Dr Gérard Labuschagne
Founding Member (South Africa)
Dr. Gérard Labuschagne is the Director of L& S Threat Management; a private consultancy company specialising in threat assessment and management. He also acts as an expert witness in criminal cases. He was previously the Section Head of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Investigative Psychology Section (IPS); a specialist department responsible for assisting SAPS with investigations of psychologically motivated crimes such as serial sex offences. He is a clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a criminologist with the Criminological Society of Southern Africa, and an Advocate of the High Court (non-practicing), in South Africa an Advocate is the equivalent of a Barrister. He has assisted in the investigation of over 110 serial murderers and over 200 serial rapists and has testified over 100 times in the High Court and magistrates courts of South Africa. Dr. Labuschagne has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, two Masters degrees (Clinical Psychology and Criminology), and a PhD in Psychology, and an LLB Bachelors of Laws degree. He has published more than 20 peer-review publications and chapters and is on the editorial board for several journals. He is a consultant to the National Institute of Justice of the Department of Justice in the USA. He was previously a Professor Extraordinarius at the Departments of Police Practice, and Criminology at the University of South Africa, and is currently an Honorary Associate Professor of the Division of Forensic Medicine and Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology, a member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association.
Dr. Labuschagne has extensive experience of the investigation of serial sexual crime and of conducting case linkage based on modus operandi often testifying about case linkage in court. He also has experience of identifying staging of crime scenes, and other investigative techniques and processes.