Buitengewone & Ere-Professore / Extraordinary & Honorary Professors

Handelsreg / Mercantile Law
  • Professor Ockert Dupper

Ockert Dupper is the Global Programme Manager of the Vision Zero Fund (VZF) at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Launched in 2015, the VZF is an initiative of the Group of Seven (G7) countries, and is aimed at preventing work-related deaths, injuries and diseases in sectors operating in or aspiring to join global supply chains. Before joining the ILO, he was Director of Monitoring and Vice-President of Programs at the Fair Labor Association (FLA) in Washington, D.C. (2012-2014), and Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch (1996-2012), where he specialised in labour law and social security law. He received his BA from the University of Stellenbosch, his LLB from the University of Cape Town, and his LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He also spent a year at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions as the Edmond J Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics.

Ockert Dupper is die Globale Programbestuurder van die Vision Zero Fund (VZF) by die Internasionale Arbeidsorganisasie (IAO) in Genève, Switserland. Die VZF, wat in 2015 gestig is, is ‘n inisiatief van die Groep van Sewe (G7) en strewe om werkverwante sterftes, beserings en siektes in sektore wat in die globale verskaffingskettings (wil) aansluit, te voorkom. Voordat hy by die IAO aangesluit het, was hy die Direkteur van Monitering en Ondervoorsitter van Programme by die Fair Labor Association (FLA) in Washington, DC (2012-2014) en regsprofessor aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch (1996-2012). Hy spesialiseer in arbeidsreg en sosiale sekuriteitsreg. Hy het sy BA aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch, sy LLB aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad verwerf, en sy LLM en SJD van Harvard Law School, waar hy Fulbright-geleerde was, ontvang. Hy het ook ‘n jaar by die Harvard Universiteit se Sentrum vir Etiek as die Edmond J Safra-fakulteitsgenoot in Etiek deurgebring.

  • Professor Charl Hugo

Charl Hugo matriculated at the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans Boys High School) in Pretoria. He holds the degrees BA Law (1978) and LLB from the University of Pretoria (1980), LLM from the University of South Africa (1988) and LLD from Stellenbosch the University (1996), with a thesis on Documentary Credits. He qualified as an attorney in 1985 and joined the lecturing staff of the Department of Mercantile Law of Stellenbosch University in the same year. Prof Hugo became a full professor in 1996, and chaired the Department for the period 2001 to 2004. In 2005, he did pupillage at the Cape Bar. After passing the Bar Exam he resigned from his chair at the University of Stellenbosch and practised full-time as an advocate (as member of both the Cape Bar and the Johannesburg Society of Advocates (Maisels Group)) until 2012. During this time he appeared as advocate in the High Courts of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Kimberley, as well as in the High Court of Namibia, and the Supreme Court of Appeal. He also acted in several commercial arbitrations. During this period of legal practice he retained teaching responsibilities on contract basis with the Universities of Stellenbosch, Natal and Potchefstroom in South Africa (all on LLM level), and held appointments as extra-ordinary professor at the Universities of Stellenbosch and North West. Prof Hugo was appointed as Professor in Banking Law and Director of the Centre for Banking Law at the University of Johannesburg as from January 2013. He is a member of the Banking Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Charl Hugo het by Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool gematrikuleer. Hy het sy BA Regte (1978) en LLB van die Universiteit van Pretoria (1980), LLM van die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, met ‘n onderskeiding vir sy verhandeling (1988) en LLD van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch, met sy proefskrif oor Dokumentêre Krediete (1996) verwerf. Hy het in 1985 as prokureur gekwalifiseer en in dieselfde jaar as dosent by die Departement Handelsreg van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch (US) aangesluit. In 1996 het hy ‘n professor geword en dien as voorsitter van die departement vir die tydperk 2001 tot 2004. In 2005 voltooi hy ʼn pupilskap aan die Kaapse Balie en slaag die Bar-eksamen, waarna hy as voorsitter van die US se Departement van Handelsreg bedank en voltyds as advokaat (as lid van beide die Kaapse en Johannesburgse Balies (Maisels Group)) tot 2012 praktiseer. Gedurende hierdie tyd verskyn Prof Hugo in die Hooggeregshof in Kaapstad, Johannesburg, Kimberley sowel as die Hooggeregshof van Namibië en in die Appèlhof van Suid-Afrika. Hy het ook in verskeie kommersiële arbitrasies opgetree. Prof Charl Hugo het gedurende hierdie tyd sy onderrigverantwoordelikhede op kontrakbasis met die Universiteite van Stellenbosch, Natal en Potchefstroom in Suid-Afrika behou (almal op LLM-vlak), en sy aanstellings as buitengewone professor aan die Universiteite van Stellenbosch en Noordwes behou. Prof Hugo is vanaf Januarie 2013 as Professor in Bankwese en Direkteur van die Sentrum vir Bankwette aan die Universiteit van Johannesburg aangestel. Hy is ‘n lid van die Bankkommissie van die Internasionale Kamer van Koophandel.

  • Professor Jaap Spier

Jaap Spier (1950) graduated from Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in 1973. He was attorney at the Rotterdam Bar until 1977, lecturer of private law, Leiden University (1977-1981), company lawyer Unilever NV (1982-1989) and professor of private law, Tilburg University (1989-1999; after appointment in the Supreme Court part-time). From September 1997 to September 2016, he served as Advocate-General in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands (equivalent to Supreme Court Justice). He held an honorary chair at Maastricht University (1999-2016; currently emeritus). Since his retirement, he has held an honorary chair at the University of Amsterdam (from September 2016) and an extraordinary chair at Stellenbosch University (from 1 July 2016). Jaap is senior fellow Global Justice Program, Yale University. He received a PhD (Doctor iuris), Leiden University 1981. Jaap is founder and honorary President of the European Group on Tort Law and co-founder (with Professor Thomas Pogge, Yale University) of an expert group working on climate change principles (this group launched the Oslo Principles; he served as rapporteur), and co-founder of the Expert group on Principles on Climate Obligations of Enterprises (reporter and author of the commentary). He is fellow of European Institute for Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), in Vienna. Jaap is (co-) author or editor of 29 books and hundreds of articles and case notes on Tort law and legal aspects of climate change.

Jaap Spier (1950) het in 1973 aan die Erasmus Universiteit (Rotterdam) gegradueer. Hy was advokaat aan die Balie van Rotterdam tot 1977, Privaatregsdosent, Leiden Universiteit (1977-1981), maatskappy-prokureur van Unilever NV (1982-1989) en professor in privaatreg, Universiteit van Tilburg (1989-1999, sowel as ʼn deeltydse aanstelling in die Hooggeregshof). Vanaf September 1997 tot September 2016 het hy as Advokaat-Generaal in die Hooggeregshof van Nederland gedien (gelykstaande aan die Hooggeregshof Regter). Hy beklee ‘n ere-leerstoel aan die Universiteit van Maastricht (1999-2016, tans emeritus). Sedert sy aftrede, het hy ‘n ere-leerstoel by die Universiteit van Amsterdam (vanaf September 2016) en is hy ‘n buitengewone professor aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch (vanaf 1 Julie 2016). Prof Jaap Spier is ʼn senior-genoot by die “Global Justice Program”, Yale Universiteit. Hy het ‘n PhD (Doctor iuris), by Leiden Universiteit 1981, verwerf. Prof Spier is stigter en erepresident van die Europese Groep van Deliktereg, medestigter (saam met prof Thomas Pogge, Yale Universiteit) van ‘n kundige groep wat aan die beginsels van klimaatsverandering werk (hierdie groep het die Oslo-beginsels geloods, hy het as Rapporteur gedien) en stigter van die Kundige Groep van Beginsels oor Klimaatsverpligtinge van Ondernemings (verslaggewer en skrywer van die kommentaar). Hy is medelid van die “European Institute for Tort and Insurance Law” (ECTIL), in Wene. Prof Spier is -skrywer en/of mederedakteur van 29 boeke, honderde artikels en saaknotas oor deliktereg en wetlike aspekte van klimaatsverandering.

  • Professor Andreas van Wyk

Andreas van Wyk received his secondary school education at the Boys’ High school Helpmekaar in Johannesburg, where he matriculated in 1959 with the first position in the then Transvaal. He received his legal education cum laude at Stellenbosch University and at the University of Bonn in Germany (1960-1966). He also attended lectures at Besançon University in France during this period. He received his doctorate in law in 1976 from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 1997, Leuven University in Belgium awarded him a honorary doctorate in law as recognition for his service to higher education and legal development. Thereafter (2007) he also obtained a B Phil degree in Ancient History at Stellenbosch University. Andreas van Wyk’s career as an academic took him from senior lecturer to professor and dean of the Stellenbosch Law Faculty (1966 – 1984). After a period of three years (1984-1987) as director general of Constitutional Development and Planning, during which he was actively involved in the preamble to the new South African dispensation, he returned to Stellenbosch as first vice-rector and then rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University (1991-2001). He is the author of three standard works on South African law and many articles on legal issues. He was also active in the business world as director of companies such as Boland Bank, Distillers Corporation, of which he was chairman, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and Old Mutual South Africa, of which he was also chairman until the end of 2010. Since his resignation as Rector of Stellenbosch University, Prof Van Wyk has been active as a lecturer in and advisor on corporate law issues, with particular emphasis on corporate governance. He also serves on the management of various charitable organisations. He also reads widely in his proficient languages: Afrikaans, German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish. His love for Latin also stays with him.

Andreas van Wyk het sy sekondêre skoolopleiding aan die Hoër Seunskool Helpmekaar in Johannesburg ontvang, waar hy in 1959 matrikuleer met die eerste posisie in die destydse Transvaal.  Sy  regsopleiding kry hy cum laude aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch en aan die Universiteit Bonn in Duitsland (1960-1966). Hy het in dié tydperk ook lesings aan die Universiteit Besançon in Frankryk bygewoon. Sy doktorsgraad in die Regsgeleerdheid ontvang hy in 1976 cum laude van die Universiteit Leiden in Nederland. In 1997 ken die Universiteit Leuven in België ‘n eredoktorsgraad in die regte aan hom toe as erkenning vir sy diens aan hoër onderwys en regsontwikkeling. Daarna (2007) het hy ook ‘n B Phil-graad in Antieke Geskiedenis aan die US verwerf. Andreas van Wyk se loopbaan as akademikus het hom geneem van  senior lektor tot professor en dekaan van die Stellenbosse Regsfakulteit (1966 – 1984). Ná ‘n tydperk van drie jaar (1984-1987) as direkteur-generaal van Staatkundige Ontwikkeling en Beplanning, waartydens hy aktief by die aanloop tot die nuwe Suid-Afrikaanse bedeling betrokke was, het hy na Stellenbosch teruggekeer as eers viserektor en dan rektor en visekanselier van die Universiteit (1991-2001). Hy is die skrywer van drie standaardwerke oor die Suid-Afrikaanse reg en van vele artikels oor regsonderwerpe. Hy was ook aktief betrokke in die sakewêreld as direkteur van maatskappye soos Boland Bank, Distillers Korporasie, waarvan hy voorsitter was, die Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, en Ou Mutual Suid-Afrika, waarvan hy tot einde 2010 ook die voorsitter was. Sedert sy uittrede as rektor van Stellenbosch Universiteit is  Prof Van Wyk weer aktief as dosent in en adviseur oor veral maatskappyregtelike kwessies, met besondere klem op korporatiewe bestuur. Verder dien hy in die bestuur van verskeie liefdadigheidsaksies.  Hy lees ook wyd in die tale wat hy magtig is: Afrikaans, Duits, Engels, Frans, Italiaans, Nederlands, en Spaans.  Sy liefde vir Latyn bly hom ook by.


Privaatreg / Private Law

Honorary Professors

    • Appeal Court Judge Fritz Brand

Justice Fritz Brand studied at the Stellenbosch University and University of Leiden in the Netherlands (BA LLB LLM (cum laude)). He started his career as an academic in the Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch before he joined the Cape Bar in 1977. He practised as advocate, becoming Senior Counsel in 1989. In September 1992 he was appointed as judge in the High Court in Cape Town. After serving as acting judge of appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in 2000, he was appointed permanently to that court from 1 December 2001. In 2010 he was appointed as an acting judge to the Constitutional Court for two terms, retaining his permanent position on the Supreme Court of Appeal. Justice Brand always retained his interest in the academia and continued publishing, especially in the field of Defamation and Enrichment. In this capacity he has contributed to the South African Law Journal and the Law of South Africa (LAWSA) specifically. As visiting lecturer and honorary professor he has lectured in various universities and institutions, locally and abroad. When his first term as honorary professor lapsed at the end of 2016 Justice Brand accepted a further term in the Department of Private Law. In this regard the Department of Private Law and the Law Faculty, Stellenbosch, continue to draw from his vast mentoring and research capabilities.

Regter Fritz Brand het sy kwalifikasies (BA, LLB, LLM (cum laude)) by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch en Universiteit van Leiden verwerf. Hy het sy akademiese loopbaan by Stellenbosch se Regsfakulteit begin, waarna hy in 1977 as lid van die Kaapse Balie opgeneem is. Hy het as advokaat gepraktiseer waarna hy in 1989 as Senior Advokaat aangestel is. In September 1992 het hy as regter in die Hooggeregshof van Kaapstad gedien. Hy het in 2000 as Appèlhofregter in die Hooggeregshof van Bloemfontein gedien, waarna hy in ʼn permanente posisie vanaf 1 Desember 2001 aangestel is. Daarna is hy in 2010 vir twee termyne as waarnemende regter in die Konstitusionele Hof aangestel terwyl hy sy permanente posisie in die Hooggeregshof van Appèl behou het. Regter Brand het ook sy belangstelling in die akademie voortgesit, deur voortdurend te publiseer, veral in die veld van laster en verryking. In hierdie rol het hy navorsing tot die South African Law Journal (SALJ) en die Law of South Africa (LAWSA) bygedra. As besoekende dosent en ereprofessor het hy by verskeie plaaslike sowel as internasionale universiteite en instellings klasgegee. Met die verstryking van sy eerste termyn (2016) as ereprofessor het Regter Brand ʼn tweede termyn by die Departement Privaatreg aanvaar. Vervolgens baat beide die Stellenbosch se Regsfakulteit en die Departement van Privaatreg uit Regter Brand se geweldige leiding en navorsingsvermoë.

    • Professor Katharina Boele-Woelki

Katharina Boeli-Woelki is Dean of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. She is an internationally acclaimed expert in various legal fields, including Private International Law, Comparative Law and Family Law. In this capacity she has published widely and has lectured in both the Netherlands and Germany. She is president of the Dutch Association of Family Law, member of the board of the Dutch Association of Comparative Law, and a member of several editorial boards of Dutch, European and South African law journals. To date she received three honorary doctorates, in 2011, 2015 and 2016 respectively, from the University of Uppsala, the University of Lausanne and the University of Antwerp. Since 2014 she has been the President of the International Academy of Comparative Law, of which she is also a titular member. As Honorary Professor in the Department of Private Law she presents annual training sessions and master classes in Comparative Law research methodology to Stellenbosch Law Faculty’s post-graduate cohort.

Latharina Boeli-Woelki is Dekaan van die Bucerius Regskool in Hamburg, Duitsland. Sy is ʼn internasionaal bekroonde ekspert in verskeie regsvelde, insluitende Privaatreg, Internasionale Reg, Vergelykendereg en Familiereg. Sy het heelwat in hierdie velde gepubliseer en in beide Duitsland en Nederland klasgegee. Sy is die voorsitter van die Nederlandse Vereniging van Familiereg, raadslid van die Nederlandse Vereniging van Vergelykendereg en lid van verskeie redaksies van Nederlandse, Europese en Suid-Afrikaanse regsjoernale. Tot op hede het sy drie eredoktorsgrade, vanaf Universiteit van Uppsala (2011), Universiteit van Lausanne (2015) en Universiteit van Antwerpen (2016) verwerf. Sedert 2014 is sy die President van die Internasionale Akademie van Vergelykendereg, waarvan sy ook ʼn erelid is. As Ereprofessor in die Departement van Privaatreg, bied sy jaarlikse opleiding en meestersklasse aan, oor Vergelykendereg-navorsingsmetodologie vir Regsfakulteit Stellenbosch se nagraadse klas.

    • Lord Patrick Hodge

Lord Patrick Stewart Hodge, is a Scottish lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom. After completing a first term as honorary professor in the Department of Private Law at the end of 2016, Lord Hogde was appointed for a second term, ending December 2019.  Lord Hodge was educated at Croftinloan School and Trinity College, Glenalmond, in Perthshire before completing his studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (BA) and the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh (LLB). Before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1983 he spent three years at the Scottish Office. Lord Hodge was appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Energy from 1989 to 1991, and to the Inland Revenue from 1991 to 1996, in which year he took silk. As a Queens Counsel (QC), his practice was mainly in Commercial Law, Judicial Review and Property Law. He served as a part-time Commissioner on the Scottish Law Commission from 1997–2003, and from 2000 to 2005 was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, and Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2005, taking the judicial title, Lord Hodge. Like all Scottish judges on the Supreme Court, he has sat in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary, but had particular responsibilities as the Exchequer in the Court of Session. On 1 October 2013, Lord Hodge succeeded Lord Hope as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Lord Hodge has a keen interest in academia and continues to publish in academic journals and present lectures all over the world. In 2015 Lord Hodge delivered the prestigious Morti Malherbe-lecture at the Law Faculty of Stellenbosch.

Heer Patrick Stewart Hodge, is ʼn Skotse prokureur en regter van die Hooggeregshof in die VK. Na hy sy eerste termyn in 2016 as Ereprofessor aan die Departement Privaatreg voltooi het, is hy vir ʼn tweede termyn tot einde Desember 2019 aangestel. Heer Hodge het die Croftinloan Skool en Trinity Kollege, Glenalmond, in Perthshire bygewoon, waarna hy sy BA by Corpus Christi Kollege, Cambridge en LLB by Regskool van die Universiteit van Edinburg verwerf het. Voor hy by die Fakulteit van Advokate opgeneem is in 1983, het hy 3 jaar by die Skotse Kantoor spandeer. Heer Hodge was vanaf 1991 as Junior Advokaat van die Departement van Energie, aangestel waarna hy in 1996 as Koninginsadvokaat aangestel is. In die posisie van Koninginsadvokaat, het hy hoofsaaklik in Kommersiëlereg, Geregtelike Hersiening en Eiendomsreg gepraktiseer. Hy dien vanaf 1997 tot 2003 as ʼn deeltydse Kommissaris op die Skotse Regskommissie, vanaf 2000 tot 2005 as regter van die Appèlhof van Jersey en Guernsey en as staatsaanklaer wat vir die Algemene Vergadering vir die Kerk van Skotland. Hy is in 2005 as Senator van die Kollege van Justisie aangestel, waartydens hy ook die titel van Heer Hodge opgeneem het. Alle Skotse regters van die Hooggeregshof dien in beide die volgende howe: Die Hof van Sessie en ʼn Hooggeregshof wat siviele sake verhoor, maar Heer Hodge het spesifieke verantwoordelikhede as regter in die Engelse Belastingshof (Exchequer) gehad. Op 1 Oktober 2013 neem hy Heer Hope se posisie as Regter in die Hooggeregshof van die VK oor. Heer Hodge het ʼn groot belangstelling in akademie en gaan voort om in akademiese joernale te publiseer en oor die wêreld heen lesings aan te bied. Heer Hodge het in 2015 die invloedryke Morti Malherbe-lesing by die Regsfakulteit van Stellenbosch gelewer.

Extraordinary Professors

    • Judge Yasmin Shenaz Meer

Justice Yasmin Shenaz Meer (BA – University of Durban Westville, LLB – University of Cape Town, LLM – University of Warwick, UK) was one of the first judges appointed when the Land Claims Court was newly established in 1996.  She is the most experienced judge at the Land Claims Court and is also the acting Judge President. Having completed her articles she joined the Legal Resources Centre as its first attorney in Cape Town. She was instrumental in establishing the Cape Town office where she practiced for 10 years. Thereafter she held the position of Deputy National Director of the Legal Resources Centre before being appointed to the bench in 1996. As South Africa has never before had a Land Claims Court the contributions of the early judges is truly ground breaking. Justice Meer’s contribution to jurisprudence dealing with land reform generally and restitution, redistribution and tenure reform specifically are profound.  Since 2012 she has also been the acting Judge President of the Land Claims Court. Managing the court and its rather unique functioning as a permanent circuit court brought about new challenges. In this capacity Judge Meer introduced new mechanisms, like the annual Stakeholders Meeting, which contributed to improving the Court’s efficacy. It is envisaged that Justice Meer will play an important role in the Advanced Property Law 457 module, dealing with Constitutional Property Law and Land Reform specifically.

Regter Yasmin Shenaz Meer (BA – Universiteit van Durban Westville, LLB – Universiteit van Kaapstad, LLM – Universiteit van Warwick, VK) was een van die eerste regters wat in die nuut gestigte Grondeisehof aangestel is. Sy is die mees ervare regter in die Grondeisehof en is ook die waarnemende Regterpresident. Na afloop van haar kandidaatprokureurskap het sy by die Regshulpbronne Sentrum in Kaapstad as hul eerste prokureur gewerk. Sy het ʼn kardinale rol gespeel in die oprigting van die Kaapstadkantore waar sy 10 jaar gepraktiseer het. Daarna beklee sy die posisie van Adjunk Nasionale Direkteur van die Regshulpbronne Sentrum, waarna sy in 1996 as Regter aangestel is. Aangesien Suid-Afrika voorheen nie ʼn Grondeisehof gehad het nie, word die vroeër regters se bydraes as grensverskuiwend beskou. Regter Meer se diepgaande bydrae tot regsgeleerdheid, in die besonder grondhervorming en herstel herverspreiding en eiendomsregshervorming, word veral as belangrik geag. Sedert 2012 is sy die Waarnemende Regterpresident van die Grondeisehof. Die bestuur van die hof, met die inagname van die unieke funksionering as ʼn permanente rondgaande hof, het nuwe uitdagings na vore gebring. In hierdie posisie het Regter Meer nuwe protokol, soos die jaarlikse Belanghebbendesvergadering ingestel, wat tot die effektiwiteit van die hof bydra. Die beoogde doel is dat Regter Meer ʼn belangrik rol sal speel in die Gevorderde Eiendomsreg 457 module, wat spesifiek fokus op Konstitusionele Eiendomsreg en Grondhervorming.

    • Professor Elspeth Reid

Prof Elspeth Reid (MA, LLB, DipLP, FRSE), University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, completed a three year appointment as an extraordinary professor in the Department of Private Law, Stellenbosch University at the end of 2016. In order to continue drawing from her vast experience Prof Reid was appointed for a second term. Prof Reid’s main field of interest is Scottish Private Law, with a special interest in mixed legal systems. She is an expert and highly respected scholar in the Law of Delict and enjoys an international reputation. In 2013 she was appointed fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh University. Fellows are appointed following intense competition and rigorous examination of their achievements in respective fields. She has published widely in the general field of the Law of Delict, including on South African Law of Delict, resulting in a co-publication of Product Liability with Prof Max Loubser in 2012. She has close ties with South Africa, including previous guest lectures at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town and a further book publication with Daniel Visser Private Law and Human Rights: Bringing rights home in Scotland and South Africa (2013).

Prof Elspeth Reid (MA, LLB, DipLP FRSE), Universiteit van Edinburg, in VK het haar drie jaar termyn as Buitengewone Professor by Universiteit van Stellenbosch se Departement van Privaatreg in 2016 voltooi. Prof Reid is vir ʼn tweede termyn aangestel sodat ons steeds meer van/uit haar ontsaglike ervaring kan baat. Prof Reid se belangstelling lê in Skotse Privaatreg, in die besonder gemengde regsisteme. Sy is ʼn kenner en gerespekteerde regsgeleerde in die veld van Deliktereg en geniet ook ʼn internasionale reputasie. In 2013 is sy aangestel as genoot van die Koninklike Vereniging van Edinburg Universiteit. Genote is aangestel volgens ʼn streng kompetisie en eksaminering van prestasies in hul eie veld. Sy het breedvoerig gepubliseer in die veld van Deliktereg, waarby Suid-Afrikaanse Deliktereg ingesluit word. Gevolglik het die mede-outeurskap van Product Liability (2012) saam met Prof Max Loubser hieruit voortgevloei. Sy het noue bande met Suid-Afrika, onder andere vorige gaslesings by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch en Kaapstad sowel as ʼn boekpublikasie saam met Daniel Visser Private Law and Human Rights: Bringing rights home in Scotland and South Africa (2013).

Research associates

  • Professor Gerhard Lubbe

Gerhard Lubbe (BA LLB (Stellenbosch), LLM (Yale)) is an emeritus Professor of Private Law since his retirement in 2014. As a previous Dean of the Faculty of Law (2007-2012), he provided invaluable service to the Law Faculty and the University Management Team before serving as a member of the Council of the University of Stellenbosch (2010-2013). He received various Vice Chancellor’s awards for his contribution to Teaching and Learning and has supervised 13 Masters and 6 Doctoral students. His main fields of interest are the Law of Contract, Cession and Law of Estoppel. He has published widely in these fields and is co-author of three textbooks on Contract Law, the author of ‘Cession’ in LAWSA and was responsible for the original text of the chapter on ‘Mortgage and Pledge’ in the same publication. He is working on the 6th edition of Contract: General Principles (with LF van Huyssteen and MFB Reinecke) and is preparing two contributions on the Law of Cession for publication in edited collections of essays. In 2014 he was awarded (with Prof JE du Plessis) the Toon van den Heever Prize for Legal Science by the South African Academy for Science and Arts for Man van Beginsel: Die lewe en nalatenskap van JC de Wet (2013).

Gerhard Lubbe (BA LLB (Stellenbosch), LLM (Yale)) is sedert sy aftrede in 2014 ʼn emeritus Professor in Privaatreg. As voormalige dekaan het hy onskatbare diens aan die Regsfakulteit en die Universiteit se Bestuurspan gelewer voor hy as ʼn Raadslid van Universiteit van Stellenbosch gedien het (2010-2013). Hy het verskeie Visekanselier-toekennings vir sy bydrae tot Onderrig en Leer ontvang en ook 13 meesters en 6 doktorale studente in hul studies gelei. Sy hoofveld van belangstelling is Kontraktereg, oordrag en Reg van Estoppel. Hy het verskeie publikasies in hierdie velde, is mede-outeur van drie handboeke oor Kontraktereg, outeur van “Cession” in LAWSA en was verantwoordelik vir die oorspronklike teks van die hoofstuk wat betref “Mortgage and Pledge”. Hy werk tans aan die 6de uitgawe van “Contract: General Principles” (saam met LF van Huyssteen & MFB Reinecke) en berei twee bydraes oor Sessiereg vir publikasie in ʼn versameling opstelle, voor. In 2014 ontvang hy (saam met Prof JE du Plessis) die Toon van den Heever-toekenning vir Regswetenskap vanaf die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns vir Man van Beginsel: die lewe en nalatenskap van JC de Wet (2013).

  • Professor Max Loubser

Max Loubser is an emeritus Professor of Private Law, University of Stellenbosch and Research Associate in the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch. He holds the qualifications BA (Law) cum laude, University of Stellenbosch (1970); LL B cum laude University of Stellenbosch (1972) and D Phil, University of Oxford (1977). He is a Rhodes Scholar 1972) and has been awarded a number of academic and research-related awards. He is a South African Attorney, Notary, Conveyancer and practices as attorney and director of Cluver Markotter Inc., Stellenbosch. His main academic areas of interest are the law of delict; product liability and the law of extinctive prescription. He has published extensively in these areas, including the books Extinctive Prescription; Tort, South Africa (in the series International Encyclopaedia of Laws); The Law of Delict in South Africa, (co-author and co-editor with Prof Rob Midgley); Product Liability in South Africa (co-author with Prof Elspeth Reid); and Commentary on the Consumer Protection Act (co-author with Prof Elspeth Reid of the sections on product liability). He has served in a number of community organisations and holds a number of company directorships.

Max Loubser is ʼn emeritus Professor in Privaatreg, Universiteit van Stellenbosch (US) en ʼn navorsingsgenoot in die Regsfakulteit van die US. Hy het die kwalifikasies BA (regte) cum laude, US (1970); LLB cum laude US (1972) en DPhil by Oxford Universiteit (1977) verwerf. Hy is ʼn Rhodes geleerde (1972) en het ʼn aantal akademie- en navorsingstoekennings ontvang. Hy is ʼn Suid-Afrikaanse prokureur, notaris en aktebesorger en praktiseer as prokureur en direkteur van Cluver Markotter Ing., Stellenbosch. Sy hoof akademiese velde van belangstelling sluit in deliktereg, produkaanspreeklikheid en reg van bevrydende verjaring. In hierdie akademiese velde het hy heelwat publikasies, inter alia boeke getiteld Extinctive Prescription; Tort, South Africa (in die reeks International Encyclopaedia of Laws); The Law of Delict in South Africa, (mede-outeur en mederedakteur saam met Prof Rob Midgley); Product Liability in South Africa (mede-outeur saam met Prof Elspeth Reid); en Commentary on the Consumer Protection Act (mede-outeur saam met Prof Elspeth Reid wat betref die afdelings oor produkaanspreeklikheid). Hy vorm deel van ʼn aantal gemeenskaporganisasies en beklee direkteurposisies van verskeie maatskappy.

  • Professor Cornie van der Merwe

Professor Cornie van der Merwe is an A-rated researcher who has contributed greatly and continues to contribute greatly to the Law Faculty’s research and post-graduate output. Apart from his extremely valuable contribution to accredited outputs and post-graduate supervision, Prof van der Merwe still continues to lecture in Advanced Property Law modules at undergraduate and Master’s levels. He has also contributed greatly to mentoring younger colleagues and has in this capacity co-published with staff and post-graduate students. Prof van der Merwe hails from the Free State and obtained the BA degree from the University of the Free State. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar and was awarded the BA (Hons) and BCL degrees in 1964 and 1965 respectively. In 1967 he obtained the LLB from the University of the Free State and in 1972 the LLD from the University of South Africa. Cornie van der Merwe published the first comprehensive text book on Property Law in Afrikaans in the country. He is a world-renowned Property Law scholar, especially within the context of fragmented ownership and has vast experience as guest lecturer globally.  More than 40 students completed their post-graduate studies under Prof van der Merwe’s guidance and he has received numerous national and international rewards for excellence in research.

Professor Cornie van der Merwe is ʼn top navorser wat ʼn ontsaglike groot en deurlopende bydrae maak tot die Regsfakulteit se navorsing en nagraadse uitsette. Derhalwe bogenoemde bied Prof van der Merwe lesings in Gevorderde Eiendomsreg aan voorgraads- en meersterstudente. Hy het ook ʼn groot rol gespeel in die mentorskap van jonger kollegas en op hierdie manier ook as mede-outeur opgetree saam met kollegas en nagraadse studente. Prof van der Merwe is afkomstig van die Vrystaat en het sy BA-graad by Die Universiteit van Vrystaat verwerf. Hy het ook Oxford Universiteit as ʼn Rhodes geleerde bygewoon en sy BA-Honneurs (1964) en BCL-graad (1965) daar verwerf. In 1967 het hy sy LLB-graad by Die Universiteit van Vrystaat verwerf en 1972 sy LLD by Unisa. Professor Cornie van der Merwe het die eerste omvattende Afrikaanse handboek oor Eiendomregs in Suid-Afrika gepubliseer. Hy is ʼn wêreldbekende Eiendomsreg geleerde, veral in die konteks van meerdere eienaarskap en het geweldige ervaring as ʼn internasionale besoekende dosent. Meer as 40 studente het hul nagraadse studies onder sy akademiese leiding voltooi en hy het verskeie nasionale en internasionale toekennings vir uitmuntende navorsing ontvang.


Publiekreg / Public Law
  • Baroness Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert

Baroness Judge Van den Wyngaert graduated from Brussels University in 1974 and obtained a PhD in International Criminal Law in 1979. She was a professor of law at the University of Antwerp (1985-2005) where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative criminal law and international criminal law. She authored numerous publications in all these fields. Judge Van den Wyngaert was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (Centre for European Legal Studies (1994–1996), Research Centre for International Law (1996 1997)) and a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch since 2000. Her merits as an academic were recognised in the form of five Doctorates Honoris Causa, awarded by the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2001), the University of Brussels (2010), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio (2013), the University of Maastricht (2013) and the University of Stellenbosch (2018).

Judge Van den Wyngaert gained expertise in various governmental organisations. She was a member of the Criminal Procedure Reform Commission in Belgium (Commission Franchimont) (1991-1998) and served as an expert for the European Union in various criminal law projects. She has extensive international judicial experience. She served in the International Court of Justice as an ad hoc judge in the Arrest Warrant Case (2000-2002) and was elected as a judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where she served for more than five years (2003 – 2009). She served as a judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) from 2009 till 2018, where she also presided over cases in the Appeals Division. In 2013, the Flemish Government awarded her a golden medal for her achievements in international criminal law. In 2014, she was elected Vice President of the International Association of Penal Law. Judge Van den Wyngaert was granted the title of Baroness by the King of Belgium for her merits as an academic and as an international judge.

Barones Regter Van den Wyngaert het in 1974 aan die Universiteit van Brussel gegradueer en in 1979 ‘n PhD in Internasionale Strafreg verwerf. Sy was ‘n professor in regsgeleerdheid aan die Universiteit van Antwerpen (1985-2005), waar sy strafreg, strafprosesreg, vergelykende strafreg en internasionale strafreg-modules aangebied het. Sy het verskeie publikasies in al hierdie velde geskryf. Regter Van den Wyngaert was ʼn besoekende genoot aan die Universiteit van Cambridge (Sentrum vir Europese Regstudie (1994-1996), Navorsingsentrum vir Internasionale Reg (1996-1997)) en ‘n besoekende professor aan die Regsfakulteit van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch sedert 2000. Haar verdienste as akademikus word in die vorm van vyf doktorsgrade erken, naamlik Honoris Causa aan die Universiteit van Uppsala, Swede (2001), Universiteit van Brussel (2010), Case Western Reserve Universiteit, Cleveland Ohio (2013), die Universiteit van Johannesburg (2013) en die Universiteit van Stellenbosch(2018).

Regter Van den Wyngaert het kundige ervaring in verskeie regeringsorganisasies gekry. Sy was ‘n lid van die Strafproseshervormingskommissie in België (Franchimont Commissie) (1991-1998) en dien as deskundige vir die Europese Unie in verskeie strafregtelike projekte. Sy het uitgebreide internasionale geregtelike ervaring. Sy het in die Internationale Geregshof (ICJ) as ad hoc-regter  in die “Arrest Warrant”-saak (2000-2002) gedien en is as regter in die Internasionale Kriminele Tribunaal vir die voormalige Joegoslawië (ICTY) verkies waar sy vir meer as vyf jaar gedien het (2003-2009). Van 2009 tot 2018 het sy as regter in die Internasionale Strafhof (ICC) gedien, waar sy ook as regter van appèl opgetree het. Die Vlaamse Regering het in 2013 ʼn goue medalje aan haar toegeken vir haar prestasies in die internasionale strafreg. In 2014 is sy as Vise-President van die Internasionale Vereniging vir Strafreg verkies. Regter Van den Wyngaert het die titel, Barones,van die Koning van België ontvang, vir haar werk as akademikus en as internasionale regter.

  • Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

Judge Ngcobo graduated from the University of Zululand with a B Proc (Bachelor of Law), in 1975, earning distinctions in constitutional law, mercantile law and accounting. From 1983 to 1985 he studied for an LLB at the University of Natal, Durban. In 1985, he completed an orientation course on the United States’ legal system, given by the International Law Institute at the Georgetown Law Centre in Washington DC. From 1985 to 1986 he attended Harvard Law School, where he studied for an LLM. He concentrated on constitutional law, labour law, international legal process and international human rights. His career was interrupted for one year in 1976 when he was detained and held in solitary confinement following the student uprising in 1976. Upon his release, he worked briefly as a clerk in the magistrate’s office, before joining the law firm of KK Mthiyane and Company in 1978, firstly an articled clerk and then as an associate attorney. In 1982, he joined the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest law firm in Durban, as a staff attorney. There he tried public-interest civil and criminal cases involving issues such as the ejection of tenants from townships; the forced removal of black communities to homelands; influx control laws; police torture and assault; wrongful detentions; labour disputes; and the eviction of black squatters.

In terms of his judicial career, he has been appointed as a part-time presiding officer in the Labour court (1993); presiding officer of the Independent Election Commission’s Electoral Tribunal (1994); judge of the Supreme Court of Good Hope Provisional Division (1996); judge of the Labour Appeal Court (1997). In this regard he held a dual appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court and the Labour Appeal Court. Chief Justice Ngcobo was also appointed to serve on the amnesty committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in February 1998. He was then appointed as acting Judge President of the Labour Courts and Labour Appeal Court. In August 1999, he was appointed to the Constitutional Court and as Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa in 2009, a post he held until his retirement in 2011. During his short period as Chief Justice piloted many judicial reform initiatives, including the establishment in 2010 of the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ). Judge Ngcobo has also published many papers on topics such as justice, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, housing segregation and gender equality. Upon retirement, he has been serving as Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia at the request of the President of the Republic of Namibia.

Regter Ngcobo het in 1975 aan die Universiteit van Zululand gegradueer met ‘n B Proc (Baccalaureus in die Regsgeleerdheid), onderskeidings in onder andere grondwetlike reg, handelsreg en rekeningkunde. Van 1983 tot 1985 studeer hy vir ‘n LLB-graad aan die Universiteit van Natal, Durban. In 1985 voltooi hy ‘n oriënteringskursus oor die Amerikaanse regstelsel, wat deur die Internasionale Reginstituut by Georgetown Law Centre in Washington DC aangebied is. Vanaf 1985 tot 1986 studeer hy aan die Harvard Law School, waar hy ‘n LLM verwerf. Hy het gekonsentreer op grondwetlike reg, arbeidsreg, internasionale regsproses en internasionale menseregte. Sy loopbaan is vir een jaar in 1976 onderbreek toe hy in 1976 in die afsondering gehou is ʼn afloop van die studenteoptogte. Na sy vrylating het hy as klerk in die landdroskantoor gewerk voordat hy by die regsfirma van KK Mthiyane en Company aangesluit het in 1978, eerstens as ‘n artikelsklerk en daarna as prokureur. In 1982 het hy by die Legal Resources Centre, ‘n openbare belangekantoor in Durban, as ‘n prokureur aangesluit. Hy het siviele en kriminele sake van openbare belang hanteer wat kwessies soos die uitsetting van huurders in informele nedersettings; die gedwonge verskuiwing van swart gemeenskappe na tuislande; instromingsbeheerwette; polisie marteling en aanranding; onregmatige aanhoudings; arbeidsgeskille; en die uitsetting van swart plakkers.

In terme van sy regsloopbaan is hy aangestel as ‘n deeltydse voorsittende beampte in die Arbeidshof (1993); voorsittende beampte van die Onafhanklike Verkiesingskommissie se Verkiesingstribunaal (1994); regter van die Hooggeregshof, Kaap die Goeie Hoop afdeling (1996); regter van die Arbeidsappèlhof (1997). In hierdie verband het hy ‘n dubbele aanstelling as regter van die Hooggeregshof en die Arbeidsappèlhof beklee. Hoofregter Ngcobo is ook aangestel om in Februarie 1998 op die amnestiekomitee van die Waarheids- en Versoeningskommissie te dien. Daarna is hy as waarnemende Regter-president van die Arbeidshowe en Arbeidsappèlhof aangestel. In Augustus 1999 is hy tot die Konstitusionele Hof aangestel en in 2009 as Hoofregter van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika, ‘n pos wat hy tot sy aftrede in 2011m beklee het. Gedurende sy kort tydperk as hoofregter het hy baie regshervormingsinisiatiewe geloods, insluitende die vestiging van die Kantoor van die Hoofregter in 2010 (OCJ). Regter Ngcobo het ook heelwat referate oor onderwerpe soos geregtigheid, die Waarheids- en Versoeningskommissie, behuisingsegregasie en geslagsgelykheid gepubliseer. Na afloop van sy aftrede het hy op versoek van die President van die Republiek van Namibië as Waarnemende Regter van die Hooggeregshof van Namibië gedien.

  • Justice Lourens Ackermann

Justice Lourens Ackermann (BA, LLB, LLD (Stellenbosch), MA (Oxon)) is extraordinary professor at the University of Stellenbosch and an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town. He practiced as an advocate at the Pretoria Bar from 1958 to 1980, becoming Senior Council in 1975. During this time, he served on the Pretoria Bar Council and on the General Council of the Bar of South Africa. After a number of acting appointments from 1976 onwards, he was permanently appointed to the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court in 1980 and served as such until September 1987. After his resignation from the Bench in 1987, he inaugurated the newly established Harry Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Stellenbosch, the first of its kind in South Africa. He held this position until the end of 1992. He also served as a judge on the Lesotho Court of Appeal and on the post-independence Namibian Supreme Court. In January 1993 he accepted reappointment to the South African Supreme Court, on the Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division bench.

In August 1994, he was appointed to the first Constitutional Court of South Africa. During his time on the Constitutional Court he chaired its library committee and has been intimately involved with developing it into what will, it is hoped, be a world-class resource. His particular field of interest is fundamental rights under the Constitution, specifically the role dignity in equality jurisprudence. In 2002, he was awarded honorary LLD by Stellenbosch University and in 2003 elected as an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. On retiring from serve on the Constitutional Court in January 2004 he continued to participate in the development of the Constitutional Court library and for years chaired the South African Institute of Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

Regter Lourens Ackermann (BA, LLB, LLD (Stellenbosch), MA (Oxon)) is buitengewone professor aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch en ‘n Ere-navorsingsgenoot in die Departement Publiekereg, Universiteit van Kaapstad. Hy het vanaf 1958 tot 1980 as advokaat van die Pretoria se Balie gepraktiseer. Hy het in 1975 ʼn Senior Advokaat geword. Gedurende hierdie tyd het hy op Pretoria se Balieraad en op die Algemene Raad van die Balie van Suid-Afrika gedien. Na ‘n aantal waarnemende aanstellings vanaf 1976, is hy permanent in 1980 by die Transvaalse Provinsiale Afdeling van die Hooggeregshof aangestel en dien hy tot September 1987. Na sy bedanking van die regbank in 1987 het hy die nuutgestigte Harry Oppenheimer-voorsitterskap van Menseregte aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch ingehuldig – die eerste van sy soort in Suid-Afrika. Hy het hierdie posisie tot aan die einde van 1992 beklee. Hy het ook as regter gedien op die Lesotho Hof van Appèl en in die Namibiese Hooggeregshof ná onafhanklikheid. In Januarie 1993 aanvaar hy heraanstelling aan die Suid-Afrikaanse Hooggeregshof, op die Kaapse Goeie Hoop Provinsiale Afdelingbank.

In Augustus 1994 is hy in die eerste Konstitusionele Hof van Suid-Afrika aangestel. Gedurende sy tyd in die Konstitusionele Hof het hy op die biblioteekkomitee gedien en was hy betrokke by die ontwikkeling van – wat na verwagting – ʼn wêreldklas-hulpbron sal word. Sy besondere belangstellingsveld is fundamentele regte binne die Grondwet, spesifiek die rol waardigheid in gelykheidspraktyk. In 2002 is hy deur die Universiteit van Stellenbosch ʼn eredoktorsgraad toegeken en in 2003 verkies as ere-genoot van Worcester Kollege, Oxford. Na afloop van sy aftrede as regter in die Konstitusionele Hof, het hy in Januarie 2004 steeds aan die ontwikkeling van die Konstitusionele Hofbiblioteek gewerk. Daarby het hy jare lank as voorsitter van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut vir Gevorderde Konstitusionele, Openbare, Menseregte en Internasionale Regte (SAIFAC) op Grondwet Hill, Johannesburg, gedien.

  • Professor Christopher Forsyth

Professor Christopher Forsyth holds a Bsc LLB from the University of Natal and a LLB PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a leading international scholar in the fields of Administrative Law and Private International Law. His career shows academic leadership, specifically organising the first international conference on human rights in South Africa in 1979, and involvement in collaborative publishing ventures. To this end, he authored and co-authored numerous publications including standardized authoritative textbooks across the common law world, in Private International Law and Administrative Law.

He has a long record of effective involvement at the highest level in the administration of several important public bodies. Professor Forsyth has been and is involved in working with or advising governments over constitutional issues. He is also a part-time judge, sitting as a Recorder in the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court. He has given invited evidence to many Law Commissions and Select Committee in several jurisdictions. Furthermore, he is a barrister as well as an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple with Chambers in London and an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.

Professor Christopher Forsyth het ‘n Bsc LLB van die Universiteit van Natal en ‘n LLB PhD van die Universiteit van Cambridge. Hy is ‘n toonaangewende internasionale akademikus op die gebied van Administratiefreg en Privaat Internasionale Reg. Sy beroep toon akademiese leierskap, spesifiek die organisasie van die eerste internasionale konferensie oor menseregte in Suid-Afrika in 1979 en betrokkenheid by gesamentlike uitgewersondernemings, aan. Hiervoor het hy verskeie publikasies geskryf en as mede-outeur gedien, waarvan gestandaardiseerde gesaghebbende handboeke oor die gemene regswêreld, in Privaat Internasionale Reg en Administratiefreg, deel vorm.

Hy het ‘n lang rekord van effektiewe betrokkenheid op die hoogste vlak in die administrasie van verskeie belangrike openbare liggame. Professor Forsyth was en is betrokke met advisering van regerings oor grondwetlike kwessies. Hy beklee ook die posisie as deeltydse regter, wat as ‘n “Recorder in the Crown Court” en as ‘n adjunk-hooggeregshof-regter in die administratiewe hof. Hy is verskeie male genooi om getuienis te lewer vir regskommissies en uitgesoekte komitees in verskeie jurisdiksies. Daarbenewens is hy ‘n advokaat, sowel as ‘n Akademiese advokaat van die Inner Temple met kamers in Londen en ‘n advokaat van die Hooggeregshof van Suid-Afrika.

  • Professor Dire Tladi

Dire Tladi holds an LLB from the University of Pretoria, an LLM from the University of Connecticut and a PhD from Erasmus University.  He is formerly an Associate Professor at the University of South Africa and has also taught at the University of Pretoria.  He serves as Principal State Law Adviser for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and is currently on assignment as the Legal Adviser for the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.  He is a member of the International Law Commission. He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books, mainly in the area of international law.

Professor Dire Tladi spesialiseer in Internasionale Reg en is deel van die Departement Publiekreg en die Instituut vir Internasionale en Vergelykende Reg in Afrika, Universiteit van Pretoria. Hy dien as die Hoofstaatsregsadviseur vir Internasionale Reg van die Suid-Afrikaanse Departement van Internasionale Betrekkinge en Samewerking sowel as die Suid-Afrikaanse Missie tot die Verenigde Nasies. Sy akademiese fokusarea bestaan uit internasionale publiekreg, internasionale omgewingsreg en internasionale kriminele reg. Op 1 Januarie 2012 begin sy vyf jaar termyn as lid van die Verenigde Nasies se Internasionale Regskommissie. Daarmee saam vorm hy deel van die span van regskenners wat die bemiddelingspan van die voormalige Presidente Chissano (Mosambiek), Mbeki (Suid-Afrika) en Mogae (Botswana) adviseur, oor die grensgeskil sedert 2013 tussen Malawi en Tanzanië. Dire Tladi tree ook op as konsultant vir Pew Charitable Trusts on Oceans en Law of the Sea.

  • Professor Geoff Budlender

Geoff Budlender SC is a human rights advocate, practising in Cape Town, with clients ranging from the government to social justice organisations. In particular, his areas of practice and expertise include: administrative law, constitutional law, environmental law, housing and land, local government or planning, public procurement and mining.  In 1979, he co-founded the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest and human rights legal service for marginalized populations in South Africa. He was the organisation’s national director from 1994-1996, and led its Constitutional Litigation Unit from 2000-2004. From 1996-2000, he was director general of the Department of Land Affairs in the administration of President Nelson Mandela. He has also delivered judgments as an acting judge in the Witwatersrand Local Division, Cape Provisional Division and the Western Cape High Court. He is also the author of numerous publications including, chapters in books and academic articles. Specifically, he also delivered the 9th Annual Human Rights Lecture, organised by the H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law and the Stellenbosch University Law Faculty, which focused on how the right to equality in the Constitution could be used more effectively to address the systemic inequalities in people’s access to socio-economic rights.

Senior Advokaat Geoff Budlender is ‘n menseregte-advokaat wat in Kaapstad praktiseer, met kliënte wat wissel van die regering tot maatskaplike geregtigheidsorganisasies. Sy spesialiteitsvelde sluit in die besonder, administratiefreg, grondwetgewing, omgewingsreg, behuising en grond, plaaslike regering of beplanning, openbare verkryging en mynbou, in. In 1979 het hy die Legal Resources Centre – ‘n openbare belang en menseregte regsdienste sentrum – vir gemarginaliseerde bevolkings in Suid-Afrika, gestig. Hy was nasionale direkteur van 1994-1996 en het die Constitutional Litigation Unit vanaf 2000-2004 gelei. Van 1996-2000 was hy direkteur-generaal van die Departement van Grondsake van President Nelson Mandela. Hy het ook uitsprake ​​as waarnemende regter in die Witwatersrandse plaaslike afdeling, Kaapse provinsiale afdeling en die Wes-Kaapse Hooggeregshof, gelewer. Hy is ook die skrywer van talle publikasies, insluitend hoofstukke in boeke en akademiese artikels. Hy het ook die negende Jaarlikse Menseregte-lesing gelewer, georganiseer deur die HF Oppenheimer-leerstoel in Menseregte van die Universiteit Stellenbosch Regsfakulteit. Die lesing het gefokus op hoe die reg van gelykheid in die Grondwet doeltreffend aangewend kan word om die sistemiese ongelykhede onder mense se toegang tot sosio-ekonomiese regte, aan te spreek.