About me

I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the North-West University, South Africa. In 2009, I did my doctorate on Compensation for Expropriation under the Constitution. On a professional level, I am interested in property law issues, especially in the land reform context and the overlap between customary law and common law notions of property rights.

I am particularly interested in the notions of justice that underlie the Constitution, and how legal interpretation can be used to concretise the values of the Constitution, in order to attain justice.

In doing all this, I try and find the human element in law and I like to ensure that legal rules make sense in the real world and how law can mediate the common ground. In my work, I am committed to ensuring that my research has an impact on the broader society in South Africa. For this reason, I have also started the blog.

When I am not busy with all this, I test theories of justice and property theories on my offspring and their struggles over scarce resources.

If you would like to get in contact, you can email me on elmien@lettersfromjoburg.com