Nick completed his first degree in economics at the University of Cape Town, and subsequently tutored economics courses across the undergraduate spectrum for three years. After graduating from his LLB, Nick worked as a research clerk for Justice O’Regan at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for 18 months, during which time he also completed his LLM (by dissertation) on legal theory and human rights.

Nick has previously been involved in work with educational and development projects in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. He has conducted research on socio-economic rights and social justice issues for a variety of NGOs (including field work for a World Bank survey on socio-economic rights) and co-founded Students for Law and Social Justice.

Nick came to Oxford in 2009 as a Rhodes Scholar, and is currently reading for an M.Phil/D.Phil in Law. His research explores the relationship between legal theory and legal sociology, using empirical research to question the core claims of positivist legal theory, as well as to question the aims and methodologies of legal theory in general.


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  • Friedman and K O?Regan, 'Equality' in R Dixon, T Ginsburg (ed), Research Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd 2011)
  • Friedman and D Cornell, 'The Significance of Dworkin?s Non-Positivist Jurisprudence for Law in the Post-Colony' (2010) 4 Malawi Law Journal 1


Research Interests

Legal Theory; Law and Society; Public International Law; Human Rights; Invesment Law; Moral and Political Philosophy

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