Condolences on FW de Klerk passing away

Promotions of our Colleagues

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce the promotions of our colleagues:   To full professor: Prof Elmien du Plessis Prof Henk Kloppers. To associate professor: Dr Germarie Viljoen To senior lecturer: Dr Natasha Ravyse To lecturer: Mr Molebatsi Moremi Mr Lutendo Nenduani

Justice Bess Nkabinde

Justice Bess Nkabinde receives an honorary doctorate from the NWU

The North-West University (NWU) honoured Justice Bess Nkabinde with an honorary doctorate on 21 October 2021 for her exceptional contribution to the legal profession and to social justice in South Africa.

She was nominated by the Faculty of Law, with which she maintains close ties, not only for her significant contribution to our country’s jurisprudence but also for being a role model to many, especially women in the legal profession, locally and internationally.

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Alumnus Ockert Potgieter passed away

Dr Ockert Potgieter, a former alumnus of the Faculty of Law, passed away this week in Mossel Bay due to Covid-19 related pneumonia. He completed his B Com, LLB and LLD (right to work) degrees at the then Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (now North-West University). He received his B Com and LLB degrees cum laude. He also did a post-graduate diploma in Social Law at the University of Ghent, Belgium in conjunction with Stellenbosch University. He was a brilliant student and always full of life. He was appointed at the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) as a lecturer in labour law. He, however, decided to forsake the law to do missionary… read more

New Book: Global Jurisprudential Apartheid in the Twenty-First Century Flyer 2021


In Global Jurisprudential Apartheid in the Twenty-First Century: Universalism and Particularism in International Law, the contributors argue that the world is witnessing the formation of a global jurisprudential apartheid despite the promotion of democracy, equality, human rights, and humanitarianism. Examining organisations such as international criminal courts, the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations Security Council, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, the contributors unpack the challenges of global jurisprudential apartheid. In particular, they analyse the ways in which these organizations hold and contribute to the…

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Faculty of Law, North-West University

South Africa

The North West University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Law. Applicants interested in pursuing a legal academic career in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research, innovation, and community service at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers.

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South Africa Law Deans' Association (SALDA) Statement on Continuing Gender-Based Violence

We, the Law Deans of the South African Law Deans' Association (SALDA), are deeply distressed by the continued perpetration of gender-based violence, including femicide, in South Africa. The recent and brutal killing of Ms Nosicelo Mtebeni, a law student at the University of Fort Hare, is an urgent reminder that without immediate action, the constitutional rights to gender equality and freedom and security of one's person are meaningless.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Ms Mtebeni's family, friends, the staff and students at the University of Fort Hare.

SALDA calls for all organs of state, including…

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Gideon Rossouw

Our colleague, mr Gideon Rossouw, lecturer at the North-West University’s Mahikeng Campus passed away during the evening of 1 July 2021. Our condolences go to his family, colleagues and friends. He will be sorely missed.

A colleague from the Law Faculty wrote:
"For me the news was quite unexpected. I knew that he was in hospital with Covid as we regularly communicated. Gideon’s way was to be wonderfully passionate about things, sometimes even dramatic.
Gideon was not only my colleague at the Faculty, but a friend. We taught some modules together, he in Mafikeng, I in Potchefstroom. He also became a friend over the years.
What do I know about Gideon?…

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SA Copyright Academics Weigh in on Copyright Amendment Bill

South African Copyright Academics Weigh in on Copyright Amendment Bill


On the eve of a Parliamentary meeting to review the President’s Constitutional reservations, a group of leading copyright and constitutional academics have identified technical changes to meet all of the President’s concerns.

The South African Copyright Amendment Bill  has been stalled since the President sent it back to Parliament to consider revisions in light of reservations about its constitutionality. The President singled out the Bill’s provisions to guarantee remuneration to artists and to expand exceptions for educational, research, disability, and other public interest uses of…

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Prof Stephen de la Harpe, passed away

Prof Stephen de la Harpe, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, North-West University passed away on thursday, 18 February 2021. He has been in the ICU for the last six weeks.

The Faculty wants to convey its sincerest condolences to his wife, Hanri, their daughters, Kara, Shani, Lana and Janke, friends and colleagues. We want to thank them for sharing their husband and father with the Faculty these past few years.

He was always calm, happy and content with a deep love for his wife and children. He always had a kind word for everyone he met. Inherent he was a true lawyer and always challenged us and the students to think deeper, to come up with solutions rather than… read more