Dr Bernard Wessels

Senior Lecturer/Senior Dosent 

BA (Hons) LLB (Stell) BCL (Oxon) LLD (Stell)


Bernard Wessels obtained his BA (Humanities) (cum laude), BA (Hons) (Afrikaans and Dutch) (cum laude) and his LLB (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch. He completed his articles of clerkship at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc in 2010 and was admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa in Cape Town in 2010. In 2012 he joined the Law Faculty as a lecturer. He currently teaches Private Law 373 (law of delict) and is also involved in the LLM in Comparative Private Law. In 2014 he obtained his BCL degree (first) from the University of Oxford (University College) and in 2018 he obtained his LLD degree from the University of Stellenbosch. The title of the dissertation was: ‘Developing the South African law of delict the creation of a statutory compensation fund for crime victims’.

Modules taught

Law of delict

Fields of specialisation

Law of delict, Comparative law and legal history

Bernard Wessels het ʼn BA (Geesteswetenskappe) (cum laude), BA (Hons) (Afrikaans en Nederlands) (cum laude) asook sy LLB (cum laude) grade aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch verwerf. Hy het sy klerkskap by Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc in 2010 voltooi en is daarna as ʼn prokureur van die Hooggeregshof van Suid-Afrika in Kaapstad toegelaat. In 2012 is hy as ʼn dosent by die Fakulteit Regsgeleerdheid aangestel. Hy doseer tans Privaatreg 373 (deliktereg) en is ook betrokke by die LLM-module in Regsvergelykende Privaatreg. In 2014 het hy sy BCL-graad (met onderskeiding) aan die Universiteit van Oxford (University College) ontvang en in 2018 verwerf hy sy LLD-graad aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Die onderwerp van sy proefskrif was “Developing the South African law of delict: The creation of a statutory compensation fund for crime victims”.

Modules aangebied

Deliktereg

Areas van belangstelling

Deliktereg, Regsvergelyking en regsgeskiedenis

Publications/Publikasies



Chapters in books/Hoofstukke in boeke

  • Wessels AB “Harm arising from medical malpractice in South Africa” in D Bach-Golecka (ed) Compensation schemes for damages caused by healthcare and alternatives to court proceedings (part of Springer (Ius Comparatum – Global Studies in Comparative Law series)) (forthcoming: 2019).
  • Wessels AB & R Midgley “Introduction” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB & R Midgley, “Delict and the Constitution” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • AB Wessels, “Liability in Contract Excluding Delict” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “Exemption Clauses” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “Interference with Contractual Relations in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “Breach of a Statutory Duty” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “Injury or Death of Another Person” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “Legal and Public Policy Considerations that have Justified the Statutory Development of the Law of Delict” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wessels AB “The Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996” in R Midgley & MM Loubser (eds) The Law of Delict in South Africa 3 ed (2017), United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Journal articles/Joernaalartikels 

  • Wessels AB “Bénédict Winiger, Responsibility, Restoration and Fault” (2019) 23 Edinburgh Law Review 286-288.
  • Wessels AB “The expansion of the state’s liability for harm arising from medical malpractice: underlying reasons, deleterious consequences and potential reform” (2019) 1 Tydskrif vir die Suid Afrikaanse Reg 1-24.
  • Wessels AB “The role played by trust in imposing vicarious liability on the state for the intentionally-committed violent crimes of police officers” (2018) 4 Tydskrif vir die Suid Afrikaanse Reg 868-822.
  • Wessels AB “Reconsidering the legal position of victims of violent crime: DN v MEC for Health 2014 (3) SA 49 (FB); MEC for Health v DN 2015 (1) SA 182 (SCA)” (2015) 36 Obiter.
  • Wessels AB “Visser & Potgieter: Law of Damages 3 ed by JM Potgieter, L Steynberg & TB Floyd. Juta & Co Ltd 2012” (2013) 3 Stellenbosch Law Review 645-647.
  • Wessels AB “Alternatiewe benaderings ten opsigte van feitelike kousaliteit in die deliktereg” (2013) 3 Litnet Afrikaans 68-112.
  • Wessels AB “Faktore en beleidsoorwegings by die bepaling van ’n kontraksparty se regsplig teenoor ’n derde party: ’n kritiese bespreking van Viv’s Tippers (Pty) Ltd v Pha Phama Staff Services (Pty) Ltd t/a Pha Phama Security 2010 4 SA 455 (HHA)” (2012) 3 Litnet Afrikaans 204-236.

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