2017 Juta Law Prize

Johannesburg candidate attorney, Alecia Pienaar, won the 2017 Juta Law Prize for best candidate attorney article for her article titled ‘Overview of air quality regulatory developments’ published in 2017 (Dec) DR 38. Her article discussed how climate change has been on the agenda since 1993 when South Africa (SA) first became a signatory to the United Nations Framework. She said the ratifications of the Paris Agreement in November 2016 has introduced a spur of developments to the air quality regulatory... read more

Executive Dean: Faculty of Law

Executive Dean: Faculty of Law

Prof Stephen de la Harpe

Prof De la Harpe holds a BA Law and LLB from the University of Pretoria (UP), a BCom from UNISA, LLM with spesialisation in Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Practice from UP, an LLD from UNISA and a PGDip in dispute resolution from the University of Stellenbosch.

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ATKV|SA Academic Award 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Barnard member of the Faculty of  Law, North-West University, Potchefstroom  Campus,  who has been awarded an academic prize for her article (Afrikaanse titel) which was published in Litnet Akademies Issue 13(3), 2016.

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Prof Willemien du Plessis is on Gender & Mining panellist

Prof Willemien du Plessis will be panellist on Gender & Mining at the Mineral Law in Africa (MLIA) Colloqium V in Nairobi Kenya from 28 Feb to 2 March.

Two Faculty's PhD researchers

Two of the Faculty's PhD researchers are currently attending training at the Tilburg University, Netherlands. ... read more

Welcome from the Office of the Acting Dean

Dear student

I would like to welcome you to the Faculty of Law for the 2018 academic year.  This year will once again, on various levels, be an exciting one. The political changes, weather, economic realities, free higher education, international developments and many other factors will ensure that we are not bored.

One of our mail goals for 2018 is the implementation of the LLB Improvement Plan. It will take hard work from the lecturers and students alike. I have no doubt that we will successfully implement it to the advantage of every one.... read more

Global Climate Change Week - Updates

The Faculty of Law of NWU in collaboration with Faculty  of Engineering and Faculty of Natural Sciences, SLCP and Enactus hosted the 2017 Global Climate Change Week in which there was a book display at the  Ferdinand Postma Library, Awareness campaign in front of the Faculty of Law, student debate and Public Lecture on Climate Change issues. See and Like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/climatechangenwu/


Global Cimate Change Week

Global Climate Change Week: Climate change is a reality and so are its impacts. 9 - 15 October 2017
Monday 9 - 15 October  2017 -Climate Change Books display in the Ferdinand Postma Library
Thrusday 12 October 2017
12:30 - 14:00  Awareness campaign: Building F5, Faculty of Law, NWU
18:00 - 20:00 Public Lecture: Moot Court, Building F5, Room 110. Faculty of Law
Speakers: 18:00 - 18:20 Ncobile Nkosi
                    18:20 - 18:40 Markus Koehn
                    18:40 - 19:00 Dr Michelle Barnard
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Prof Leonie Stander speaks at International INSOL Conference in Warsaw Poland

Prof Stander will  be deliver a presentation entitled "Comparison: SA business rescue procedure" at the International INSOL conference in Warsaw Poland on 4 October 2017.

Dr Mwanawina has been selected

Dr Mwanawina has been selected to jointly participate in an interdisciplinary Research Project “Steering Regional Development through Regional Economic Communities in Africa: Legal, Economic and Political Instruments”.
This forms part of an initiative by the Tanzanian‐German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies (TGCL) in co-operation with the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law ... read more

All African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

26th Edition of the All African Human Rights Moot Court Competition - 18 - 23 September - Team NWU with representatives from the Mafikeng, Vanderbijlpark and Potchefstroom Campuses
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Oliver Fuo has been awarded a TWAS-DFG

Dr Oliver Fuo has been awarded a TWAS-DFG co-operation award for scientists from sub Saharan Africa for a three months study at Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Congratulations Oliver. We are very proud of you and very happy for you.


Prof Christa Rautenbach received an invitation to be a member of an evaluation committee

Prof Christa Rautenbach received an invitation to be a member of an evaluation committee to review some of the applications in the ‘Framework Programme for the Humanities, Cultural Sciences and Social Sciences’ launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF) in 2012. She will also participate in the review panel which is scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 11-12 September 2017.

Roman Mauger, a research fellow at the North-West University received his PhD in Law

Roman Mauger, a research fellow at the North-West University received his PhD in Law from the University of Montpellier on 8 September. He defended  his thesis successfully.

His examination jury underlined that he was a "global researcher" because of the time he spent on his research in South Africa and at the North-West University. He was also praised for delivering papers at international conferences while writing his thesis.  He and Dr Paola Villavicencio, a post-doctoral fellow of the North-West University organised a successful climate change week at the North-West... read more

Prof Anél du Plessis was selected

Prof Anél du Plessis was selected by the Governing Board of the International IUCN Academy of Environmental Law to serve a three year-term on its Teaching and Capacity Building Committee. The committee comprises of 8 environmental law scholars from different universities. The Committee is responsible for teaching and university-level capacity building in environmental law worldwide, with special attention to developing countries and countries in transition.

SLCP: Chairperson 2017/2018

Currently I am a first year LLB student. After being part of the SLCP sub-committee at the beginning of this year, I decided to apply for the position of chairperson because I felt that I have the necessary qualities to take over from my predecessor and achieve the vision that I have for my term as chairperson.

My vision for this term is:  “to dedicate myself to serving in my capacity as chairperson, strive towards achieving unity amongst my peers, embracing diversity, fulfilling whatever tasks that are required of me with the greatest enthusiasm and applying ethical principles... read more

Prof Louis Kotze elected to serve as a key member

Prof. Louis Kotze has been elected to serve as a key member of the global Earth System Law Task Force. Consisting of world leading scholars, including the father of the Earth system governance theory Prof. Frank Biermann, the Task Force is situated in the University of Utrecht's Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and it will make a significant contribution to formulating the new parameters of Earth system law. See for further details: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/research/taskforce-... read more

Prof Anél du Plessis - For a more sustainable South Africa

All South Africans have an enforceable right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being and, despite being a water scarce country, every South African has a right to the access of clean drinking water. “We have some of the best environmental laws in the world but a traditional lack of compliance and enforcement has diluted the system,” said Professor Anél du Plessis of the Faculty of Law, North-West University (NWU) where she is heading the Masters Programme in Environmental Law and Governance.... read more

Dr Paola Villavicencio awarded the Best Presentation Prize

Dr Paola Villavicencio was awarded the "Best Presentation Prize" for the  paper she delivered during the 5th Annual NWU Post doc Conference held at the Sports Village, Potchefstroom Campus, on the 2nd of August 2017. The event was organised by the Post-doctoral Committee of the Potchefstroom Campus and supported by the Office of the Vice Rector: Research & Planning together with the International Office. (klink of dit twee afsonderlike afdelings is)
The presentation entitled "The challenge to take rights of Nature seriously in Bolivia" analyses... read more

"Implementation of Constitutional" - A new book is published

A book to which Professor Louis J Kotze and Caiphas Brewsters Soyapi served as both editors and contributors has just been published by UNEP. The book examines new frontiers in the implementation of constitutional, international, and regional rights-based approaches to promote environmental protection. Much gratitude goes to the faculty as a whole for the support and to some specific faculty members for the contributions. These include Dr Paola Villavicencio Calzadilla, Prof Anél du Plessis, Dr WD Lubbe and Michelle Barnard.