Stephan Van der Merwe

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

BComm LLB LLM (cum laude) PGDip Higher Education Teaching and Learning (cum laude)

 


 

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 BComm 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 is a former secretary and treasurer of the South African University Law Clinic Association (SAULCA) and is currently a Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP), based at Georgia State University, USA. He has published a number of articles in accredited journals and his academic field of interest is Clinical Legal Education. He lecturers Civil Procedure, Practical Legal Training and Legal Skills at the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch.

Areas of specialisation 

General Civil Law and Research

Modules taught

Practical Legal Training 471

Law of Civil Procedure 371

Legal Skills 411

 

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 BComm 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 hoofsaaklik 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 is ’n voormalige sekretaris en tesourier van die South African University Law Clinic Association (SAULCA) en is huidiglik ‘n Genoot van die National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP), gebasseer te Georgia State University, VSA. Hy het ‘n aantal artikels in geakkrediteerde joernale gepubliseer en sy akademiese belangstelling lê by Kliniese Regsopleiding. Hy bied Praktiese Regsopleiding en Regsvaardighede by die Regsfakulteit, Universiteit van Stellenbosch aan.

Areas van belangstelling

Algemene Siviele Reg en Navorsing

Modules aangebied 

Praktiese Regsopleiding 471

Siviele Prosesreg 371

Regsvaardighede 411

 

Publications/Publikasies 

Journal articles/Joernaalartikels 

  • Van der Merwe SE “Traversing the South African Emolument Attachment Order Legal Landscape Post 2016: Quo Vadis?” (2019) 30 Stellenbosch Law Review 77-96.
  • Van der Merwe SE “Contemporary challenges facing law clinics” (2018) De Rebus 15-16.
  • Van der Merwe SE, B Richards-Bray, S Hardy & A East “Robots and the Law” (2018) 12 European Foundation for Management Development Global Focus Journal 46-49.
  • Van der Merwe SE “A Case Study in Advocating for Expanded Clinical Legal Education: The University of Stellenbosch Module” (2017) 28 Stellenbosch Law Review  679-701.
  • Van der Merwe SE “Cautioning the careless writer: The importance of accurate and ethical legal writing” (2014) 39 Journal for Juridical Science 23‑52.
  • Van der Merwe SE “Lacking proper judgment? Letter to editor” (2013) De Rebus.
  • Van der Merwe SE “Objections in Civil Litigation by P van den Heever” (2011) 22 Stell LR 228-230.
  • Van der Merwe SE “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.
  • Van der Merwe SE “Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers by CG Marnewick” (2005) 16 Stell LR 165-167.

Chapters in books/Hoofstukke in boeke

  • Van der Merwe SE “Simulated exercises” in J Bodenstein (ed) Law Clinics and the Clinical Law Movement in South Africa (2017), Cape Town: Juta & Co.
  • Van der Merwe SE “Civil trial advocacy in J Bodenstein (ed) Law Clinics and the Clinical Law Movement in South Africa (2017), Cape Town: Juta & Co.

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

  • Van der Merwe SE What are Legal Ethics & Why Do They Matter When Addressing Injustice? (2018) unpublished paper presented at a the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP) hosted by Fall Workshop at the Melbourne University, 04-06-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Framing Ethics & Professionalism in a Climate of Uncivility (2018) unpublished paper presented at a the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIFTEP) hosted by Fall Workshop at the Melbourne University, 04-06-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Intentional about impact: Changing lives and laws through the work of University Law Clinics (2018) unpublished paper presented for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference held at Monash University in Melbourne, 28 to 30-11-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE & A East Advocacy in clinical legal education: presenting real life cases in real life tribunals (2018) unpublished paper presented for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference held at Monash University in Melbourne, 28 to 30-11-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Towards empirical validation of theoretical assumptions in Clinical Legal Education (2018) unpublished paper presented at the SU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference at Somerset West, 30 to 31-10-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Inculcating ethics in the LLB curriculum: The question is not why, but how? (2018) umpublished paper presented at the Regional Teaching and Learning Conference of the Law Faculties of UCT, UWC and Stellenbosch University, 13-09-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Advocating for expanded clinical legal education (2018) unpublished paper delivered at the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic Conference in Stellenbosch, 19 – 20-07-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Early Steps in Employing Double Robot Technology in Clinical Legal Education (2018) unpublished paper presented at the 4thWriting Skills in Legal Education Conference in Somerset West, 20 – 21-06-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Rise of the robot lawyers: Employing Double Robot Technology in Clinical Legal Education (2018) presented at the 1st African Digital University Network Colloquium in Stellenbosch, 17 to 18-04-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Whats wrong with the present state of legal reasoning? (2018) delivered at the 3rd International Advocacy Training Council Conference in Stellenbosch, 02 to 03-04-2018.
  • Van der Merwe SE Changing lives and (occasionally) changing the law: An illustration of the work of University Law Clinics (2017) unpublished paper presented at the Regent Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen University Scotland, 22-11-2017.
  • Van der Merwe SE Some Reflections on Teaching Legal Skills Through Clinical Legal Education (CLE) (2017) unpublished paper presented at Coventry University England, 15-09-2017.
  • Van der Merwe SE Changing lives and (occasionally) changing the law: An illustration of the work of University Law Clinics (2017) unpublished paper presented at the Partnerships in Clinical Legal Education Conference at hosted by Coventry University in England, 15 -09-2017.
  • Van der Merwe SE The present legal challenges in the South African Emolument Attachment Order landscape (2017) unpublished paper presented atthe Dullah Omar Institute Community Engagement Conference at the University of the Western Cape, 2 to 3-08-2017.
  • Van der Merwe SE 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 (2016) presented at the 29th Annual Labour Law Conference at Kempton Park Johannesburg, 24 to 25-08-2016.
  • Van der Merwe SE Failure to discharge.  A discussion of the insufficient legal recourse afforded to judgment debtors in the South African context (2007) unpublished paper delivered at the 5th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand at Johannesburg, 9 to 11-09-2007.

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