Jackie Dugard co-founded SERI in January 2010 and was Executive Director of the organisation till December 2012. She is currently a senior a researcher at the organisation and sits on SERI's Board of Directors. Prior to founding SERI, Jackie was a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg between 2004 and 2009.
Jackie’s areas of expertise are socio-economic rights, socio-legal studies and access to basic services and justice for the poor. Jackie has a BA (Hons) in African Politics and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand; an MPhil in the Sociology and Politics of Development and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge; and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.
- Jackie Dugard, Asunción Lera St. Clair and Siri Gloppen (eds) (2013) Climate Talk: Rights, Poverty and Justice (Juta Law).
- Jackie Dugard, Tshepo Madlingozi and Kate Tissington (forthcoming, 2014) "Rights-Compromised or Rights-Savvy? The Use of Rights-Based Strategies to Advance Socio-Economic Struggles by Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African Shack-Dwellers’ Movement" in H Alviar García, K Klare and L Williams (eds) Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: A Critical Assessment (Routledge).
- Jackie Dugard and Kay Drage (2013) "To Whom Do The People Take Their Issues? The Contribution of Community-Based Paralegals to Access to Justice in South Africa" The Justice and Development Working Paper Series (Washington: The World Bank).
- Stuart Wilson and Jackie Dugard (2013) “Constitutional Jurisprudence: The First and Second Waves” in Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard and Tshepo Madlingozi (eds) Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Symbols or Substance? (Cambridge University Press).
- Jackie Dugard (2013) “Urban Basic Services in South Africa: Rights, Reality and Resistance” in Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard and Tshepo Madlingozi (eds) Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Symbols or Substance? (Cambridge University Press).
- Jackie Dugard and Anna Alcaro (2013) "Let's Work Together: Environmental and Socio-Economic Rights in the Courts" South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 29(1) pp. 14-31 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
- Jackie Dugard (2013) "Courts and structural poverty in South Africa: To what extent has the Constitutional Court expanded access and remedies to the poor?" in Daniel Bonilla Maldonado (ed) Constitutionalism in the Global South: The Activist Tribunals of India, South Africa, and Colombia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
- Jackie Dugard, Jennifer MacLeod and Anna Alcaro (2012) “A Rights-Based Examination of Residents’ Engagement with Acute Environmental Harm across Four Sites on South Africa’s Witwatersrand Basin” Social Research Vol. 79, No. 4 (2012) pp. 931-956.
- Stuart Wilson and Jackie Dugard (2011) "Taking Poverty Seriously: The South African Constitutional Court and Socio-Economic Rights" Stellenbosch Law Review.
- Jackie Dugard and Malcolm Langford (2011) “Art or Science: Synthesising Lessons from Public Interest Litigation and the Dangers of Legal Determinism”, first published in the special issue of the South African Journal on Human Rights on Public Interest Litigation vol. 27 pp. 39-64 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
Jackie Dugard and Nthabiseng Mohlakoana (13 May 2011) "More Work for Women: A Rights-Based Analysis of Women's Access to Basic Services in South Africa" in Beth Goldblatt & Kirsty Mclean (eds) Women's Social and Economic Rights Developments in South Africa (Juta).
Jackie Dugard (March 2011) "Choice from No Choice; Rights for the Left? The State, Law and the Struggle against Prepayment Water Meters in South Africa"in S C Motta and A G Nilsen (eds) Social Movements in the Global South: Dispossession, Development and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan).
Jackie Dugard (June 2010) "Civic action and the legal mobilisation: The Phiri water meters case" in Jeff Handmaker and Remko Berkhout (eds) Mobilising Social Justice in South Africa: Perspectives from Researchers and Practitioners pp 71-99 (The Hague: ISS and Hivos).
Jackie Dugard (April 2010) "Can Human Rights Transcend the Commercialization of Water in South Africa? Soweto’s Legal Fight for an Equitable Water Policy”, Review of Radical Political Economics vol. 42 p. 175.
Jackie Dugard and Nthabiseng Mohlakoana (2009) “More Work for Women: A Rights-Based Analysis of Women’s Access to Basic Services in South Africa” first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 25(3) pp. 546-572 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
Jackie Dugard (2009) “Rights, Regulation and Resistance: The Phiri Water Rights Campaign”, first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 24(3) pp. 593-611 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
Jackie Dugard (2009) “Courts and the poor in South Africa: A critique of systemic judicial failures to advance transformative justice”, first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 24(2) pp. 214-238 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
Jackie Dugard (2008) “Power to the People?: A rights-based analysis of South Africa’s electricity policy framework” in David Macdonald (ed) Electric Capitalism: Recolonizing Africa on the Power Grid pp. 264-287 (Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council).
Patrick Bond and Jackie Dugard (2008) “Water, Human Rights and Social Conflict: South African Experiences”, Law, Social Justice and Global Development vol. 1.
Jackie Dugard (2007) “Judging the Judges: Towards an appropriate role for the judiciary in South Africa’s transformation”, Leiden Journal of International Law vol. 20(4) pp. 237-253.
Jackie Dugard (2006) “Court of First Instance?: Towards a Pro-Poor Jurisdiction for the South African Constitutional Court”, first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 22(2) pp. 261-282 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
Jackie Dugard and Theunis Roux (2006) “The record of the South African Constitutional Court in providing an institutional voice for the poor: 1995-2004” in Roberto Gargarella, Pilar Domingo & Theunis Roux (eds) Courts and Social Transformation in New Democracies: An Institutional Voice for the Poor? pp. 107-125 (London: Ashgate Press).
Makubetse Sekhonyane and Jackie Dugard (2004) “A violent legacy: The taxi industry and government at violent loggerheads”, South African Crime Quarterly vol. 10 pp. 13-18.