Christa Rautenbach

Prof Christa Rautenbach

Qualifications: B Iuris (cum laude) LLB (cum laude) LLM LLD. Advocate of the High Court of South Africa

Christa Rautenbach has more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer. She was a prosecutor in the employ of the Department of Justice before she became an academic scholar at the faculty of law, North-West University in 1994 where she currently holds an appointment as Full Professor. She also holds a number of other positions such as the honorary treasurer of the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa and secretary of Juris Diversitas (an international, interdisciplinary community for the study of legal and normative mixtures and movements). She is alumnus and Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, a prestigious German Foundation focused on providing scholarships and support to esteemed scholars. She serves on the advisory board of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and also on the advisory board of the African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES): southern Africa region. She has published extensively on subjects dealing with legal pluralism, customary law, mixed jurisdictions, cultural diversity, judicial comparativism and the law of succession, and presented numerous papers on these subjects globally. She is co-editor and co-author of two leading books in South Africa, namely Introduction to Legal Pluralism in South Africa published by LexisNexis and The Law of Succession in South Africa published by OUP. She is the editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed, open-access electronic law journal – the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, accessible at She serves on the editorial and/or advisory boards of the Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law (South Africa), the Journal of Comparative Law in Africa (South Africa) and the Journal of Civil Law Studies (Louisiana), and the Journal of International and Comparative Law (UK). In 2018, she was appointed as an advisory committee member in the South African Law Reform Commission: Project 144. The project is titled “Single Marriage Statute Including Measures against Sham Marriages.

Physical Address


Faculty of Law

1st floor; 119

Potchefstroom Campus

North-West University

Telephone Number
(018) 299 1939
(018) 299 1923
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