André Boraine took up office as Dean of the Faculty of Law on 1 November 2011.
Prof Boraine was the Head of the Department of Procedural Law from 1999 until the end of October 2011. He holds the degrees LLB (Pret) LLM cum laude (Wits) LLD (Pret). The title of his LLD thesis was “Die leerstuk van vernietigbare transaksies in die Suid-Afrikaanse Insolvensiereg” (The doctrine of voidable transactions in the South African Insolvency Law).
He was appointed as a full-time senior lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria in 1985. With effect from 1 January 1995 he was promoted to the position of associate professor and to the rank of full professor on 1 January 1997. He became the Head of the Department of Procedural Law as from 1 September 1999 and he also served as part-time Deputy Dean of the Faculty during that year.
He is a co-founder and Director of the Centre for Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law, which has been extensively involved in the drafting of new insolvency legislation. Prof Boraine is frequently invited to present papers at national and international conferences and he has published extensively in the field of Insolvency Law. He is co-author of the third edition of Silberberg and Schoeman’s "Law of Property"and Meskin’s "Insolvency Law". Both these volumes are regarded as leading textbooks in the respective fields of Property Law and Insolvency Law in South Africa.
Prof Boraine serves on the editorial panel of the International Insolvency Law Review and has acted as referee for numerous articles for national and international journals, as well as for applications for NRF-ratings. He also serves on the management board of the Academics Group of Insol International and is an honorary member of the Association of Insolvency Practitioners of South Africa.
The World Bank recently appointed him as consultant concerning a diagnostic analysis of the legal framework in South Africa for regulating insolvency law and the rights of debtors and creditors.
Over the years he has taught a variety of law subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and provided practical legal training to candidate attorneys and insolvency practitioners.
His research interests include insolvency law, with a particular focus on international insolvency, civil procedural law and aspects of property law. Prof Boraine is currently a B1-rated NRF researcher.
Meet the Deputy Dean - Professor Anton Kok
Anton Kok was appointed as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the beginning of 2010. He acted as Dean from December 2010 to October 2011.
After Prof Kok matriculated with six distinctions at ‘Hoërskool Kempton Park’ in 1989, he started his BCom Law studies at the University of Pretoria, which he completed in 1992 with distinction. In 1995 he obtained an LLB degree (cum laude). A year later he completed an LLM (cum laude) and in 2008 he obtained the LLD degree with a thesis entitled "A socio-legal analysis of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000."
From 1997 to 1998 he served his articles of clerkship at Deneys Reitz Inc (now known as Norton Rose Africa), a leading South African law firm, and became a professional assistant at the firm in 1999.
In June 1999 he joined the Faculty of Law as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Legal History, Comparative Law and Legal Philosophy and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.
Prof Kok's main research field is anti-discrimination legislation. He is currently a Y2-rated NRF researcher.