Academic explores customary law among Khoi-San communities

Prof Christa Rautenbach, a lecturer at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law, recently delivered a keynote address titled "Reviving and recognising customary law: traditional leadership and governance among Khoi-San communities" at the Commission on Khoi-San Matters Research Symposium in Cape Town.

The symposium was a collaborative effort between the Commission on Khoi-San Matters and esteemed academic institutions, such as the University of the Western Cape, University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg, Sol Plaatje University and Rhodes University.

Submitted on Thu, 03/28/2024 - 09:46

Faculty of Law hosts Southern African Law Teachers’ Conference

Southern African society continues to face a multitude of challenges. High levels of poverty and unemployment, inadequate infrastructure and electricity supply, crime and rising levels of corruption, and the various legacies of colonialism and apartheid all add to the toxic mix threatening lives and livelihoods.

To counter this, the southern African region depends on well-functioning and just legal systems to find socially just responses to these obstacles.

Submitted on Wed, 01/10/2024 - 13:04

Great honour for budding researcher

Maricélle Botes’s long journey with the North-West University (NWU) has paid off. This final-year PhD student at the research unit for Law, Justice and Sustainability has been honoured with the Research Excellence Award for Next Generation Researchers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law category by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

This is in recognition of her outstanding academic performance and demonstrated potential for contributing significantly to innovation.

Submitted on Tue, 11/14/2023 - 10:27

From law books to lookbooks – a toast to future advocates at the final-year farewell dinner

The journey of a law student is undoubtably challenging and short, and their time at the North-West University (NWU) has prepared them for the opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead.

Having arrived here a few years ago, they are about to leave and embark on different journeys to try and find appropriate solutions to the issues the global community is currently facing.

On Thursday evening, 12 October, the Faculty of Law hosted a farewell dinner with the theme “Law as a superpower” for the final-year students.

Submitted on Tue, 10/17/2023 - 10:18

Forum explores originality and copyright challenges of AI-generated knowledge

The Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Humanities at the North-West University (NWU) jointly hosted the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum on the evening of Wednesday, 27 September.

The event centred around AI-generated knowledge and its implications for copyright, originality, and embodiment.

Submitted on Thu, 10/05/2023 - 10:52

Prof Beiter puts academic freedom violations under the spotlight

by  Menziwa Msibi

North-West University (NWU) academic from the Faculty of Law, Prof Klaus Beiter recently presented a talk at the Annual Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) Network Conference in Bilbao, Spain.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Human rights defenders under siege”.

Prof Beiter says human rights defenders are people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights in a peaceful manner, often risking their lives or livelihoods.

Submitted on Fri, 09/29/2023 - 08:22

Meet our researchers

The faculties at the North-West University (NWU) are doing exciting work on the research front.

Prof Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko is the director of Professional Development and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Law. His research is on the Southern African Development Community (SADC). He explains more about what his research entails.

Submitted on Thu, 09/28/2023 - 11:27

Using the law to advance justice and sustainability

It is easy to see how a lack of the proper application of the law, particularly in the South African context, may ultimately lead to anarchy because of those determined to sidestep it.

Fortunately, efforts such as those by the Research Unit for Law, Justice and Sustainability at the North-West University (NWU) are at the forefront of seeking innovative solutions to our country’s social and environmental challenges.

Submitted on Wed, 09/27/2023 - 15:32