Stephan Van der Merwe

Senior Prokureur, Notaris Publiek en Lektor / Senior Attorney, Notary Public and Lecturer

BComm LLB LLM PGDip Higher Education Teaching and Learning (Stell)

  • Praktiese Regsopleiding, Algemene Siviele Reg, Navorsing en Statistiek / Practical Legal Training, General Civil Law, Research and Statistics
  • E-pos / E-mail:  sjhvdm@sun.ac.za

 


 

Stephan van der Merwe het gedurende 2001 by die Regskliniek, Universiteit van Stellenbosch aangesluit as praktiserende prokureur, nadat hy sy klerkskap in die privaat praktyk voltooi het.  Vroeër het hy aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch gradueer met ʼn B Comm LLB en gedurende 2002 het hy ‘n Gevorderde Sertifikaat in Kinderreg verwerf.  Gedurende 2005 het hy ‘n LLM (cum laude) behaal en in 2007 gekwalifiseer hy as notaris publiek en prokureur met reg van verskyning in die Hooggeregshof.  Gedurende 2017 verwerf hy ʼn Nagraadse Diploma in Hoër Onderwys Onderrig en Leer (cum laude).

Stephan is intensief betrokke by gemeenskapsdiens in sy hoedanigheid as die senior toesighoudende prokureur by die Regskliniek. Gedurende die vroeë 2000’s was sy werk instrumenteel om die rente-bedrog bloot te stel wat uiteindelik tot die ondergang van Saambou Bank aanleiding gegee het. Hy het ook uitgebreide ervaring met die verteenwoordiging van skuldenaars in tersydestelling van vonnis en besoldigingsbeslagleggingsbevele sake en sy praktykswerk en navorsing in hierdie verband was waardevol in die samestelling van die applikante se saak in die Konstitusionele Hof van University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic & others v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services & Others; Association of Debt Recovery Agents NPC v Clinic & Others; Mavava Trading 279 (Pty) Ltd & Others v Clinic & Others [2016] ZACC 32.

Stephan het ʼn aantal artikels in geakkrediteerde joernale publiseer en sy akademiese belangstelling lê by Kliniese Regsopleiding. Hy bied Praktiese Regsopleiding en Regsvaardighede by die Regsfakulteit, Universiteit van Stellenbosch aan.

Stephan van der Merwe joined the Law Clinic, University of Stellenbosch as practising attorney in 2001, after serving his articles of clerkship in private practice.  Earlier he graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a B Comm LLB and during 2002 he obtained an Advanced Certificate in Children’s Rights.  In 2005 he obtained an LLM (cum laude) and during 2007 he qualified as notary public and attorney with right of appearance in the High Court.  In 2017 he obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (cum laude).

Stephan is deeply involved with community service in his capacity as the senior supervising attorney at the Law Clinic.  During the early 2000’s his work was instrumental in exposing the interest fraud which eventually led to the demise of Saambou Bank.  He also has extensive experience representing debtors in rescission of judgment and emoluments attachment order cases and his practice and research in this regard proved valuable in framing the applicant’s case in the Constitutional Court matter of University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic & others v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services & Others; Association of Debt Recovery Agents NPC v Clinic & Others; Mavava Trading 279 (Pty) Ltd & Others v Clinic & Others [2016] ZACC 32.

Stephan has published a number of articles in accredited journals and his academic field of interest is Clinical Legal Education. He lecturers Practical Legal Training and Legal Skills at the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch.

Publikasies / Publications

  • “Simulated exercises” – Chapter accepted for publication in soon to be published ‘South African University Law Clinic Association Handbook’ (J Bodenstein editor)
  • “Civil trial advocacy” – Chapter accepted for publication in soon to be published ‘South African University Law Clinic Association Handbook’ (J Bodenstein editor)
  • A Case Study in Advocating for Expanded Clinical Legal Education: The University of Stellenbosch Module. 2017 28(3) Stell LR 679-701
  • Cautioning the careless writer: The importance of accurate and ethical legal writing.  2014 Journal for Juridical Science 39(2):23‑52
  • Lacking proper judgment? Letter to editor: De Rebus January 2013
  • “Objections in Civil Litigation by P van den Heever” 2011 22(1) Stell LR 228 – 230 [Book review]
  • Failure to discharge.  A discussion of the insufficient legal recourse afforded to judgment debtors in the South African context. 2008 Journal for Juridical Science Special Issue: 71 – 86
  • “Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers by CG Marnewick” 2005 16(1) Stell LR 165 – 167 [Book review]

Referate en lesings by nasionale en internasionale forums / Papers and lectures at national and international forums

  • “Rise of the robot lawyers: Employing Double Robot Technology in Clinical Legal Education” delivered at the 1st African Digital University Network Colloquium in Stellenbosch on 17 to 18 April 2018.
  • “Whats wrong with the present state of legal reasoning?” delivered at the 3rd International Advocacy Training Council Conference in Stellenbosch on 2 to 3 April 2018.
  • “Changing lives and (occasionally) changing the law: An illustration of the work of University Law Clinics” delivered at the Regent Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen University, Scotland on 22 November 2017.
  • “Some Reflections on Teaching Legal Skills Through Clinical Legal Education (CLE)” delivered at Coventry University, England on 15 November 2017.
  • “Changing lives and (occasionally) changing the law: An illustration of the work of University Law Clinics” – Keynote addres delivered at the Partnerships in Clinical Legal Education Conference at Coventry University, England on 15 November 2017.
  • “The present legal challenges in the South African Emolument Attachment Order landscape” delivered at the Dullah Omar Institute Community Engagement Conference at the University of the Western Cape on 2 to 3 August 2017.
  • “A discussion of the legal environment relating to Emolument Attachment Orders (“EAO’s”) before and after The University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic & 15 Others vs The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services & 17 Others” delivered at the 29th Annual Labour Law Conference at Kempton Park, Johannesburg on 24 to 25 August 2016.
  • “Failure to discharge.  A discussion of the insufficient legal recourse afforded to judgment debtors in the South African context” delivered at the 5th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference, held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on 9 to 11 July 2007.

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