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A FUTURE IN HUMAN RIGHTS? –  PANEL DISCUSSION IN HONOUR OF HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2019 / ’N TOEKOMS IN MENSEREGTE? – PANEELBESPREKING TER ERE VAN MENSEREGTEDAG 2019

Photo credit: Ms Nondu Phenyane, Faculty of Law

Lize-Mari Doubell and Christiaan Van Schalkwyk, LLM Candidates, Faculty of Law The discourse around human rights often takes place at a level of abstraction that is divorced from the lived reality of many South Africans. Law students are also confronted by the lack of engagement with human rights by legal practice, despite the fundamental human…

TPR Visiting Professorship / TPR Wisselleerstoel

On 12 March 2019, Professor Jacques du Plessis held his inaugural lecture as holder of the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht Wisselleerstoel at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. The TPR Wisselleerstoel is awarded to South African legal academics and entails that a recipient holds a visiting professorship at a Dutch or Belgian University. The inaugural lecture…

Postgraduate students present papers at Queer visualities conference

Three of our postgraduate students presented papers at the Queer visualities: African perspectives, other perspectives conference at North-West University in Potchefstroom from 27 February to 1 March. The annual conference aims to facilitate ongoing and productive platforms of discussion on the lived experiences of queerness in the global South. Johndré Barnes’ (LLM student) presentation considered…

Alumna graduates with distinction from Oxford University

    The Faculty congratulates Ms Emily van Heerden [BA (Law) cum laude, LLB cum laude (Stell)] who graduated with distinction from the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at Oxford University in 2018. Ms van Heerden is currently pursuing a MPhil (Law) degree at Oxford University. Die Fakulteit wens Me Emily van Heerden [BA (Regsgeleerdheid)…

Judge Nienaber passes away

The Faculty of Law notes with great sadness that Peet Nienaber (BA (Law) LLB (cum laude) Stellenbosch, DPhil Cambridge) recently passed away. Judge Nienaber was appointed to the then Appellate Division in 1990 where he served until 2002. In 2018 Judge Nienaber donated a wonderful collection of books to the Faculty of Law’s library, consisting…

Law Academic Awarded International Scholarship

Dr Theo Broodryk has, upon invitation, been awarded the prestigious Beaufort (Colenso) Scholarship by St John’s College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Dr Broodryk will conduct a research visit at Cambridge University during the 2019 Michaelmas term on the regulation of small amount credit and how the private law interacts with social policy and…

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…

Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe presents her inaugural lecture on how blockchain technology could be used to stem corruption

Blockchain technology could stem corruption in public procurement procurement spend is R800 billion – estimated that about 50% of this might be lost to corruption current safeguards have done little to curb corruption 50% of complaints submitted to Public Protector refer to problems with public procurement process blockchain technology both a digitised and decentralised public…

German students in our Law Faculty

It is well known among Stellenbosch students that the University accepts an overwhelming majority of German students each year compared with students from other countries. However, what many don’t know is that most of the full-degree German students enrolled at Stellenbosch University (SU) study the LLM or Masters of Law course. What many don’t know either…

SU Law Clinic: Settlement in Paralympian’s access case welcomed

The outcome of legal proceedings in which a settlement has been reached between the South African Paralympic athlete, Hendri Herbst and a well-known Cape winery, is not only a victory for visually impaired people, but will assist greatly in creating awareness of the rights of people with disabilities not to be discriminated against. This is…