Faculty of Law

Elmien Du Plessis

(WJ) du Plessis is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the North-West University, South Africa. She holds BA (International relations), LLB and LLD degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. She is an NRF Thuthuka grant-holder. She obtained her doctorate on Compensation for Expropriation under the Constitution in 2009. She is interested in property law issues, especially in the land reform context, and has published numerous articles and chapters in this area.

Klaus D. Beiter

Namibian-born Klaus D. Beiter holds B.Iur. LL.B. degrees (both obtained with distinction) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, and a doctorate in international human rights law (obtained summa cum laude) from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, where he wrote his thesis on the right to education in international law under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bruno Simma (formerly a Judge at the International Court of Justice). Since 1998, he is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia.

Anél du Plessis

Anél du Plessis is Professor of Law and Acting Director: Research at the North-West University (NWU).  Her scholarship focuses on the nexus area of environmental-, local government and different aspects of human rights law and city governance. She is editor of the first and still only extensive volume on South African environmental and local government law. She has published widely and supervised more than 40 post-graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in these areas. She coordinates the NWU's LLM Programme in Environmental Law and Governance since 2015.

Francois Venter

Taught law from 1974 in the Faculty of Law in Potchefstroom, South Africa – since 1980 as full professor. Multiple recipient between 1979 and 2019 of research funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. Alumnus of the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg. Participated in the South African constitution writing process 1990-1995. Founded P E R (Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal) in 1998. Dean of Law 2001-2012. President of the South African Law Deans' Association 2009-2010.

Marita Carnelley

Marita Carnelley is a law professor, having taught Family law for two decades at three South African universities. Her current research focuses on maintenance and diversity issues. She is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press textbook on South African Family Law and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in the area. 


Germarié Viljoen

Germarié Viljoen (LLB, LLM (cum laude), LLD) is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, North-West University. During the period 2009-2012, she was appointed as temporary lecturer at the Faculty of Law, where after she consulted as legal specialist at Shangoni Management Services (Pretoria, Lynnwood) until 2014. In 2014, Germarié was permanently appointed as lecturer at the Faculty of Law.

Anri Botes

I have an LLM and LLD in Labour law and have published multiple articles on various key topics in the labour law field. I have also made contributions in labour law at many national and international conferences since employment. Apart from research activities I have lectured labour law to undergraduate and post graduate students for the past seven years.


Heléne Combrinck

Heléne Combrinck is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa. She previously worked as a senior researcher at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, which was preceded by a number of years as the project coordinator of the Gender Project at the (then) Community Law Centre, also at the University of the Western Cape. Her publications focus on disability rights as well as gender equality (with an emphasis on gender-based violence).