Prof Theo Broodryk

Professor & Manager, Law Clinic/ Professor & Bestuurder, Regskliniek

BA LLB (Stell), LLD




Prof Theo Broodryk is a Professor and Manager of the Law Clinic. He obtained the degrees BA, LLB and LLD from Stellenbosch University. Theo is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a Y1 NRF rated researcher and the author of Eckard’s Principles of Civil Procedure in the Magistrates’ Court. He is a Senior Researcher at the Ius Commune Research School in the programme ‘Foundations and Principles of Civil Procedure in Europe’, a Beaufort (Colenso) Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, and previously attended Stanford Law School as a Visiting Scholar. Theo has received numerous funding awards, including the MJ & HB Thom research funding award and an NRF Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration funding award. He has been institutionally recognised for his research contributions, including being one of the University’s researchers who made the biggest contribution to Department of Higher Education and Training accredited scientific publications (2014 output year). Theo has received the Rector’s Award for outstanding work performance. He is a member of the International Association of Procedural Law. His research focus is collective redress, including class actions. Theo is also certified as an arbitrator by the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and obtained a certificate in advanced labour law from the University of South Africa’s Centre for Business Law. In 2020, Theo was awarded the prestigious Georg Forster Fellowship Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He also serves as a member of the South African Rules Board for Courts of Law (with effect from 2022). Theo was promoted to full Professor in January 2024.


Modules taught

Civil Procedure

Legal Skills

Global Litigation (LLM)

Fields of specialisation

Collective redress; class actions; civil procedure; dispute resolution; consumer protection


Accredited law journals

  • T Broodryk “A cause of action raising a triable issue in a class action: reconsidering the certification threshold” (2023: 2) TSAR 270-282.
  • T Broodryk “The Appealability of Decisions to Certify Class Actions: Where Are We Now? A Proposed Approach Post Stellenbosch University Law Clinic and Others V Lifestyle Direct Group International (Pty) Ltd and Others (WCC)” (2023: 2) SALJ 263-284.
  • T Broodryk “Access to justice in South Africa: everyone’s right; an inaccessible ideal for many” (2023: 20(1)) Litnet Akademies (
  • T Broodryk “Access to Justice Through Class Action: The South African Case” in Law, Justice and Transformation, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law (2022) (LexisNexis).
  • T Broodryk “Inappropriately assessing appropriateness of class proceedings: Nkala v Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd (2021) South African Journal on Human Rights.
  • T Broodryk “Class action certification and constitutional claims: the South African case” (2020) Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law.
  • T Broodryk “Mediation as a tool to manage and resolve class actions” (2020) Stell LR 226-248.
  • T Broodryk “An empirical analysis of class actions in South Africa” (2020) Law, Democracy and Development 54-85.
  • T Broodryk & W de Vos “Fundamental procedural rights of civil litigants in Australia and South Africa: is there cause for concern?” (part 2) (2019) 4 TSAR 627-639.
  • T Broodryk & W de Vos “Fundamental procedural rights of civil litigants in Australia and South Africa: is there cause for concern?” (part 1) (2019) TSAR 425-449.
  • T Broodryk “The South African Class Action Mechanism: Comparing the Opt-out regime to the Opt-in regime” 22 (2019) PER.
  • T Broodryk “The South African Class Action vs Group Action as an Appropriate Procedural Device” (2019) Stell LR 6-32.
  • T Broodryk & W de Vos “Managerial judging and alternative dispute resolution in Australia: an example for South Africa to emulate?” part 2 (2018) TSAR 18-35.
  • T Broodryk “Individual issues and the class action mechanism: Determining damages in mass personal injury class actions” (2017) SALJ 4 821-846.
  • T Broodryk & W de Vos “Managerial judging and alternative dispute resolution in Australia: an example for South Africa to emulate?” part 1 (2017) TSAR 4 683-703.
  • T Broodryk “Strategic Considerations in Global Litigation: Comparing Judicial Case Management Approaches in South Africa with the United States” (2017) Stell LR 2 379-401.
  • T Broodryk “Giving notice to members of opt-out class actions” (2017) TSAR 3 498-510.
  • T Broodryk & C Golombick “Teaching Legal Writing Skills in the South African LLB Curriculum: The Role of the Writing Consultant” (2016) 3 Stell LR 535-553.
  • T Broodryk & M Buitendag “Writing-intensive courses across the law curriculum: developing law students‟ critical thinking and writing skills – a post-evaluation assessment” 2015 36(3) Obiter 615-630.
  • T Broodryk “The Erosion of the Principle of Orality in South African Civil Procedure: Fact or Fiction?” Speculum Juris (2014) 28 181-201.
  • T Broodryk “Writing-intensive courses across the law curriculum: developing law students’ critical thinking and writing skills” (2014) Obiter 34 453-466.
  • T Broodryk “Legal representation at the CCMA: Law Society of the Northern Provinces v Minister of Labour 2013 (1) BLLR 105 (GNP) and CCMA v Law Society, Northern Provinces 2013 (11) BLLR 1057 (SCA)” (2014) Obiter 35 393.

Chapters in books

  • T Broodryk “Class Actions in South Africa: a need for certainty” in B Fitzpatrick and R Thomas  (eds) Cambridge International Handbook of Class Actions (2021) Cambridge University Press.
  • T Broodryk “A developing mediation minnow: the South African perspective” in C Esplugues & L Marquis (eds) New Developments in Civil and Commercial Mediation: Global Comparative Perspectives Springer International Publishing (2015) 667-692.


  • Contributing author: T Broodryk Debt Collection: Fundamental Procedural Principles 1st edition (2022), LexisNexis.
  • Contributing author: T Broodryk Fundamental Principles of Civil Procedure 4th (2021), LexisNexis South Africa.
  • T Broodryk Eckard’s Principles of Civil Procedure in the Magistrates’ Courts 6th ed (2019), Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd.


  • T Broodryk Country Overview: South Africa, Global Class Actions Exchange (A collaboration between Stanford Law School, the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Tilburg University) 2020.
  • T Broodryk Class Action Litigation in South Africa, Max du Plessis, Johan Oxenham, Isabel Goodman, Luke Kelly and Sarah Pudifin-Jones (Eds.) TSAR (2018) 223-225 [Book review].
  • T Broodryk South African report titled “Class Actions in Competition Law” (a collaboration between Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), November 2017.
  • T Broodryk “Street Law: Practical Law for South Africans 3 ed by D McQuid-Mason” (2016) 27(1) Stell LR 203 [Book review].