Law News

It’s time to put environmental regulations to work

With calls for safer, cleaner environments, a North-West University (NWU) researcher suggests that local governments use and enforce existing environmental regulations to ensure a better quality of life for all. Maricélle Botes, part of the research team at the Faculty of Law's South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental…

NWU Faculty of Law to host virtual workshop on Role of Women in Traditional Governance

There are numerous examples where women’s rights are still being disregarded in a traditional setting and an important aspect that has been neglected thus far is the role of women in Traditional Governance.

According to Prof Christa Rautenbach, a Professor of Law at the North-West…

Former Lesotho national goalkeeper scores an NWU PhD

Former Lesotho national football goalkeeper Phoka Matete has recently scored himself a PhD in law at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) June graduations.

Phoka obtained his master’s degree in labour law at the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus in 2014 and registered for his PhD in 2015.…

NWU-Juta Mock Trials – a decade of bridging the gap between practice and theory

The popular annual NWU-Juta Mock Trial competition celebrated its tenth birthday and finals in a virtual courtroom on 2 August.  This was the first time that the entire competition, from the first elimination rounds to the finals, took place online.

A…

Refugees in South Africa face challenges with processes and delays

Although welcomed by South Africa, refugees and asylum seekers encounter a number of obstacles when they want to exercise their rights with regard to international law, the South African Constitution and refugee law.

This is according to North-West University (NWU) academic in the…

NWU-Juta Mock Trial competition celebrates tenth anniversary with online trials

The popular annual NWU-Juta Mock Trial competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This year the competition will take place in an online format.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Juta Mock Trial competition did not take place in 2020 but is continuing this year in its mission to give law students the opportunity to gain…

Getting the Constitution to work for street traders

While the informal economy is lifting hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty, several municipal by-laws hinder the growth of their businesses, and – to some extent – allow for the violation of their rights. A researcher from the North-West University (NWU) believes a possible solution for the protection and development of this sector…

Question-and-answer session with Gerrie Nel a major success

On 26 May 2021, the Student Law Council of Potchefstroom (SLCP) hosted an event with Adv Gerrie Nel, who spoke about his journey as an advocate.

Students had the opportunity to engage with him and ask him questions they have always wanted to ask him regarding the legal field.

Let your old clothes live!

The Faculty of Law at the North-West University is collecting unwanted clothing, shoes and ties to distribute to communities and students in need.

Dr Neo Morei, executive dean at the Faculty of Law, decided to implement the project.

“When I was…

Using management technology to ensure the constitutional right to water

Intelligent water management technologies could be the answer to some of South Africa’s water challenges. This is the view of Nicolene Steyn, one of the youngest PhD students at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law, who believes smart technologies could help ensure the right to water. Her study, a desktop-based investigation of…