James has lectured and focused, in his academic career, on criminal law. He completed his psychology honours on the moral reasoning of Moses Sithole, South Africa’s most notorious serial killer. His PhD is entitled “The Responsible Mind in South African Criminal Law” and concerns an investigation of the foundation for the defences of criminal incapacity and involuntariness and of the conditions for criminal responsibility more generally.
He has lectured criminology, the law of delict, criminal procedure, criminal law the law of evidence. He has 15 peer reviewed/accredited publications in the areas of psychological development, the law of delict, the law of evidence, and criminal law, and has addressed international conferences on the compatibility of determinism, neuroscience and criminal responsibility, and the effect of emotion on moral reasoning and criminal responsibility. In addition, his PhD has been accepted for publication as a book – forthcoming.