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James Fowkes

James Fowkes completed his LLM at Yale Law School in 2009/10 as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to coming to the US, he was law clerk to Justice Van der Westhuizen of the South African Constitutional Court, taught constitutional law and moot court at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and was a researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, International, Human Rights and Public Law. Mr Fowkes received his law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating first in his class, and holds a BA in law, philosophy and English and an Honours degree in philosophy. A former national debating champion, in 2007 Mr Fowkes served as Chairman of the South African Schools Debating Board.

Fields of Academic Interest and Dissertation Project
Mr Fowkes studies comparative constitutional law, legal theory, legal history, institutional design and civil procedure, with a special focus on access to justice. He is currently writing a dissertation on the workings of the South African Constitutional Court and its approach to interpretation under the 1996 Constitution under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Ackerman.

Doctoral Committee
Prof. Bruce Ackerman (supervisor); Prof. Ian Shapiro (reader); Prof. Jed Rubenfeld (reader)

LLM (Yale Law School)
BA (Hons) LLB (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Contact Details
189 Bradley St., Apt. 2, New Haven, CT-06511, USA