing the Legacy of the Past: Equality in the South African Constitution"' in Titia Loenen and Peter Rodrigues (eds), Non-Discrimination Law: Comparative Perspectives (Kluwer Law International 1999)
    ISBN: 90-411-1063-1
  • C O'Regan, '"Equality in Employment and the Limits of the Law: Symmetry and Individualism in Anti-Discrimination Law' (1994) Acta Jurídica 64
    ISBN: 0 7021 3315 9
  • C O'Regan, 'Rules for Rule-making: Administrative Law and Subordinate Decision-Making' (1993) Acta Jurídica
    ISBN: 0 7021 3047 8
  • Hugh Corder, Steve Kahanovitz, John Murphy and C O'Regan, A Charter for Social Justice: A contribution to the South African Bill of Rights Debate (Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town 1992)
    A draft Bill of Rights for post-apartheid South Africa drafted by a group of lawyers, both practicing and academic, with commentary on the draft Bills of Rights proposed by the African National Congress and the South African Law Commission.
    ISBN: 079921440X
  • C O'Regan, '"Contempt of Court and the Enforcement of Labour Injunctions"' (1991) Modern Law Review 385
    ISBN: 1468-2230
  • Christina Murray and C O'Regan, '"Putting Women into the Constitution"' in Susan Bazilli (ed), Putting Women on the Agenda (Ravan Press 1991)
    ISBN: 086975422X
  • C O'Regan, 'Workers' Participation in Corporate Decision-making' (1991) Acta Jurídica 113
    ISBN: 0 7021 2638 1
  • Christina Murray and C O'Regan (eds), No Place to Rest: Forced Removals and the Law in South Africa (Oxford University Press 1990)
    Between 1950 and 1985 more than 3.5 million South Africans were moved forcibly from their homes to further the policy of apartheid. This book contains a series of articles written by leading South African lawyers, both practitioners and academics, analysing the law under which these removals took place, as well as the litigation that was undertaken to resist these removals.
    ISBN: 0195705807
  • C O'Regan, '"No more forced removals? An historical analysis of the Prevention of Illegal Squatting Act' (1989) South African Journal on Human Rights 361
    ISBN: 0258-7203
  • C O'Regan, '"The development of private labour arbitration in South Africa: a review of the awards"' (1989) Industrial Law Journal (South Africa) 557
    ISBN: 0258-249X
  • C O'Regan, 'Interdicts Restraining Strike Action -- The Implications of the Labour Relations Amendment Act 1988' (1988) Industrial Law Journal (South Africa) 959
    ISBN: 0258-249X

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