Prof Anél du Plessis is presenting a Public Lecture

Prof Anél du Plessis is presenting a Public Lecture jointly hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam) and the Freie Universität, Berlin on 26 June 2018. 

The paper titled: "Domestication of the Paris Agreement in South Africa: The Role of Cities" is co-authored by Mr Andrew Gilder, Co-director of Climate Legal (

Prof Oliver Fuo is attending the Global Youth Intensive Program

Prof Oliver Fuo is attending the Global Youth Intensive Program of Young Constitutional Law Scholars, from 23-29 June 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. This Programme is organised by the Organizing Committee of the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law and provides a platform for 28 leading young scholars from 16 countries to deliberate on how constitutionalism fosters the globalisation of human rights and humanitarianism in South Korea and represented countries. Prof Fuo also presented a paper in Workshop 17 of the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law that took... read more

Appointments to the Faculty Management Committee

The following appointments were made for a period of five years:

  • Deputy Director Undergraduate Programmes Vaal Triangle Campus: Prof Ilya Mwanawina
  • Director Professional Development and Community Engagement: mrs Rene Koraan
  • Deputy Director Undergraduate Programmes Mafeking Campus: mr Tjaart Viljoen
  • Acting Director Research: Prof Anél du Plessis has been appointed pending the start of the Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability Research Chair.
  • Deputy Director Postgraduate Programmes Mafeking Campus: Prof Avitus Agbor... read more

New challenge for Prof Christa Rautenbach

Prof Christa Rautenbach from the Faculty of Law at the North-West University (NWU) has been appointed by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, as an advisory committee member in the South African Law Reform Commission: Project 144. The project is titled “Single Marriage Statute Including Measures against Sham Marriages”.

The purpose of Prof Rautenbach’s appointment is to participate in an investigation regarding... read more

Prof Anél du Plessis is awarded a Research Chair

The Faculty is excited to announce that it has just been awarded a Research Chair under the NRF South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChi). The Chair in "Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability" was secured by Prof Anél du Plessis who will direct its activities for the next five years. The Chair is jointly funded by Nedbank and the NRF. We are proud of Prof Anél du Plessis on this exceptional achievement.

International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) from 16-19 May 2018 in Durban

This year South Africa hosts the annual international conference of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) from 16-19 May 2018 in Durban. Former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs will deliver the keynote address, asking "Do you have to be white to be green?" in the context of environmental justice in countries in transition.

Four Faculty members are participating in the conference programme:

Prof Willemien du Plessis' presentation is on "Women and illegal mining in Africa". She will also participate in the panel on... read more


This prestigious prize recognizes contributions in jurisprudence in Afrikaans.  It is awarded triennially for : original publications in jurisprudence ; or full length articles of outstanding quality which have appeared in accredited law journals, as... read more

Prof Louis Kotze - Judge on the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) on Human Rights

Professor Louis Kotzé, Research Professor of Law, NWU and currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, UK, has been appointed as a judge on the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. The hearings will take place 14-18 May 2018. The PPT, headquartered in Rome, is an internationally recognized civil society human rights tribunal functioning independently of state authorities. It applies internationally recognized human... read more

Prof Klaus D Bieter - NWU Law Faculty

Prof. Klaus D. Beiter of the NWU Law Faculty, specialising in international human rights law, has been invited to lead a high profile panel discussion on academic freedom at the 2018 Scholars at Risk Network Global Congress, to be held from 23 to 26 April 2018 at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. The Congress is entitled "The University and the Future of Democracy" and is organised by Scholars at Risk, New York, together with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Freie Universität Berlin.

Inspire a future leader with Justice Leona Theron

Everyone is welcome to attend the public lecture presented by the Constitutional Court Judge, honourable Justice Leona Theron. The title of her presentation is: "Our responsibility towards social justice". The presentation is at 12:45 - 14:00 in the NWU Sanlam Ouditorium, 9 April 2018.

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.

He... read more

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 "Koolstofbelasting as voorgestelde ekologiese fiskale hervormingsmaatreël in Suid-Afrika"  [Carbon tax as a proposed ecological fiscal reform in South Africa] 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


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
                    19:00 - 19:40... read more

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.