Huidige Studente / Current Students

Juridiese Vereniging / Juridicial Society

The Juridicial Society represents the interests of law students in the Faculty and in the University.  Its representatives serve on various Faculty committees, such as the Teaching & Learning Committee and the Programme Committee.  Members of the Juridicial Society also serve on the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Law and the Academic Affairs Council of the University.  Each year the Juridicial Society arranges a number of events including Law Week, Employers Week and a Moot Court.

Juridiese Vereniging 2018-2019 / Juridicial Society 2018-2019

Cat Walker (Voorsitter / Chairperson)

Zama Nkabinde (Onder Voorsitter / Vice Chair)

Kontakbesonderhede / Contact Details

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Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ)

The Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) is an organisation formed in partnership between students of the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, University of the North West, University of Kwazulu Natal, the University of Fort Hare and the University of Stellenbosch.

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Studentenuus / Student News

James Wewege – Submission to Parliament on the proposed State Liability Amendment Bill

James Wewege, a pre-final year BAccLLB student, recently provided the parliamentary portfolio committee for Justice and Correctional Development with his written submission in respect of the proposed State Liability Amendment Bill. These submissions are based on research completed for a LLB dissertation under the supervision of Dr Bernard Wessels. The committee invited James to present his submission in parliament on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

In summary, his submission had three key points. Firstly, James highlighted that, in terms of the proposed section 2A(3) of the Bill, periodic payments are subject to an annual increase in terms of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). He suggested that the Bill should make use of a more suitable alternative measure to allow for the function of accuracy, costs and practicality as the CPI may not be appropriate in the current circumstances. Secondly, according to the proposed section 2A(2)(b), a victim of harm arising from medical malpractice in the public healthcare sector will be directed to a public health establishment for medical services. However, the current reference to “public health establishment” is singular and not plural, which may give rise to unwarranted adverse consequences. In addition, constitutional rights such as the rights to freedom of trade, residence, movement and occupation may be infringed in the process. He provided alternative wording for the proposed Bill, which, if accepted, may avoid the violation of constitutional rights and provide greater certainty to future litigants and courts that adjudicate on this issue. Lastly, in terms of the proposed section 2A(2), a successful medical malpractice litigant may be asked to pay tax on the periodic payments which the state is obliged to make. Therefore, the tax treatment of the periodic payments requires thorough investigation in order to avoid any adverse implications for successful litigants who have already suffered harm at the hands of state malpractice. Essentially, James proposed an amendment to the Income Tax Act to avoid such adverse consequences.

James and Dr Wessels will convert these submissions, together with other research on the topic of state liability, into a full-length peer-reviewed academic article. In this way, James has contributed to the academic development of this area of the law, while also taking part in the formal process of law-making and providing valuable practical suggestions that may improve the current state of affairs.

The Faculty is very proud of his efforts!


Law students receive Rector’s Award

Stellenbosch University (SU)’s top students who excelled in areas such as academics, sports, leadership and social impact were honoured with Rector’s Awards for Excellent Achievement 2017 on Thursday (5 October 2017). The annual award ceremony took place at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). Cecile van Schalkwyk received the award for being the top master’s…

Final year students participate in African Human Rights Moot Court

Final year LLB students, Lerato Melato and Charissa Barden represented the Faculty at the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Mauritius in September 2017. They describe their experience as follows: “The 26th edition of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organized by the Centre for Human Rights together with the University of Mauritius, was…

Stellenbosch alumna awarded scholarship to study at Cambridge University

Miss Jenalee Harrison was awarded the Chevening Scholarship, as well as funding from Cambridge Trust to undertake a Master of Laws at Cambridge University. Miss Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry) and obtained her LLB degree from Stellenbosch University in 2014. In 2015 she worked as a Law Researcher…

Rhodes Scholarship awarded to LLB graduate

The Faculty congratulates Ms Emily van Heerden [BA (Law) cum laude, LLB cum laude] who has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.  Emily graduated from the Faculty in 2015 and is currently a candidate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright.  She hopes to pursue a career in constitutional law and plans to read for the Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) at Oxford…

Stellenbosch students win the 25th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The final round of the 25th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition was held at the Constitutional Court of South Africa on Saturday 8 October 2016. The finalist teams consisted of the top Francophone, top Lusophone and two top Anglophone teams who emerged from the preliminary rounds that were held on 3 and 4 October….

Hendri Herbst (LLB 3 year) participates in Rio Paralympics

The Faculty congratulates Mr. Hendri Herbst, one of our 3-Year LLB students, on his participation in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Mr. Herbst took part in the following events: The Men’s Swimming 50M Freestyle – S11; the 100m Freestyle – S11 and the 100m Backstroke – S11. Hendri has been hard at practice over the past…

Invitation to apply for postgraduate bursaries for 2017

Qualifying students wishing to pursue postgraduate research study (LLM (Research) or LLD) in the Faculty of Law in 2017 are invited to apply before 31 May 2016 for bursaries under the Dean’s Bursary Scheme. Details can be found in the attached advertisement.

Exams postponed / Eksamens uitgestel

All November/December 2015 exams in the Law Faculty in the LLB, BA(Law), BCom(Law) and BAccLLB programmes have been postponed by a week. / Alle November/Desember 2015 eksamens in die Regsfakulteit in die LLB, BA(Regte), BCom(Regte) en BRekLLB programme is met ‘n week uitgestel.  Below is an important message to all law students. / Hieronder is…

Winners: 2014 Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition

The Faculty congratulates Ms Sarah Vahed (LLM winner) and Ms Tamrynne Barnes (LLB runner up) for their sterling achievements in the 2014 Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition. Ms Vahed completed her LLM in 2014 and submitted her winning essay on “Protecting the child in a Pluralist State: Assessing the practice of Ukuthwala in South…