Department of Criminology and Security Science

Prof MI Schoeman

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Criminology and Security Science
Tel: 012 433 9491


  • DPhil (social work) - Univeristy of Pretoria 

Currently teaching

  • HRCMY81 – Research report in criminology
  • HMCMY80 – Applied research methodology in criminology

Fields of academic interests

  • Research methodology
  • Research ethics

Field of Specialisation

  • Child Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Research ethics


  • Schoeman, M. 2012. Working with Victims of Crime. Holtzhausen, L. (ed) Criminal Justice Social Work: a South African Practice Framework. Cape Town: Juta. ISBN: 9780702189111
  • Schoeman, M. 2012. Working with Addicted and Substance-Abusing offenders.  Holtzhausen, L. (ed) Criminal Justice Social Work: a South African Practice Framework. Cape Town: Juta. ISBN: 9780702189111
  • Schoeman, M & Haefele, B. 2013. Piracy and Organised Crime at Sea: Following the Money Trail. Mejia, M.Q., Kojima, C. & Sawyer, M. (Eds.) Piracy at Sea. WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs, Vol. 2. Heidelberg: Springer. ISBN: 9783642396205
  • Schoeman, M. 2013. The African concept of Ubuntu and Restorative Justice. Gavrielides, T & Artinopoulou, V (Eds) Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy. Ashgate. ISBN: 9781409470724
  • Schoeman, M 2014. Restorative Justice in Practice. Herbig, F.J.W. Contemporary Criminological Issues: A Practical Guide. Oxford Press. ISBN: 9780199078738

Journal articles

  • Hesselink-Louw, A & Schoeman, M.I. 2003 The treatment of incarcerated sex offenders in South Africa: an perspective. ACTA Criminologica. 16(1):158—173
  • Schoeman M. 2010. Prevention of youth violence – what is learned can be unlearned. The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. 11(2) 9-20
  • Schoeman M. 2010. Recidivism: A conceptual and operational conundrum. Acta Criminologica. CRIMSA Conference Special Edition. 1 80-94.
  • Schoeman M.I. 2011. Babies Behind Bars –Hidden victims of policy and practice. Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal 12(2)
  • Schoeman. M.I. 2012 A philosophical view of social transformation through restorative justice teachings – a case study of traditional leaders in Ixopo, South Africa Phronimon 13(2)
  • Schoeman, M.I & Haefele, B. 2012 Organised crime at sea: Lessons learned from the Choizil highjacking. Acta Criminologica 25(2) 25-36
  • Schoeman, M.I & Haefele, B. 2013 The relation between piracy and kidnapping for ransom. Insight on African Journal. A Journal of Contemporary African Affairs  5(2)
  • Schoeman, M & Thobane, S.M. 2015 Practitioners’ perspectives about the successes and challenges in the implementation of the Child Justice Act. Acta Criminologica 28(3), 34-49.
  • Schoeman, M 2016 Perceptions about Justice: A South African Youth Perspective. Acta Criminologica 29(1), 33-46.
  • Schoeman, M 2016 Determining the age of criminal capacity – are current practices in the best interest of children in conflict with the law? ISS Crime Quarterly 57, 35-42.

Paper presentations

  • Schoeman M Gangs – Rebels with a cause The York Deviancy Conference 29 June – 1 July 2011 York, United Kingdom
  • Schoeman M and Häefele B  Piracy: organised crime at sea - following the money trail International Conference on Piracy at Sea World Maritime University 17 – 19 October 2011 Malmo Sweden
  • Schoeman M Social Transformation through restorative justice processes – A case study of Traditional Leaders in Ixopo International Symposium on the Philosophy on Restorative Justice & Human Rights 2 – 7 June 2012 Skopelos Island, Greece
  • Schoeman M An analysis of the role that MIT research can play in the prevention of juvenile crime and violence Multi-Inter-Transdisciplinary (MIT) Research International Conference 13 – 15 August 2012 Magaliesburg, South Africa
  • Thobane S and Schoeman M  Successes and challenges since the implementation of the Child Justice Act no 75 of 2008 - A practitioner perspective CRIMSA Biennial Conference - Exploring the nexus between research and application in Criminology & Criminal Justice 17-20 September 2013 Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Schoeman M Exploring the paradox of power within the context of restorative justice 2nd International Symposium on Restorative Justice - Race and Power 22 – 27 June 2014 Skopelos Island, Greece
  • Schoeman M Thinking outside of the box about justice First International Conference on Child Justice and Children’s Rights 10 – 12 September 2014 Pretoria South Africa
  • Schoeman M Exploring the relevance of indigenous justice practices through the intersection between ubuntu philosophies and restorative justice 1 – 2 October 2014 Magaliesberg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Child Justice and Diversion in South Africa, Centre for Child and Law, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
  • Exploring questions about restorative versus retributive justice. National School of Law, Bangalore, Indian Law Institute, Delhi, India
  • Law and Justice – Exploring questions about justice and fairness, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Delhi India
  • Combating Hate Crimes and Xenophobia through Restorative Justice, The School of Orient and African Studies, University of London, London (Panel discussion)
  • College of Accounting Sciences M&D Boot camp 18 - 21 July 2016 – Ethics and plagiarism
  • Fundamentals of Research Ethics Governance 31 March 2017 – Community engaged research ethics governance
  • What is Community Engaged Research and Ethics and the community engagement perspective 26 September 2018 – Community Engaged Research Ethics Workshop.


  • Women in Research Grant - A cross-national analysis of youth justice in South Africa and India 2017 - 2019