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.

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: 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.

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law's Senior Scholarship Prize

The Faculty is proud of its Extraordinary Professor, Jonathan Verschuuren from the University of Tilburg who is the recipient of the 2017 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law's Senior Scholarship Prize. Prof Verschuuren has written more than 200 publications in the fields of environmental law, including many articles in outstanding... read more

Symposium on Statelessness

Forthcoming Symposium on Statelessness - CALL FOR PAPERS

Symposium Co-Organised By the North-West University (NWU) and The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on The International Human Right to a Nationality, the Prevention of Statelessness, and the Protection of Stateless Individuals in The 21st Century Dates: October 31 – November 2, 2017; Venue: North-West University (NWU), Mafikeng Campus; Mafikeng, North-West, South Africa.... read more

Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene

Now Published - Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene Edited by Louis J Kotzé

Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene

Edited by Louis J Kotzé

The era of eco-crises signified by the Anthropocene trope is marked by rapidly intensifying levels of complexity and unevenness, which collectively present unique regulatory challenges to environmental law and governance. This volume sets out... read more

First publishers acknowledged

First publishers acknowledged

A total of 40 staff members of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus received recognition for their first publication of a research article.This event is held annually to welcome staff members into the ranks of research publishers. Prof Susan Visser, Vice-Rector: Research and Planning, said that everyone is now at the beginning of their research career where great things lie in the future. “It is never too late to start with research – the secret is to just start.” The rector, Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, said that he still remembered the feeling of satisfaction when... read more