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Ubuntu, Humanity and Good Faith / Equity as Flexible Principles in Law and Society in Southern Africa. - Appropriate Principles in an Ever-Changing World?-

Sept 2010

Mr Mwiza Nkhata, Mr Jacques Matthee and Adv Deline Smit

Sept 2010

Left to right: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, Dr Jacqui Gallinetti and Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen  

Sept 2010

Participants of the Kolleg

In conjunction with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany, the Faculty hosted a “Kolleg”, "Ubuntu, Humanity and Good Faith / Equity as Flexible Principles in Law and Society in Southern Africa - Appropriate Principles in asn Ever-Changing World?"from the 1-3 September. It was well attended by leading academics from Europe, Africa and South Africa.

The colloquium kicked off on a high note when Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, formerly from the Constitutional Court, delivered the key note address. Prof Frank Diedrich currently from Riga, Latvia, an extraordinary professor of the Faculty, introduced the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung to attendees of the colloquium.

On the 2nd and 3rd September the theme was covered by interesting and challenging presentations. Fields covered, included amongst others philosophy, bio-ethics, child- and family law, succession law, criminal law, company law and the influence of Ubuntu on legal and constitutional interpretation. The colloquium concluded by a round-table discussion where the lively discussion and difference of opinion that prevailed throughout still retained its momentum  

Faculty of Law presenting 18 books to Campus Rector Prof Herman van Schalkwyk

The Rector and Vice Rector Teaching and Learning visited the Faculty on 19 August 2010. At this occasion the dean presented the Rector with 18 books of which members of the faculty are the authors and co-authors. These books are destined for the Rector's show case.

Authors :  Prof F Venter, Prof G J Pienaar, Prof J A Robinson, Prof C Rautenbach, Prof LJ Kotze, Prof AA du Plessis Ms Debra Horsten and mr PG du Toit.

On the photograph from left to right are: Robbie Robinson, Louis Kotze, Herman van Schalkwyk, Anél du Plessis, Francois Venter en Gerrit Pienaar (absent: Christa Rautenbach, Debra Horsten and Pieter du Toit)


Law of Insolvency Colloquium

On Tuesday, 10 August 2010, a number of well-known academics in the field of Insolvency Law visited the Faculty to attend a colloquium the focus of which related to new developments in the law of insolvency. Its purpose was therefore to expose students to some important practical aspects. Speakers from abroad who attended the colloquium included the world renowned Prof Harry Rajak from the University of Sussex, England who specializes in cross-border insolvencies, and Adv Josef Kruger QC, an alumnus of the Faculty. Adv Kruger is currently a senior advocate who practices in Calgary, Canada and the theme of his presentation was “Restructuring insolvent companies in Canada”. In reply Prof Anneli Loubser from UNISA stated the South African perspective. Other presenters included Prof Kathleen van der Linde who discussed the liquidation of companies with reference to the new Companies Act and Proff André Boraine and Corlia van Heerden from the University of Pretoria whose contribution related to applications for sequestration and the new Credit Act. Also attending was a number of colleagues from other Universities.


1st row: Proff Leonie Stander (NWU), Corlia van Heerden (UP), Kathleen van der Linde (UJ), ms Jani van Wyk (UP)
2nd row: Ms Lezelle Jacobs (UV), Proff Stefan van Eck (UP), Francois Venter (NWU), Anneli Loubser (UNISA), Andre Boraine (UP), Harry Rajak (Sussex), Adv Josef Kruger (Kanada)
Prof Francois Venter and Adv Josef Kruger
Adv Josef Kruger

Faculty of Law host a Colloquium in Land Tenure 


From Left: prof. Gerrit Pienaar Faculty Law North West University,  dr. Rhoda Kadalie,  dr. Werner Böhler from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and prof. Madoda Zibi, from North West University.

Open day 2010

On the first May 2010 the University hosted it s annual open day.  Some 750 people comprising of parents and new students attended the Faculty’s presentation.  Active interaction between prospective

students and Faculty members took place in the Old Main Building and it was abundantly clear that there is a huge interest in studying Law at this Faculty.  Prof Robinson who conducted the proceedings emphasized the approach of the Faculty to consider students as junior colleagues.  He referred to the excellent results this policy holds for lecturers and students in various respects.  Specific mention was also made of the active international relations of the Faculty and the many advantages which flow from this for the students.  The Student Law Council of Potchefstroom played a major part in the success of the day and many parents commented on the friendly and professional way in which they were welcomed at the Faculty.




Markinor report

As part of an ongoing process to ensure quality levels of performance, the Faculty recently commissioned Ipsos Markinor to undertake a comprehensive loyalty/customer satisfaction investigation among key stakeholders being staff, students and alumni. This research is done with a view to put the Faculty in a position to better understand the perceptions of these key stakeholder segments. The report reflecting the findings of the alumni was published towards the end of 2009. Almost without exception the alumni are extremely positive about the Faculty and their training. Some of the findings are as follows;

  • 89% say that the qualifications offered by the Faculty developed their personal skills;
  • 97% convey that the qualifications obtained from the Faculty instill lasting and beneficial values;
  • 93% consider their qualifications as well-accepted in the job market;
  • 91% state that the knowledge gained from the Faculty is very useful in the job market;
  • 85% say that the skills attained from the Faculty give them confidence to perform the tasks of their current profession;
  • 93% are satisfied with the Faculty;
  • 96% feel that the Faculty is the preferred place to obtain a law degree;
  • 87% perceive the Faculty as one of the top tertiary institutions to graduate from;
  • 97% feel proud to be associated with the Faculty;
  • 87% indicate that they are likely to employ a recent graduate from the Faculty as a new member of staff

 Josef Kruger an alumnus and previous Colleague of the Faculty


It was with a great measure of pride that the Faculty learned of the appointment of an alumnus and previous colleague of the Faculty, Josef Kruger, as Queen’s Counsel in Alberta, Canada. Josef commenced with articles in 1980 and was admitted to the Bar in South Africa in 1983. He practiced as an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar until 1998. He moved to Canada in 1998 where he joined the Alberta Bar.  He is currently a partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the regional manager of the commercial litigation group of the partnership. His areas of practice include bankruptcy and insolvency, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Selection by peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring) and the Martindale-Hubbell BV Peer Review Rating serve as recognition for his outstanding achievements. Josef is also a member of numerous national and international professional boards and bar associations.




Josef Kruger        

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