Buitengewone & Ere-Professore / Extraordinary & Honorary Professors

Handelsreg / Mercantile Law
  • Adv Schalk Burger SC
  • Prof Ockert Dupper

Ockert Dupper is the Director of Accountability at the Fair Labor Association in Washington, DC. He was Professor of Law, University of Stellenbosch from 1996-2012 where he taught labour law and social security law. He was also the co-director of the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS). He has published widely on a number of topics, including employment discrimination, affirmative action, the extension of social protection, unemployment insurance, and the rights of migrant workers. He regularly consulted to the International Labour Organization (ILO), and as a consultant to the Institute for Social Law and Policy (ISLP) and the International Institute for Social Law and Policy (IISLP), he has been involved in a range of social security-related projects for various South African government departments and agencies. 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.

  • Prof Charl Hugo
  • Prof Andreas van Wyk

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.

  • Prof Manfred Weiss

Privaatreg / Private Law
    • Prof Stefan Vogenauer

Stefan Vogenauer is Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford, Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law. He received his legal education in Kiel, Paris, Oxford (Trinity College, MJur 1995, Clifford Chance and Herbert Hart Prizes) and Regensburg. He is a part-time lecturer at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg and a former Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Professor Vogenauer convenes the BCL/MJur course in ‘European Private law: Contract’. For his famous comparative and historical analysis of the interpretation of statutes in English, French, German and EU law he was awarded the Max Weber Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society in 2002, as well as the 2008 Prize of the German Legal History Conference.


Publiekreg / Public Law
  • Prof Laurie Ackermann (Ereprofessor / Honorary Professor)

Laurie Ackermann practised as an advocate at the Pretoria Bar from 1958 to 1980. He was appointed as judge of the Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court in 1980. He resigned from the Bench in 1987 and inaugurated the newly established Harry Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Stellenbosch. He accepted appointment to the Cape of Good Hope Division of the Supreme Court in 1993 and was appointed to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court in 1994. During his time on the Constitutional Court he chaired the library committee and became intimately involved in developing it into a world-class resource. He has authored a number of publications, including Human Dignity: Lodestar for Equality in South Africa (2012).

  • Prof Christopher Forsyth (Ereprofessor / Honorary Professor)

Christopher Forsyth is Professor of Public Law and Private International Law at the University of Cambridge. He is a leading international scholar in the fields of Administrative Law and Private International Law. His publications include Private International Law (1981), In Danger for their Talents: A study of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa from 1950 (1985), Judicial Review and the Constitution (2000) (as editor) and Administrative Law (10th ed, 2004) (co-authored with W Wade). He has a long record of effective involvement at the highest level in the administration of several important public bodies (including the University of Cambridge) and has a flourishing part-time practice as a barrister.

  • Prof 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.

  • Prof Christine van den Wyngaert

Christine van den Wyngaert is, since 2009, a permanent judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Before that she served as a judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a judge ad litem at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and a permanent judge at the ICTY (till 2009). Before her permanent judicial appointments she was professor of criminal law and international criminal law at Antwerp University, Belgium. She is the recipient of the Human Rights Prize of the Liga voor Mensenrechten (Human Rights League), Belgium. She received various honorary doctorates in Europe and the United States. She was also a visiting fellow at Cambridge University. She is the author of various books, scholarly articles and reports on criminal law and international criminal justice. Prof van den Wyngaert has a long association with Stellenbosch, and South Africa in general. In 1986 she served as an observer of the Human Rights League at the trial of the anti-apartheid activist Heleen Passtoors in Johannesburg.