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Department of Public Law

Welcome to the Department of Public Law




For the LLB degree the Department of Public Law offers courses in those areas of the law that, traditionally speaking, fall within the Public Law domain: Criminal Law, Human Rights, Legal Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and International Law. Flowing from these, a number of specialised elective courses are also offered for the LLB degree: Media Law, Statutory Crimes, Land and Land Reform, Environmental Law, Medical Law, International Humanitarian Law and Municipal Law.

Apart from the coursework LLM degrees offered in the Department of Public Law (International Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Socio-economic Rights, Human Rights and Constitutional Practice, International Air, Space and Telecommunications Law and International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Military Operations), members of the Department are also involved in other coursework LLM degrees: the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa and the LLM in International Trade and Investment Law (both offered by the Centre for Human Rights). LLM (by research) and the LLD degrees are also offered in any of the areas of law within the Public Law domain.

Members of the Department are also involved in certificate courses. Prof Christo Botha is the course leader of the UP Certificate in Legislative Drafting, offered through Continuing Education. Prof Pieter Carstens is the Director of the Centre for Law and Medicine which offers a Certificate in Medical Law. Ms Melanie Murcott is the course leader of the UP Certificate in Environmental Law offered through Continuing Education. Prof Bernard Bekink is the course leader of the UP Certificate in Municipal/Local Government Law.

 

News

Expert economist returns home as Director - 23/09/2014
Prof Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu has been appointed as Director and Head of the School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) with effect from 1 September 2014.
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Heritage Day Message - 23/09/2014
September 24 is a very special day in South Africaís calendar where we all come together to celebrate our heritage. This year the University of Pretoria celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa and acknowledges the diversity of cultures and traditions that give us our shared heritage.
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Prof Don Cowan receives Chancellorís Award - 23/09/2014
Prof Don Cowan, an international researcher of note and the Director of both the Genomics Research Institute (GRI) and the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, was recently awarded the Chancellorís Award for Research.
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Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
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Daspoort Clinic Celebrates 50 years! - 19/09/2014
Medical and health care science students have been providing free primary health care and assistive interventions to needy patients in Daspoort for 50 years.
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TuksFootball shines for the University of Pretoria - 19/09/2014
TuksFootball has made the University extremely proud by retaining the Varsity Sports title, said the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey on Thursday at a function where the 2014 champions were duly honoured.
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Unlocking the secrets of lightning - 19/09/2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.
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