About the Author

James Grant

B Proc LLB BA hons (psyc) PhD
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa – Johannesburg Bar
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

James has lectured and specialises in criminal law. He completed his psychology honours on the moral reasoning of Moses Sithole, South Africa’s most notorious serial killer, and continues this research presently. His PhD is entitled The Responsible Mind in South African Criminal Law and concerns an investigation of the foundation for the insanity plea and conditions for criminal responsibility more generally – in criminal law known as the requirement of voluntariness and criminal capacity.
Practice



He is most familiar with criminal law, but is comfortable and happy to litigate in any area of law, in particular:

  • criminal law;
  • administrative law;
  • constitutional law; and 
  • contract. 

He has been in practice for since Dec 2015. He assisted the state in the prosecution of Oscar Pistorius in the appeal, by the state, to the Supreme Court of Appeal – where the culpable homicide conviction of Mr Pistorius was successfully appealed and converted to one of murder (DPP, Gauteng v Pistorius [2015] ZASCA 204). He has also represented Radovan Krejcir in various appeals.

Teaching

He has lectured criminology, the law of delict, criminal procedure, and currently lectures criminal law and parts of the law of evidence course. He has published in the areas of psychological development, the law of delict, the law of evidence, and criminal law, and has addressed international conferences on the compatibility of determinism, neuroscience and criminal responsibility, and the effect of emotion on moral reasoning and criminal responsibility. He continues (in 2017)  to lecture Criminal law at Wits law School. 

Contact details

James.Grant@law.co.za

Mobile: 071 361 3710

For legal advice/representation – you will need to have an attorney contact James.

 

Acknowledgments:

I wish to thank Professor Andrew Paizes for his endless support and guidance.

I am also grateful to Alexander Beyleveld  and Isaac hUNJA Koimburi for their invaluable editorial assistance on this textbook project.

Publications in Peer-reviewed/DE Accredited Journals/Books (sorted by date)

1. James Grant ‘Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Reasoning’ In Developmental Psychology edited by D Hook, J Watts and K Cockroft (2002).
2. Chrisopher J. Roederer & (with James Grant) ‘Law of Delict’ In Annual Survey of South African Law (for 2000) 281-358 (2002).
3. Chrisopher J. Roederer & James Grant ‘Law of Delict’ In The Annual Survey of South African Law (for 2001) 317-90 (2003).
4. James Grant ‘Minister of Safety and Security v Ntamo and Others 2003 (1) SA 547 SCA: Was Justice Done?’ (2004) Obiter
5. Chrisopher J. Roederer & James Grant ‘Law of Delict’ In The Annual Survey of South African Law (for 2002) (2004).
6. James Grant ‘The Permissive Similarity of Legal Causation by Adequate Cause and Nova Causa Interveniens’ (2005) 122 SALJ
7. Chrisopher J. Roederer & James Grant ‘Law of Delict’ In The Annual Survey of South African Law (for 2003) 297-374 (2005).
8. James Grant ‘Determinism, Neuroscience, and Responsibility’ (2006) 2 International Journal of Law in Context 221-31.
9. James Grant ‘Criminal Law’ In The Annual Survey of South African Law (for 2005) (2007).
10. James Grant ‘The Double Life of Unlawfulness: Fact and Law’ (2007) 20 SACJ 1-16.
11. James Grant ‘Criminal Law’ In The Annual Survey of South African Law (for 2006) (2008).
12. David Zeffertt, Andrew Paizes & James Grant ‘Complaints in Sexual Offences’ (2008) 4 SALJ
13. James Grant ‘Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Reasoning’ In Developmental Psychology edited by J Watts and K Cockroft (2009) – revised.
14. James Grant ‘Defences under the Protection of State Information Bill: Unlawfulness and the demands of certainty’ (2012) 28 SAJHR
15. James Grant ‘Common Purpose: Thebus, Marikana and an Unnecessary Evil’ (accepted for publication by SAJHR, forthcoming (2014)) – .
16. Current Project: Online Criminal Law textbook – on this site.