Faculty of Law

Freddy Samuel Khunou

Prof. Khunou Samuelson Freddie is currently a senior law lecturer at the North-West University (Mahikeng campus). He holds B Juris (Unibo) LLB (UNW), LLM (UNW) and Diploma in Education (Moretele College of Education). Following his postgraduate studies in Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University, he was awarded a degree of Doctor of Laws in 2007. His doctoral thesis uniquely anchors on “A Legal History of Traditional Leadership in South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho.” Prof.

Howard Chitimira

Chitimira holds an LLB (cum laude) degree and LLM degree in Corporate Law from the University of Fort Hare. He also holds an LLD degree in Securities and Financial Markets Law from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Prof Chitimira is a reviewer and editorial board member for several local and international law journals. He is also an external examiner for LLB modules; LLM and LLD programmes for several local and international universities.

Gerrit Johannes Pienaar

Gerrit Pienaar has been teaching property law at the Northwest University (previously the Potchefstroom University) from 1979, first as senior lecturer and since 1989 as professor. Presently he is the Director Post-Graduate Studies at the Law Faculty of the NWU. He obtained a LLD degree in 1988 with the thesis “The common law juristic person in South African private law”.

Jacobus A Robinson

Professor, Law faculty, Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU, Potchefstroom

NRF rated

Serves on Executive Committee of the International Society of Family Law

Admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Lectures mainly in Family Law, Law of Persons and the Law of Unjustified Enrichment.

Research relates to relevant topics in Family law, more particularly the position of children


Elmarie van der Schyff

In recent times, enormous developments occurred in the field of mineral and water rights following the promulgation of legislation in which the state was statutorily appointed as the guardian or trustee of the resources concerned. This statutory intervention dramatically changed not only the property right paradigm in terms of which resources are managed, but also the nature of rights that may be obtained in respect of resource units.

Louis Kotzé

Louis Kotzé is a research professor of law and teaches international and African regional environmental law in the structured LLM programme at the NWU. He is also a senior professorial fellow in Earth system law at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. His research broadly encompasses three interrelated themes that he approaches from a transnational perspective: human rights, socio-ecological justice and environmental constitutionalism; law and the Anthropocene; and Earth system law.