Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program Fellow
Sherilyn is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She holds an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from the University of Cape Town. Sherilyn has worked across various civil society organizations in South Africa. She was the attorney in the Right2Protest Project at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, where she provided legal assistance to protestors around the country. She thereafter worked for the Legal Resources Centre as an attorney in the Openness and Accountability Unit where her work expanded to freedom of assembly on online platforms, freedom of expression, privacy law and access to the internet. In recognizing the importance of access to the internet in our increasingly digitized world as well as the impact that it has on human rights and democracies broadly, Sherilyn also pursued the role of a consultant in the Cyrilla Project for the Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology (CIPIT), Strathmore University.
Prior to commencing the fellowship, Sherilyn was a senior legal officer in the Legal Services Unit at the South African Human Rights Commission. In her capacity at the Commission, she litigated and investigated complaints of human rights violations that were lodged with the Commission. Sherilyn has an interest in how access to the internet can improve the lives of many South Africans and she therefore intends for the focus of her Masters in Laws to explore whether through the Constitution, universal access to the internet can be realized for all South Africans.