Study Abroad Programs

Cape Town, South Africa


Professor Rod Uphoff

University of Missouri

Rodney J. UphoffRodney J. Uphoff is first Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor 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 four 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. He teaches Trial Practice, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure and Criminal Litigation Skills.

2013 will mark the nineth year 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.

Dean Rafael Gely

University of Missouri


Rafael GelyRafael Gely joins the faculty after 18 years of teaching, including academic positions at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, Chicago-Kent College of Law and most recently at the University of Cincinnati, where he served as the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law.

Professor Gely earned his JD and PhD in labor and industrial relations at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. His scholarship reflects his interdisciplinary academic training. His research, which primarily focuses on the regulation of labor markets, incorporates a variety of theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches, drawing from the expertise of co-authors in a wide range of disciplines.

Professor Gely has published more than 40 articles in nationally and internationally recognized academic journals, including the Rand Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, the Texas Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. Professor Gely has received various scholarship awards including the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers’ Eisenberg Prize for his recent article in the Wisconsin Law Review, “The Supreme Court and DIGs: An Empirical and Institutional Analysis” (co-authored with Professor Michael Solimine).

At the University of Missouri School of Law, Professor Gely teaches courses in employment law, labor arbitration and labor law, among others.

Dean Julia Sloth-Nielsen

University of the Western Cape


Prof Julia Sloth-NielsenProf Julia Sloth-Nielsen was appointed Dean in January 2009. She is an expert on children’s rights, and has published widely. 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.

Professor Ivan Rugema

University of the Western Cape


Ivan Rugema Ivan Rugema is a Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure where he lectures Introduction to Advocacy and Criminal Law. Mr. Rugema holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) summa cum laude, a Master of Laws in dispute resolution, as well as, a Master of Laws in International Trade and investment law.