Our People

Lukas Muntingh

Lukas Muntingh is co-founder and Project Coordinator of Africa Criminal Justice Reform (ACJR), formerly the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI), as ACJR was known from 2003 until 2017.

He holds a PhD (Law) from UWC and an MA (Sociology) from Stellenbosch University. He has been involved in criminal justice reform since 1992 and was Deputy Executive Director of Nicro prior to joining UWC. He has worked in Southern and East Africa on child justice, prisoners’ rights, preventing corruption in the prison system, the prevention and combating of torture, and monitoring legislative compliance. He has published extensively and presented at several conferences. His current focus is on the prevention and combating of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners and detainees.

Julia Sloth-Nielsen

Julia Sloth-Nielsen was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2009  to 2013 at University of the Western Cape. She teaches children’s rights, international family law and child justice. She was a member of the project committee of the South African Law Commission which drafted the Child Justice Act 75 of 20078 and the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. She also has expertise in criminal justice and prisons.

She was elected to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the child in January 2011, and in November 2012 was elected 2nd vice chair. She has published Children’s Rights in African Context: A legal analysis (Ashgate 2008), and consulted widely to governments in eastern and southern Africa undertaking law reform with respect to children’s rights. She boasts more than 100 accredited articles and book chapters. She enjoys an A rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Jean Redpath

Jean Redpath joined ACJR  in September 2012. She has a PhD (Law) from the University of the Western Cape, an LLB and BSc from the University of Cape Town, and is an admitted attorney. Jean specialises in measuring the impact of policy and law through qualitative and quantitative research methods, and in measuring of criminal justice processes. 

Prior to joining CSPRI she worked as an independent consultant in criminal justice across Southern Africa and and in Eastern Europe. Jean has researched criminal justice trends in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Liberia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the socio-economic impact of pre-trial detention in Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia, as well as Ghana, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Her speciality is data analysis which informs policy development. 

Kristen Petersen 

Kristen Petersen is Researcher at ACJR and an admitted attorney (2009); she holds an LLB from the University of the Western Cape (2006) and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town (2011/2012).

Prior to joining CSPRI, she worked for the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services as the Assistant Director: Policy & Research focusing on conditions of incarceration and treatment of offenders in correctional facilities in South Africa. She also previously worked in the legal services department of the South African Human Rights Commission.

Tina Lorizzo

Tina Lorizzo is an ACJR Research Associate working in Lusaphone Africa. Tina holds an LLM in Criminal Justice from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a BA and LLB in Law from the University of Bologna, Italy. She is a Ph.D. candidate with the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa at UCT. Her current interests are in prison reform, victimology, police and policing and the dynamics between the justice system and customary law in Lusaphone Africa.

Her doctoral research focuses on the relationship between the state and its justice system with other mechanisms of conflict resolution. She also works on issues of pre-trial detention and the prohibition of torture and other ill- treatment. Tina has worked as a lawyer for the Institute for Legal Aid (Instituto Patrocinio e Assistência Jurídica, IPAJ) in Maputo, and is a founding member of REFORMAR (Research for Mozambique). She is fluent in Portuguese.

Janelle Mangwanda

Janelle Mangwanda is a researcher at ACJR and joined the team in January 2019. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Public Enterprises where she dealt with socio-economic issues. She has also worked as a Research Intern at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) under the Africa Institute of South Africa programme wherein she was involved in a number of projects.

Janelle attended Advanced Human Rights short courses offered by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria; and has also completed online courses focusing on human rights issues. In addition, she has participated and presented at a number conferences and seminars.

Janelle holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours degree) in International Relations and a Bachelor of Political Sciences (International Studies) degree from the same university.

Crystal Nitsckie

Crystal Nitsckie is the ACJR Project Administrator. Crystal joined the Dullah Omar Institute (formerly Community Law Centre) in June 2012 as a project administrator for both the Children's Right Project and ACJR (formerly CSPRI).

Previously she worked at the office of the Deputy Registrar and Secretariat at the University of the Western Cape as an Administrative Officer. Prior to this she worked at a number of law firms as a Legal Secretary after completing her Paralegal Studies at the South African School of Paralegal Studies in 2006.

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