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Associate Professor Debbie Collier

After obtaining an LLB degree, Debbie completed pupillage and later articles and practiced as an attorney in the Eastern Cape, specialising in Labour, Electronic and Property Law until 2001 when she joined the UCT Law Faculty as an assistant lecturer and IT co-ordinator. Debbie is currently Associate Professor in the Commercial Law Department and Deputy Dean: Postgraduate studies. Debbie is a member of the Institute of Development and Labour Law (IDLL) and serves on the editorial board of the Development and Labour Monograph Series, an IDLL publication and is an associate of the Labour and Enterprise Project. She is involved in the teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate law students, as well as students outside of the Law Faculty.

Debbie researches in the field of law and development and her PhD focused on law and development in the context of intellectual property law. Her current research interests lie in employment law and development, specifically in the context of workplace discrimination and equality law.



Business Law (Commerce)
Electronic Law (LLB)
Labour Law (LLB)
Labour Law (LLM

Publications (see CV for full list)

     Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters

  • Collier, D ‘Discrimination et égalité au travail en Afrique du Sud’ and an English translation (‘From apartheid to affirmative action: an overview of equality law in the South African Workplace’) published in 2015 in Revue de Droit comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité sociale (2015/2 and 2015/3).
  • Collier and Shaw ‘Gambling with industrial peace: non-disclosure of business information and the decision in National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers obo Mani & others v National Lotteries Board 2014 (3) SA 544 (CC) (2015) ILJ 2503-2515.
  • Collier and Benjamin ‘Chapter 9 Measuring labour market efficiency: indicators that fuel an ideological war and undermine social concern and trust in the South African regulatory process’ in Merry, Davis and Kinsgbury (eds) The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption and Rule of Law (2015) Cambridge University Press.
  • Fergus and Collier ‘Race and Gender Equality at Work: The Role of the Judiciary in Promoting Workplace Transformation’ (2014) SAJHR 484 – 507.
  • Collier, D and Bamu, P ‘Linking trade and labour: a promising synergy or a double-edged sword?’ in Le Roux, R and Rycroft (eds), A Re-inventing Labour Law: Reflecting on the first 15 years of the LRA and future challenges (2012) 326-347 (Juta).
  • Collier, D, ‘Technology and Law: Complex, Complacent and Complicit in Compromising development: A Case Study from the Developing South’ (2012) 21 Griffith Law Review 245-287.
  • Collier and Glazewski, Chapter 8 ‘Climate change and possible legal liability’ in Parnell, S; Oelofse, G; Cartwright, A; Price, P & Ward, S Climate Change at the City-scale: Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town (2012) Routledge 147-162.
  • Glazewski and Collier, Chapter 13 ‘South Africa’ in Jutta Brunnée, J; Goldberg, S; Lord, R QC; and Rajamani, L (2012) Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press) 319-348.
  • Collier, D ‘Employer negligence in the promotion process: when should the arbitrator intervene? A comment on SAPS v SSSBC, Robertson NO & Noonan’ (2011) Industrial Law Journal 2378-2384.
  • Collier, Idensohn and Adkins ‘Income inequality and executive remuneration: assessing the role of law and policy in the pursuit of equality’ (2010) 34 SAJLR 84 – 109.
  • Collier, D ‘If the unfair failure to promote is ongoing, should the employee’s claim prescribe? (2010) 31 ILJ 1575-1578.
  • Collier and Moitui ‘Africa’s regulatory approach to biotechnology in agriculture: an opportunity to seize socio-economic concerns’ (2009) 17 African Journal of International and Comparative Law 29-56.
  • Collier D, Chapter 21 ‘Machine-generated evidence and related matters’ in Schwikkard et al, Principles of Evidence (3nd edition), Juta, 2008 at 410-418.
  • Collier, D ‘Access to and control over plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in South and southern Africa: how many wrongs before a right?’ (2006) Vol 7 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology at 529 - 564.
  • Collier, D ‘Freedom of expression in Cyberspace: Real limits in a virtual domain’ (2005) Vol 16 Stellenbosch Law Review at 21 – 44.
  • Collier, D ‘The right to legal representation at the CCMA and at Disciplinary Enquiries’ (2005) Industrial Law Journal at 1 – 16.
  • Collier, D ‘The right to legal representation under the LRA’ (2003) April Industrial Law Journal at 753 – 770.
  • Collier, D ‘Workplace Privacy in the Cyber Age’ (2002) Vol 23 Industrial Law Journal at 1743 – 1759.


  • Massie and Collier with Crotty Executive Salaries in South Africa: Who should have a say on pay? (2014) (Jacana Media Pty Ltd)
  • Collier-Reed, D and Lehmann K (eds) Basic Principles of Business Law (revised 2009) (2nd ed 2010) (Butterworths LexisNexis)

     Recent Reports

  • ‘Future of Work Initiative: South Africa’, LEP and SLP, Report to the ILO, February 2017.
  • ‘A National Minimum Wage for South Africa’, NMW Panel Report to the Deputy President, November 2016.
  • Collier and Godfrey ‘Review of Labour Legislation in Lesotho: Issues Paper – June 2014’
  • South African Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper 131, Project 126, The Review of the Law of Evidence, 2015.
  • Glazewski and Collier ‘The law of delict and climate change: legal implications for City Council’ (2010/11) for City Council Climate Change Think-Tank, City of Cape Town, 1 -21.
  • Von Braun, Collier and Glazewski ‘The Blyde Hydro-Power Project: Ownership & Beneficiation Study’ (2010) for Natural Justice, Environmental NGO, 1 - 39.
  • Collier, DW ‘Opportunities for public participation: Maximising public influence’ (2006/07) for Biowatch, Environmental NGO, 1 - 45.

     Other Publications

  • Collier, D ‘Unlocking labour laws’ various columns in SA Labour Bulletin (2010-2013)
  • Collier, D and Idensohn, K ‘Negative growth and retrenchments: regulating work hours and executive remuneration’ Law Review (September 2009) at 11-13.
  • Collier, D W ‘e-Mail and SMS Contracts: Lessons from the Labour Court’ (2008) 16 Juta’s Business Law at 20-22.