Department of Jurisprudence

Mr T Phooko

College of Law
School of Law
Department: Jurisprudence
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 433 9517


  • United Nations Regional Course on International Law  for Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Diploma in Human Rights, University of North West (now North-West University, Mafikeng Campus)
  • LLB, University of North West (now North West University, Mafikeng Campus)
  • LLM, University of Notre Dame (United States of America)

Currently teaching

  • Research Literacy for Law
  • HIV/AIDS and the Law
  • Supervision of LLB and LLM students

Fields of academic interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • Comparative Law


Chapters in a book:

MR Phooko "Flaws in public procurement not synonymous with 'irregularities': A guide in determining irregularities that are sufficient to invalidate a contract" in Kirkegaard SM (ed) Law and Practice: Critical Analysis and Legal Reasoning 2013. 

MR Phooko and C Simbo The myth of public participation in the law-making process: A South African perspective in: The People Shall Govern: Public Participation Beyond Slogans, Deliberations of the International Conference on Public Participation, Hosted by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in Johannesburg, 2012.

Journal articles

  • Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko "Lessons for private colleges that offer non-accredited courses: EMIS v Health Professions Council of SA [2013] ZASCA 87" 2014 (7) International Journal of Private Law 367-375.
  • Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko and Freddy Mnyongani "When ancestors call an employee:  Kievits Kroon Country Estate (Pty) Ltd v Johanna Mmoledi and Others (JA 78/10)" 2013 (25) Mercantile Law Journal 606-618.
  • Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko "Homosexuality and privacy: Rep v Soko & Another under the magnifying glass" 2011 (5) Malawi Law Journal 55-74.
  • Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko "A critical analysis of the decision of the Constitutional Court in Maphango and Others v Aengus Lifestyle Properties (Pty) Ltd 2012 (3) SA 531 (CC)" 2012 (33) Obiter 702 - 718.
  • Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko "How effective the International Criminal Court has been: Evaluating the work and progress of the International Criminal Court" 2011 (1) Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law 182-209.
  • MR Phooko “Legal status of international law in municipal law of South Africa: Republic of Zimbabwe v Fick and Others (657/11) [2012] ZASCA 122” 2014 (3) African Journal of International and Comparative Law 399-419.
  • MR Phooko “What should be the form of public participation in the law-making process? An analysis of the South African cases” 2014 (1) Obiter 39-59.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional positions and awards:
Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa

Bursaries awarded:

  • Bursary from the James Smith Educational Trust for LLB studies
  • Bursary from the Attorneys Fidelity Fund for LLB studies
  • Bursary from the Ismail Mohamed Fellowship for LLB studies in the United States of America