The Department of Mercantile Law is the largest department in the Faculty of Law and has eighteen full-time lecturers. The Department has a proud tradition in excellent teaching and research. Six of its staff members hold LLD degrees. Many staff members are recognised both nationally and internationally, as excellent researchers and teachers. Some of our members of staff serve on legislative bodies and editorial boards and many are recognised as specialists in their respective fields.
As part of the Department's vision to prepare complete individuals who are able to play an active role in the commercial world, the Department offers a wide range of subjects and courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The Department is unique in that it is the only Department in the Faculty that provides tuition not only to law students, but also to students from various other Faculties, such as the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology.
The Department is justifiably proud of its LLM courses. A significant number of Master students enrol for programmes such as Mercantile Law, Corporate Law, Labour Law and Tax Law. The Department also prides itself of the fact that it has the capacity to accommodate LLD students in most of the specialist areas within the field of Mercantile Law. The Department furthermore strives to promote life-long learning by offering a number of short courses. The subject areas of these courses include the National Credit Act, Competition Law, Disciplinary Enquiries at the Workplace, Labour Law and Insolvency Law.
Official launch of the National Biodiversity and Business Network - 21/05/2013
The National Biodiversity and Business Network of South Africa was officially launched at the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (GIBS) in Sandton on 15 May 2013.
The University of Pretoria was represented by Dr Claudious Chikozho and Ms Anesu Makina, both from Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL), as well as Prof Don Cowan from FABI.
Open Day was a success! - 21/05/2013
I am pleased to inform you that I received many messages conveying positive feedback on the UP Open Day 2013. I was especially pleased about comments that the UP team of staff, students and volunteers was especially helpful and friendly.
My heartfelt appreciation to all who contributed to a positive experience for parents, prospective students, families, school principals and teachers. I encourage you to keep up the good work. Open Day is an important event for the University for attracting good students, and for broadly enhancing the reputation and status of the University.
World Kangaroo Mother Care Day celebrated by final year students - 21/05/2013
Staff and students from the Department of Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria are involved in one of the most important evidence-based interventions for preterm and low birth weight babies in the world.
The final year students are participating in Kalafong Hospital as audiologists and speech-language therapists in this very effective neonatal method to care for preterm and low birth weight babies.
TuksGolf Training Centre officially opened at the University of Pretoria - 17/05/2013
The University of Pretoria prides itself on its publicly recognised achievements pertaining to its various sporting fraternities. These achievements can be attributed to the University’s sporting facilities, which are of the highest quality among South African universities. To add to its quality achievements, the University of Pretoria, through TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc), has now officially opened a golf training centre.
South African law professor to report to the United Nations on Lethal Robots - 16/05/2013
South African human rights law professor, Christof Heyns, will submit a widely anticipated report on Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARs) to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 29 May 2013.
Prof Heyns, from the University of Pretoria (UP), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions in 2010. During last year, he conducted worldwide research on the question whether states should be allowed to use LARs - weapons that, once deployed, can use lethal force without further human intervention - during war, or peace.