Stuart Wilson is SERI's co-founder and former executive director. He is a practicing advocate, a Member of the Johannesburg Bar, and a member of Thulamela Chambers. Prior to joining the Bar and SERI, Stuart ran the Litigation Unit at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).
Stuart has been responsible for litigating many of the leading socio-economic rights cases to come before the courts in recent years. He appears regularly at all levels of the courts system. His practice encompasses constitutional law, administrative law, defamation, property law, labour law and criminal defence work. He has particular expertise in land and housing law.
Stuart holds a Master of Arts degree (in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from the University of Oxford. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (with distinction) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a part-time lecturer and Visiting Adjunct Professor at Wits Law School. Stuart also writes and publishes on constitutional law, property law and the intersection between law and society. Stuart has also served as an Acting Judge of the High Court.
Book Chapters and Journal Articles:
- Stuart Wilson (2020) “The Right to Adequate Housing” in Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Deniala Ikawa and Lillian Chenwi (eds) Research Handbook on Economic and Social Rights as Human Rights (Edward Elgar Publishing).
- Stuart Wilson (2018) “Making Space for Social Change: Pro-Poor Property Rights Litigation in Post-Apartheid South Africa” in Jason Brickhill (ed) Public Interest Litigation in South Africa (Juta).
- Jackie Dugard with Michael Clark, Kate Tissington and Stuart Wilson (2017) The Right to Housing in South Africa (Foundation for Human Rights Position Paper Series).
- Stuart Wilson, Jackie Dugard, Michael Clark (2015) “Conflict Management in an era of Urbanisation: Twenty Years of Housing Rights in the Constitutional Court” South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 31(3) pp. 472-503.
- Stuart Wilson (2014) "Curing the Poor: State Housing Policy in Johannesburg after Blue Moonlight" Constitutional Court Review vol. 5 pp. 279-295.
- Stuart Wilson and Jackie Dugard (2013) “Constitutional Jurisprudence: the first and second waves” in Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins, Jackie Dugard and Tshepo Madlingozi (eds) Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa: Symbols or Substance? (Cambridge University Press).
- Julian Brown and Stuart Wilson (2013) "A Presumed Equality: State and Citizen in Post Apartheid South Africa" African Studies vol. 72(1) pp 86 - 106.
- Stuart Wilson and Jackie Dugard (2011) "Taking Poverty Seriously: The South African Constitutional Court and Socio-Economic Rights" Stellenbosch Law Review.
- Stuart Wilson (2011) "Planning for Inclusion in South Africa: The State's Duty to Prevent Homelessness and the Potential of 'Meaningful Engagement'" Urban Forum vol. 22(3).
- Stuart Wilson (2011) "Litigating Housing Rights in Johannesburg's Inner City: 2004-2008", first published in the special issue of the South African Journal on Human Rights on Public Interest Litigation vol. 27 pp. 127-151 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
- Stuart Wilson (2009) "Breaking the Tie: Evictions, Homelessness and the New Normality" South African Law Journal vol. 126(2) pp. 270-290.
- Stuart Wilson (2006) "Judicial Enforcement of the Right to Protection from Arbitrary Eviction: Lessons from Mandelaville" first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 22(4) pp. 535-562 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
- Stuart Wilson (2004) "Taming the Constitution: Rights and Reform in the South African Education System" first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 20(3) pp. 418-447 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
- Stuart Wilson (2001) "The Myth of Restorative Justice: Truth, Reconciliation and the Ethics of Amnesty" first published in the South African Journal on Human Rights vol. 17(4) pp. 531-562 © Juta & Co (access the Juta catalogue here).
- Redistribution: 'Willing buyer, willing seller' was never going to cut it, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (23 March 2018).
- ConCourt falls short of farm dweller Act's aims, Stuart Wilson, Mail & Guardian (19 July 2017).
- Opportunities for resistance: Trump’s authoritarianism and the law, Stuart Wilson, openDemocracy (23 February 2017).
- Fighting for a Living: Short films show communities taking on the odds, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (7 December 2016).
- Slumlords? Lawyers? No, Mayor Mashaba, your complaint is against the rule of law itself, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (2 December 2016).
- What students will learn from exercise of power, Stuart Wilson and Nomzamo Zondo, Business Day (21 October 2016).
- Guide helps homeowners know mortgage rights, Stuart Wilson, Business Day (7 June 2016).
- Shack upgrades gain some foundation, Stuart Wilson, Business Day (25 April 2016).
- Judge Farlam’s Accidental Massacre, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (26 June 2015).
- When attacking NGOs, the government is rendering the poor invisible, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (23 June 2015).
- After the Marikana Commission: What now?, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (27 November 2014).
- Without means, there are no real rights, Stuart Wilson, openGlobalRights (23 September 2014).
- Legalizing economic and social rights can help the poor: reflections from South Africa, Stuart Wilson, openGlobalRights (7 August 2014).
- Housing: The need for more realistic debate, Lauren Royston and Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (21 July 2014).
- Evictions: South Africa's bitter year-round trauma, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (15 July 2014).
- SA’s transformation: No-one can do it alone, Mr Grootes, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (27 January 2014).
- Dear Mr Grootes: A welfare state is a just state, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (21 January 2014).
- Marikana ruling hardly ‘excellent’, Stuart Wilson, Mail and Guardian (23 August 2013).
- Taking liberties: Ivo Vegter on Socio-Economic Rights, Stuart Wilson, Daily Maverick (20 April 2012).
- Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural & Allied Workers Union v Oak Valley Estates (Pty) Ltd (2022) 43 ILJ 1241 (CC)
- Residents of Industry House, 5 Davies Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg v Minister of Police 2022 (1) BCLR 46 (CC)
- Economic Freedom Fighters and another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and another (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa and another as amici curiae) 2021 (2) SA 1 (CC)
- Khosa v Minister of Defence and Military Veterans 2020 (5) SA 490 (GP)
- Moyo v Minister of Police 2020 (1) SACR 373 (CC)
- South African Human Rights Commission v Khumalo 2019 (1) SA 289 (GJ)
- Dladla and Others v City of Johannesburg and Another (Centre for Applied Legal Studies and Another as amici curiae) 2018 (2) SA 327 (CC)
- Metropolitan Evangelical Services NPC and Another v Goge 2018 (6) SA 564 (GJ)
- Thubakgale and Others v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Others 2018 (6) SA 584 (GP)
- ABSA Bank Ltd v Mokebe and Related Cases 2018 (6) SA 492 (GJ)
- Fischer v Unlawful Occupiers and Others 2018 (2) SA 228 (WCC)
- Occupiers, Berea v De Wet NO and Another 2017 (5) SA 346 (CC)
- Rhodes University v Student Representative Council of Rhodes University and Others (Concerned Staff at Rhodes University as Interveners)  1 All SA 617 (ECG)
- Pheko and Others v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Others (No. 3) 2016 (10) BCLR 1308 (CC)
- Nkata v FirstRand Bank Ltd and Others (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa as amicus curiae) 2016 (6) BCLR 794 (CC)
- De Lange v Methodist Church and Another 2016 (2) SA 1 (CC)
- Melani and Others v Johannesburg City and Others 2016 (5) SA 67 (GJ)
- City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and Others v Hlophe and Others 2015 (2) All SA 251 (SCA)
- Legal Aid South Africa v Magidiwana and Others 2015 (2) SA 568 (SCA)
- MEC for Human Settlements & Public Works of the Province of Kwazulu-Natal v Ethekwini Municipality and Others; Abahlali Basemjondolo and Others v Ethekwini Municipality and another 2015 (4) All SA 190 (KZD)
- Young Ming Shan CC v Chagan NO and Others 2015 (3) SA 227 (GJ)
- Zulu and Others v Ethekwini Municipality and Others 2014 (4) SA 590 (CC)
- South African Informal Traders Forum and Others v City of Johannesburg and Others 2014 (4) SA 371 (CC)
- Kubyana v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd 2014 (3) SA 56 (CC)
- Fischer and Another v Ramahlele and Others 2014 (4) SA 614 (SCA)
- Absa Bank Limited v Mkhize and Others 2014 (5) SA 16 (SCA)
- Schubart Park Residents’ Association v City of Tshwane 2013 (1) SA 323 (CC)
- Todd v First Rand Bank Ltd and Others 2013 3 All SA 500 (SCA)
- Arendse v Arendse and Others 2013 (3) SA 347 (WCC)
- Mchunu v Executive Mayor, eThekwini Municipality 2013 (1) SA 555 (KZD)
- Occupiers of Saratoga Avenue v City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and Another 2012 (9) BCLR 951 (CC)
- Sebola and Another v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd and Another (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa and Others as Amici Curiae) 2012 (5) SA 142 (CC)
- Pheko and Others v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (Socio-Economic Rights Institute as Amicus Curiae) 2012 (2) SA 598 (CC)
- F v Minister of Safety and Security and Others 2012 (1) SA 536 (CC)
- Maphango and Others v Aengus Lifestyle Properties (Pty) Ltd 2012 (3) SA 531 (CC)
- City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality v Blue Moonlight Properties 39 (Pty) Ltd and Another 2012 (2) SA 104 (CC)
- City of Johannesburg v Changing Tides 2012 (6) SA 294 (SCA)
- Gundwana v Steko Development and Others 2011 (3) SA 608 (CC)
- Betlane v Shelly Court CC 2011 (1) SA 388 (CC)
- Mthimkulu and Another v Mahomed and Others 2011 (6) SA 147 (GSJ)