Study Abroad Programs

Cape Town, South Africa


Professor Rod Uphoff

University of Missouri

Rodney J. UphoffRodney J. Uphoff is the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law. From 2002-2005, he served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri. In 2005, Uphoff was selected by UM President Elson Floyd to be the Director of the University of Missouri South African Education Program, a program in which all four Missouri campuses participate in a partnership with the University of the Western Cape. Prior to joining the Missouri faculty in 2001, Uphoff taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as a Professor and Director of Clinical Legal Education. At Oklahoma, Professor Uphoff ran a criminal defense clinic for 10 years. From 1984-1988 Uphoff directed a criminal clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before he began teaching law, Professor Uphoff was a public defender including serving as the Chief Staff Attorney of the Milwaukee Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender. He also worked for Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown in Milwaukee, concentrating in personal injury and products liability litigation. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Law with honors in 1976 and has a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics.

Rod Uphoff and his classProfessor Uphoff has written numerous articles on criminal defense practice, the delivery of indigent defense services, and ethical issues facing those involved in the criminal justice system. In 1995, he edited a book for the ABA entitled Ethical Problems Facing the Criminal Defense Lawyer. He was appointed by Governor Frank Keating in 1995 to the Oklahoma Indigent System Board which oversees the operation of Oklahoma’s public defender program in all counties except for Tulsa and Oklahoma County. He frequently speaks at conferences across the country on criminal defense ethics and trial advocacy and has participated many times as a faculty member at Harvard University’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Professor Uphoff was one of the attorneys appointed to represent Terry Nichols in Oklahoma state court. Nichols was convicted of 160 murders based on his involvement in the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, but did not receive the death penalty.

Since 2004, Professor Uphoff has served as the on-site director of the South Africa Study Abroad Program. He has travelled often to Cape Town and other parts of South Africa since 2002.

Professor Amy Schmitz

University of Missouri

Amy SchmitzProfessor Amy J. Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz was in private practice with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age, Major Research Projects, Secured Transactions, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumers and the Law (service learning). Her current research explores online dispute resolution in varied exchange contexts, with special focus on consumer claims and means for consumers to obtain remedies. She also has been active in recent debates regarding consumer protection more generally, consumer arbitration and contracting behavior, and is often an invited speaker on these topics.

Recent speaking engagements include events at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.; University of Leicester in England; University of Ghent in Belgium; Stanford Law School; University of Arizona Law School; Pepperdine Law School; University of California Hastings; Loyola in Chicago; Wake Forest University; Fordham University; Penn State; and American Bar Association Meetings. She also serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Related Consumer Law, and has been an Amici in several United Supreme Court cases involving arbitration. She also has taught in Paris and in England, and has been an expert and liaison for the United Nations working group seeking to create a global online mechanism for resolution of e-contract disputes.

Professor Schmitz’s outreach work involves various projects, including production of a consumer film (“Fine Print Foils”), a non-profit consumer outreach website and companion app, and various service-learning courses. Her most recent service-learning projects have led to a consumer empowerment blog and free public seminars on pressing consumer issues through a joint project with the Boulder County (Colo.) Community Services. This work aimed to provide the public with valuable information while inspiring the student presenters from Professor Schmitz’s Consumers and the Law classes to gain deeper understandings of consumer and contract law “in action.” Students in Professor Schmitz’s service learning classes at the University of Colorado also created written materials and presentations covering consumer topics.

Dean Julia Sloth-Nielsen

University of the Western Cape

Prof Julia Sloth-NielsenProf Julia Sloth-Nielsen is the former Dean of the University of the Boston Cape. She is one of Africa’s leading experts on children’s rights, and has published widely. She also is a former prosecutor and has worked on prison reform issues. She teaches international family law and children’s rights modules in the LLM programme.

Professor Patricia Lenaghan

University of the Western Cape

Patricia Michelle LenaghanPatricia Michelle Lenaghan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence where she teaches Constitutional Law. She has developed teachings on European Union Law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

In her teaching on European Union Law she has focused on the external relations of the EU especially with due regard to the EU/ACP relationship and the EU/SA relationship. She has a BLC LL. B from the University of Pretoria and a LL.M. (cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape. The focus of her Master’s thesis is the role of Geographic Indicators as Brand Names with specific reference to the relationship between the European Union and South Africa. She is currently registered for her Doctor Legum at the University of the Western Cape focussing on the right to freedom of religion and the limitation thereof in a diverse society.

She has written on the field of European Community Law, the Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement entered into between the European Union and South Africa as well as the impact of Trade and Globalisation on the Developing World. She has published in local and international journals. Significant conference outputs include the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (Naroibi 2007), the Tenth Annual LatCrit Conference LAT CRIT (Bogotâ, Colombia, 2006) and the LatCrit X Critical Approaches to Economic In/Justice? (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2005)

In addition to her academic interests, she is a non-practising attorney, notary and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa and practised as such for sometime in Gauteng.

Monique Prinsloo

University of the Western Cape

Monique PrinslooMs Monique Prinsloo is an associate lecturer in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Faculty of Law. She teaches various subjects to third year and final year law students. She has taught the following subjects: Law of Things, Law of Contract and Law of Insolvency. She has also been involved with the Study Abroad Program since 2014, where she co-teaches Comparative Dispute Resolution.

She obtained her LLB in 2013 from UWC, her first LLM (Dispute Resolution) in 2014 from the University of Missouri and her second LLM (Labour Law) in 2015 from UWC.

She is currently drafting a research proposal towards the completion of a LLD whilst teaching within the Faculty of Law, UWC.