Aliki Edgcumbe, LLB, PGCE, LLM, is a lecturer at the School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where her academic interests span reproductive law, bioethics and data protection. She is an active member of the Health Law and Ethics Research Interest Group and the DS-I Africa Law group, which focuses on the legal dimensions of utilising data science for health discovery and innovation in Africa.

Aliki’s LLM dissertation analysed the case of AB v Minister of Social Development, with a specific emphasis on the genetic link requirement essential for valid surrogate motherhood agreements in South Africa. Her work earned her the prestigious Yunus Mahomed Public Interest Award in 2023 for her article, “Is the Writing on the Wall for the Genetic Link Requirement in Surrogacy Agreements?” addressing the same case.

Aliki is currently pursuing her PhD, focusing on how data protection laws apply to health research in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. She continues to research and publish in the areas of reproductive law and bioethics.



Thaldar DW, Edgcumbe A. Frozen and forgotten: What are South African fertility clinics to do with surplus cryopreserved embryos once their patients lose interest?. Developing World Bioethics. 2023 Aug 24.

Edgcumbe A. Is the Writing on the Wall for the Genetic Link Requirement in Surrogacy Agreements?. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PELJ). 2023;26(1):1-26.

Thaldar D, Edgcumbe A, Donnelly DL. How to interpret core concepts in POPIA? Recommendations on the draft Code of Conduct for Research. South African Journal of Science. 2023 Aug;119(7-8):1-4.

Holness W, Clark B, Edgcumbe A, Mnqyongani F, Sorti S, Shozi B, Thaldar D. A” Parenting Licence” Granted by One’s Existing Children? Critical Analysis of the Judgment in Ex Parte JCR 2022 5 SA 202 (GP). Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PELJ). 2023;26(1):1-32.

Shozi, B., Edgcumbe, A., & Thaldar, D. (2023). New Frontiers for Reproductive Health Rights: Contemporary Developments in the Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in South Africa. In Reproductive Health and Assisted Reproductive Technologies In Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues and Challenges (pp. 193-233). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore.

Aliki Edgcumbe