Postdoctoral fellow launches book on the development of international law

Dr Nicolaas Buitendag, a postdoctoral fellow at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law, recently launched a book titled States of exclusion: A critical systems theory reading of international law.

This open-access scholarly book published by Aosis scrutinises the inclusivity or lack thereof in the historical development of international law.

In the seven-chapter book, Dr Buitendag challenges and problematises the thoughts of many that sovereignty is a good thing that allows communities to take part in international politics.

Submitted on Fri, 03/10/2023 - 09:00

Renowned Judge Dennis Davis to present seminar for small business enterprises

Esteemed Judge Dennis Davis will lead a seminar for small business enterprises on Thursday, 9 March 2023 at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Mahikeng Campus.

The seminar is organised by the Companies Tribunal in partnership with the NWU's Faculty of Law. It is aimed at small and upcoming businesses in Mahikeng and NWU students, especially those dealing with company law and/or doing research about this topic.

Various legal academics and practicing lawyers will join Judge Davis as presenters.

Submitted on Tue, 03/07/2023 - 11:58

Alumnus joins prestigious law firm in the United Kingdom

North-West University (NWU) alumnus Thato Mashishi recently joined the corporate group of Walker Morris LLP (Walker Morris), the largest single-site law firm outside of London in the United Kingdom.

This corporate group is highly rated according to the rankings of Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 – two leading global research companies.

Thato’s areas of focus at Walker Morris are general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital.

Submitted on Wed, 02/01/2023 - 14:55

Bank failures in Zimbabwe are due to poor regulatory supervision

The rampant failure of banks in Zimbabwe in the past 20 years has now been explained: a major reason is inadequate supervision of banking institutions by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and other regulatory bodies.

This is according to the doctoral study of Menelisi Ncube, who recently graduated from the North-West University (NWU) as a Doctor of Laws in mercantile law. 

In his study, Menelisi investigated why the banking institutions in Zimbabwe have been failing from around 2002 to date.

Submitted on Thu, 12/08/2022 - 10:04

Municipalities must acknowledge the importance of waste pickers

More than 100 000 people in South Africa have turned to the waste-picking sector as a source of employment. This is according to Nonhlanhla Ngcobo, a PhD student and a researcher at the South African Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability in the Faculty of Law at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus.

“The slow economic growth rate in South Africa does not bring hope to the 31% of people currently unemployed, especially those with very low levels of education and skills,” she says.

Submitted on Fri, 10/28/2022 - 09:38

Inaugural lecture advocates for better financial inclusion strategies in SA

By Ontiretse Motingwa and Nolwazi Xulu

Prof Howard Chtimira, a professor of securities and financial markets law at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law, delivered his inaugural lecture on 21 October 2022 at the Mahikeng Campus.

Titled “A legal conspectus of selected challenges affecting financial inclusion for the poor and low-income earners in South Africa”, the lecture advocated for better financial inclusion strategies in South Africa.

Submitted on Wed, 10/26/2022 - 14:43

Hard work paves the way to the high court

By Ontiretse Motingwa

Her hard work and perseverance have paid off – Refilwe Tsatsimpe, North-West University (NWU) alumnus and lecturer in the Faculty of Law on the Mahikeng Campus since 2019, was recently admitted to the high court.

Refilwe, who is from Itsoseng, a town near Mahikeng, says she wanted to pursue a career in law ever since she was a young girl, but unfortunately encountered several obstacles along the way.

Submitted on Wed, 10/12/2022 - 14:33

NWU law students show their mettle in annual public speaking competition

By Ontiretse Motingwa

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Law hosted its annual cross-campus public speaking competition on 23 September.

This year marked the fifth Ubuntu Ambassadors Public Speaking Competition, which aims to improve students' public speaking abilities and raise knowledge of Ubuntu and human rights. This year the competition focused on the themes inclusiveness, inclusion and cancel culture.

Submitted on Fri, 09/30/2022 - 12:54