The Hague Colloquium on the Future of Legal Identity

Civil Registration Centre for Development, The Hague and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg

Jonathan Klaaren

School of Law and WISER, University of the Witwatersrand

Jonathan Klaaren teaches, researches, and writes at the University of the Witwatersrand in the areas of human rights, law, and sociology, having written over forty peer-reviewed publications and co-written several books, including on the South African right of access to information which has to some extent transformed South African law. Klaaren also has written on the overlap of national security and the right to information. His early research also encompassed the field of migration, where he researched the current status and interaction of laws of registration, identity, citizenship and migration throughout Southern Africa. He has supervised 8 doctoral dissertations and 5 at masters level. His current research interests are in the legal profession, regulation and human rights, transparency, and sociolegal studies in Africa. He has served on a number of editorial committees and boards including those of the South African Journal on Human Rights, Law & Society Review, and Law & Policy. He holds a Phd in sociology from Yale University, having argued that South African citizenship developed in the early 20th century primarily through the regulation of the mobility of the Asian population as much as if not more than the European and African populations. Klaaren, 2004. Klaaren holds professional law degrees from Wits and Columbia, served as the Director of the Mandela Institute from 2005 to 2007 and as Dean of the Wits Law School from 2010 to 2013. Beyond the Law School, he holds an additional appointment as a Visiting Professor with WiSER in the Faculty of Humanities.