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Department of Private Law

Welcome to the Department of Private Law




The Department of Private Law is responsible for teaching several of the core subjects in the LLB curriculum. The main subjects taught are Family Law and the Law of Persons in the first year, Law of Succession, Law of Contract and Legal Pluralism in the second year, Law of Things, Intellectual Property Law and Law of Delict in the third year and Private Law in the fourth year. The Department also takes responsibility for teaching the following electives in the fourth year, namely Private International Law, Law of Damages, Trusts and Estates, Education Law and Child Law.

At postgraduate level the Department presents LLM coursework degrees in the Law of Contract, Child Law, Estate Law and Family Law. There is also an LLM in Private Law which presents students with an opportunity to choose from various interesting subjects in Private Law to obtain a coursework degree.

The Centre for Child Law and the Centre for Intellectual Property Law resorts under the Department of Private Law.

Prof Steve Cornelius presents the certificate course “Drafting of Contracts" through CE@UP. Prof Birgit Kuschke presents the course “Legal aspects of Project Management” in the Programme in Project Management through CE@UP.

The Department prides itself on its research achievements. Prof Johan Scott was awarded the prestigious Von Humboldt Stipendium and he and Prof Trynie Boezaart have on various occasions been appointed by the University Council as Exceptional Academic Achievers.

Judge Louis Harms is an extraordinary professor in our Department and holds the Adams & Adams Chair in Intellectual Property and he is also the coordinator of the LLM in Intellectual Property Law. He has been elected as an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple. The Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court. Only the Inns of Court may call members to the English bar to practise as barristers. The name derives from the Knights Templar who owned the Temple site for 150 years. The Middle Temple has been a society of barristers since the middle of the fourteenth century. It was also a centre for legal education until 1852, when the Council of Legal Education was established. A Master of the Bench or "Bencher" is a senior member of the Middle Temple. To recognise exceptional achievement, the Middle Temple also from time to time elects distinguished lawyers and eminent non-lawyers as Honorary Benchers. This is an exceptional honour which has been bestowed on Judge Harms. 

 

News

A drone is not a cop – UN rights expert concerned about technologies that depersonalise the use of force - 23/10/2014
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalise the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.
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Centre for Natural Hazards relaunched - a new model - 23/10/2014
A new model of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Natural Hazards in Africa (formerly known as Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre, Africa) was recently launched with the objective of accommodating the changes in its strategy
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UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.
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Centre for Intellectual Property Law hosts Faculty's second annual Prestige Lecture - 22/10/2014
Prof Esmé du Plessis, former partner and currently senior consultant at Adams & Adams and extraordinary professor in the Department of Private Law at the University of Pretoria, presented the Faculty's second annual Prestige Lecture on “Dynamics of Intellectual Property Law: Interfaces with other areas of law”.
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Research published on challenges in South Africa’s rural education - 22/10/2014
An article about research partnerships in the South African rural education community, co-authored by four staff members in the Faculty of Education of the University of Pretoria (UP), will appear in the January 2015 edition of the acclaimed journal, Teaching and Teacher Education.
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Social Development Month (October) - 22/10/2014
Pro-poor strategies such as social grants, the national school nutrition programme and the expanded Public Works Programme, amongst others, reflect a better understanding in that the most vulnerable are assisted to break the poverty trap.
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Living Lab for Innovative Teaching Research established in UP’s Faculty of Education - 21/10/2014
The Living Lab for Innovative Teaching Research at the University of Pretoria (LLITUP), a research unit aimed at interdisciplinary research collaboration in teaching and learning, was launched at UP’s Groenkloof Library Research Commons on 17 October 2014.
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