A former student of the NWU Faculty of Law, Adv Jannet Gildenhuys was appointed as Senior Counsel with effect from 30 July 2019.
Jannet completed her LLB degree (cum laude) at the NWU in 1993. She also completed her LLM at Emory University (Atlanta, USA) in 1996 and her LLD in 2002 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She joined the Pretoria bar in 1999 and specialises in various property law related fields such as... read more
Congratulations to Prof Christa Rautenbach who received her Humboldt Alumni Award from Dr Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany last night. We are extremely proud of you.
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to four Humboldt Alumni Awards to promote innovative networking initiatives of alumni of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship and award programmes.
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Dr Brews Soyapi, post-doctoral fellow at the NWU, has been invited as an expert to represent South Africa at the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment (Prof. David Boyd's) regional consultation to be held in Geneva at the UN from 20-21 June. This is an immense achievement and testimony to his expertise in human rights and the environment.
It is a closed expert meeting by invitation... read more
Ms Angela van der Berg (PhD Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the South African Research Chair:
Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES), NWU, Faculty of Law) has been selected to participate in a European-based summer school for postgraduate researchers. The summer school is fully funded by the organisers and will take place from 6 - 12 May at Hasselt University in Belgium. The summer school pertains to "Methods and strategies to monitor and manage human impact on urbanized protected areas (UPA)." It is an interdisciplinary, international summer school of... read more
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 (www.climatelegal.co.za)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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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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