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Department of Mercantile Law

Mrs Sylvia (SM) Papadopoulos


Position, academic & professional qualifications

Sylvia Papadopoulos is a permanent full-time lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law. She holds the degrees of BLC, LLB and LLM (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. She has also been admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa.


Academic & professional experience

After graduating with an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria, she joined the Department of Land Affairs as a Legal Researcher in the Restitution of Land Division, researching and validating restitution land claims. In 2003 she taught at the Damelin School of Banking and in 2004 she joined the Department of Mercantile Law, University of Pretoria as a part-time temporary lecturer at the Mamelodi campus. In 2008 she was appointed as a permanent full-time lecturer in the Department.  She continues to consult on a part-time basis in construction contract related matters.


Teaching activities

She teaches Advanced Cyber Law (KUB 802) on the LLM programme, Cyber Law (KUB 420) and the Law of Negotiable Instruments (VHD 320) on the LLB programme, IT Law (KUB 720) on the BCom(Hons) Informatics programme and Business Law (BER 210) in the Economics and Management Faculty.


Representative publications

·               “Are we about to Cure the Scourge of Spam? A Commentary on Current and Proposed South African Legislative Intervention” (2012) THRHR May.

·               “Electronic Wills with an Aura of Authenticity: Van der Merwe v Master of the High Court and Another (605/09)[2010] ZASCA 99 (6 September 2010)” (2012) SA Merc LJ vol 1.

·               Co-editor and contributing author, "Cyberlaw @SA III", to be published 2012, Van Schaiks.

·               Contributing author, “Electronic Payments in Commercial Law”, 2011 Lexis Nexis.

·               "Short Message Services and E-Contracting: Jafta v Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife [2008] 10 BLLR 954 (LC)" 2010 Obiter vol 1.

·               "Revisiting the Public Disclosure of Private Facts in a Cyberworld" (2009) Obiter vol 1 30.

·               “The Effect of Recent Amendments to the Insolvency Act and Labour Relations Act on Contracts of Employment - A New Era or is it? 2004 THRHR 302. (Co-Authored with Prof M Roestoff).


Participation in conferences

·               Presented at the Lex Informatica 2011- SA Cyberlaw/ITC Conference held in Pretoria, “Spam Regulation: A way forward for South Africa”. 29 June – 1 July 2011.

·               Presented at the SA Law Teachers conference held at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, “The Changing Face of Spam Regulation in South African Law”. 17-20 January 2011

·               Presented at the 5th LSPI - ILTC - IPL - IPLC Conference held in Barcelona, Spain, "The Draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: A South African Perspective". -2-5 November 2010.

·               Presented at the Lex Informatica - SA Cyberlaw/ITC Conference held at the Innovation Hub, Pretoria, "Another Look at Privacy in the Facebook Era". - 14-16 July 2010.

·               Presented at the 1st International Workshop on Trans-Border Commercial Law held at Nedbank Group Ltd Head Office, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, "Electronic Contracting and Electronic Transacting Legislation: Have We Exited Narnia?". - 19-20 October 2009.

·               Presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Conference held at the University of Western Sydney, Sydney Australia,

·               "Electronic Communications, Electronic Contracting and Electronic Transacting Legislation". - 05-08 July 2009.

·               Presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Conference held at James Cook University Cairns Australia, "Revisiting the Public Disclosure of Private Facts in a Cyberworld". - 06-09 July 2008.

·               Presented at the 2nd Annual Cyber Law conference held in Pretoria, “Privacy and the Internet: Google Under Fire.” – 5 September 2007.


Areas of specialisation

Her main areas of interest are cyber law, banking law and the law of contract.


Academic & professional memberships

She is a member of the Gauteng Society of Advocates (GSA).


Tel: +27 12 420-3859

Fax: +27 12 420-4010