Workshop Programme



19 August 2016


Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University


The first and second Workshops of 2014 and 2015, respectively, made groundbreaking progress in initiating and continuing the conversation between academics and other stakeholders at a national level on what can be done to develop law students’ writing skills. A committee was established at the conclusion of the 2015 Workshop to serve as a permanent structure to promote active engagement around the issue of writing development across all stakeholders in legal education. This was a watershed moment in the South African legal writing landscape.


This workshop is aimed at building on the success achieved by the previous workshops by dedicating the 2016 workshop to identifying potential models (similar to the United States’ Legal Writing Institute of which Prof Laurel Oates is the co-founder) for an organisation of legal writing development scholars and practitioners in South Africa.




19 AUGUST 2016
09h00 – 09h30 Registration
09h30 – 09h45 Opening address – Ms Chantelle Hough Louw
09h45 – 10h45 Current legal writing developments in the United States of America – Prof Laurel Oates
10h45 – 11h15 Tea
11h15 – 12h15 Session on the Legal Writing Institute (“LWI”): (why and how it was formed it, how it functions, how it contributes to the development of legal writing skills, how it is resourced etc.) – Prof Laurel Oates
12h15 – 13h30 Lunch
13h30 – 14h30 Feasibility analysis for an organisation of legal writing practitioners in South Africa – Prof Salim Nakhjavani and Ms Jean Moore
14h30 – 15h00 Tea
15h00 – 15h45 Discussion: Feasibility analysis
15h45 – 16h00 Closing – Prof Geo Quinot


2015 Workshop Programme

2014 Workshop Programme