Irenecrop

General Counsel

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Irene joined SERI as a senior legal researcher and general counsel in May 2015.  Irene is a practicing advocate, and before joining SERI she had a private practice with a focus on human rights litigation.  Irene's practice encompasses constitutional law, administrative law, refugee rights, property law and labour law. 

She holds an LLB & LLM (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria.  She also holds an LLM in Public International Law: International Human Rights (cum laude) from Leiden University, the Netherlands.  She has clerked for the former Chief Justice of South Africa, Mr Pius Langa and the Chief Justice of Kenya, Mr Willy Mutunga.   She also worked in an international pro-bono organisation that litigates in regional and international courts, with a focus on slavery and extraordinary rendition.  

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Selected cases litigated:

  • Arse v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (25/2010) [2010] ZASCA 9; 2010 (7) BCLR 640 (SCA) ; [2010] 3 All SA 261 (SCA); 2012 (4) SA 544 (SCA) (12 March 2010)
  • Fikre v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (2012 (4) SA 348 (GSJ)) [2011] ZAGPJHC 247; [2011] ZAGPJHC 36 (11 May 2011)
  • South African Human Rights Commission and Others v Minister of Home Affairs: Naledi Pandor and Others (41571/12) [2014] ZAGPJHC 198; 2014 (11) BCLR 1352 (GJ); [2014] 4 All SA 482 (GJ) (28 August 2014)
  • Bula and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (589/11) [2011] ZASCA 209; [2012] 2 All SA 1 (SCA); 2012 (4) SA 560 (SCA) (29 November 2011)
  • Aviation Union of South Africa and Another v South African Airways (Pty) Ltd and Others (CC) [2011] ZACC 39; 2012 (1) SA 321 (CC); 2012 (2) BCLR 117 (CC); [2012] 3 BLLR 211 (CC); (2011) 32 ILJ 2861 (CC) (24 November 2011)
  • The Citizen 1978 (Pty) Ltd and Others v McBride (CCT 23/10) [2011] ZACC 11; 2011 (4) SA 191 (CC); 2011 (8) BCLR 816 (CC) (8 April 2011)
  • Maphango and Others v Aengus Lifestyle Properties (Pty) Ltd (CCT57/11) (CC) [2012] ZACC 2; 2012 (3) SA 531 (CC); 2012 (5) BCLR 449 (CC) (13 March 2012)
  • Pheko and Others v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (CCT 19/11) [2011] ZACC 34; 2012 (2) SA 598 (CC); 2012 (4) BCLR 388 (CC) (6 December 2011)
  • Schubart Park Residents' Association and Others v City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Another (CCT 23/12) [2012] ZACC 26; 2013 (1) SA 323 (CC); 2013 (1) BCLR 68 (CC) (9 October 2012)
  • Sebola and Another v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd and Another (CCT 98/11) [2012] ZACC 11; 2012 (5) SA 142 (CC); 2012 (8) BCLR 785 (CC) (7 June 2012)
  • Todd v First Rand Bank Ltd and Others [2013] 3 All SA 500 (SCA)
  • City of Johannesburg v Changing Tides 74 (Pty) Ltd and Others (SCA) [2012] ZASCA 116; 2012 (6) SA 294 (SCA); 2012 (11) BCLR 1206 (SCA); [2013] 1 All SA 8 (SCA) (14 September 2012)
  • NEHAWU v MEC for Department of Health, Eastern Cape Province and Others (P118/2011; P125/2011; P127/2011) [2012] ZALCPE 9 (16 August 2012)
  • Escarpment Environment Protection Group and Another v Department of Water Affairs and Others, In Re; Escarpment Environment Protection Group and Another v Department of Water Affairs and Others (A666/11, 4333/12, 4334/12) [2013] ZAGPPHC 505 (20 November 2013)