These are pictures showing the progress on the new Faculty building on SOuth Campus.




click here for: Conrad's acceptance speech



Dr Felix Musukubili, a Graduate of Nelson Mandela University from Namibia, who obtained his LLM and LLD from this university, was recently appointed by His Excellency Dr Hage. G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia in terms of Article 32 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, read with section 11 (1) of the National Youth Service Act (Act No.6 of 2005), as Commissioner of the  National Youth Service.

The objectives of the National Youth Service are to - (a) serve as a meeting point for youth from various social and cultural backgrounds so as to enable the youth to share common experiences and to encourage notions of equality; (b) provide the youth with opportunities for further studies and training so as to enhance their opportunities of employment; (c) contribute to the socio-economic development of Namibia and the alleviation of poverty in the country; (d) provide opportunities for the youth to take part in national development on a voluntary basis; and (e) encourage patriotism, a sense of nationhood and commitment to Namibia’s development.

On one hand, the functions of the Service are to - (a) recruit on a voluntary basis youth to benefit from the Service’s programmes and activities; (b) provide skills training and personal development programmes and activities for the recruits; (c) employ the recruits in tasks of national importance and otherwise in the service of the nation; (d) inculcate youth volunteerism and civic responsibilities among the recruits. Dr Felix Musukubili is charged with the above responsibilities in Namibia. 

Dr Musukubili on completion of his LLM 2009, was promoted to Director of Labour Service, in the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Job Creation In Namibia. On completion is his LLD in 2013, he returned briefly to his role as Director. In 2014 he was offered the role of Executive: Human Resources at the Namibian Ports Authority, the role he occupied until he got appointed by the President as Commissioner on 1 June 2020. Dr Musukubili is actively involved in academic work with two local universities (University of Namibia and National University of Science and Technology) as an external examiner, moderator, and research supervisor. Further, he continues to provide academic services at Nelson Mandela University as an external examiner for post-graduate studies in the Law Faculty.      

Dr Felix Musukubili has numerous academic qualifications. Among them, are: LLD, LLM from Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, LLB and Hons Degree in Labour Relation & Human Resources Management from UNISA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law from UNAM in collaboration with UCT. He further has a National Diploma in Police Science, from the then Polytechnic of Namibia, now NUST and a Senior Management Programme (Certificate) from Stellenbosch Business School, in South Africa.



Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Research Associate in the Department of Public Law, Professor Sam Adelman, was awarded a prestigious British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for 2019-2020.

The fellowship was awarded to examine the role of human rights in climate litigation and climate justice; to analyse the growing role of the rights of nature in promoting sustainable development and to propose ways in which these can be protected globally; and to analyse the role of human rights and the rights of nature in achieving climate justice for the poor and vulnerable groups in the global South.

Prof Adelman teaches and researches climate change, legal theory, and international development law and human rights in the School of Law at the University of Warwick. He holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (University of the Witwatersrand), Master of Laws (Harvard University) and Doctor of Laws (Warwick University).

Prof Adelman was banned, detained and exiled during the struggle against apartheid. He is also currently co-authoring a book on climate justice with Upendra Baxi and editing a Research Handbook on Climate Justice and Human Rights.



We challenged our LIP members to provide us with a 30 sec video on what Mandela Day means to them. Our challenge was met and we had over 30 videos which was a good outcome.

Below please find a link that you may access to view Part 1 and 2 of the Legal Integration Mandela Day Montage.!BFIsqKggSFfA7m5yq68irN3Qtaqq?e=Bwz7cz

The Mandela Day Montage is also accessible through our Legal Integration Project Facebook page: Legal Integration Project at Nelson Mandela University


Please click on the following link for more information regarding the LIP project:

Legal Integration Project information


Mandela University Law lecturer Miss Nicholene Nxumalo, had an article published in the July edition of the highly acclaimed law journal, De Rebus.

The opinion article, entitled “Employee support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa” was published yesterday morning, 1 July.


We are all in this together!



Africa loses more than R288bn a year to fisheries crime, according to Nelson Mandela University law professor Hennie van As.

Van As, who is head of the university-based FishFORCE, Africa’s first fisheries law enforcement academy, said the global scourge was having catastrophic effects.

“Countries are being deprived of taxes, citizens of jobs, food and income and fisheries and environments are being destroyed.

“Many developing countries are unable to effectively enforce fisheries laws and are therefore unable to manage their coastal zones,” he said.

Professor Deon Erasmus of the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law will again this year teach at the Schola Empirica Summer School in Prague, Czech Republic from 4 – 11 July 2020.  He will be teaching in the Crime, Law and Psychology stream.  Attached is a flyer of the Summer School for students who are interested in attending the programme.


Prague Flyer 2020

Faculty of Law staff, Prof Joanna Botha, Mr Anathi Phela and Ms Chante Baatjes, attended the South African Law Teachers Conference, themed “Law, Nature and Sustainable Development” at Skukuza, Kruger Park, from 20 - 24 January 2020.

Ms Baatjes and Mr Phela presented papers respectively:




Emboldened by the decision of the US State Department to place sanctions on the Gupta brothers and their business associate Salim Essa (see separate report below), the Department of Justice (DoJ) has seconded the country's top legal minds to prosecute state capture crimes.
Through innovation and the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), access to justice can become a reality for every South African, Juta CEO Kamal Patel said at the recent awards function for the winners of the annual South African Law Reform Commission Legal Essay Competition
New Staff Member
Congratulations to Mr. Ali Ncume
Post Graduate Associate Vacancy
Law Clinic
Call for Articles
The Global Undergraduate Awards 2019 Programme is now accepting submissions! We would like to invite students from the Faculty of Law to submit their work. 
Professor Avinash Govindjee, Executive Dean at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, has co-edited a book about to be published by Routledge, one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the humanities and social sciences.
Vulnerability and Access to Social Protection
Congratulations to  Dr Lynn Biggs
Read more about the STIAS programme at:
Law Achievements

The faculty of Law would like to congratulate the following on their achievement

Mrs Bukelwa Nolizwe Holomisa’s Court Case

Faculty of Law is proud of Adjunct Professor Lilla Crouse, who achieved a phenomenal success in the Constitutional Court last week.  Prof Crouse represented Mrs Bukelwa Nolizwe Holomisa through the Legal Aid Board. The Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional a section in the Divorce Act which prevented women married out of community of property under the former Transkei Marriage Act from claiming redistribution of assets on divorce - a ground-breaking judgment that will give women a better financial deal. The Court held that:

“The applicant did not seek a costs order. She is represented by Legal Aid South Africa. The applicant’s Legal Aid representatives have done her, women in her position and our justice system a great service.”

Professor Lilla Crouse explained the case saying, it is befitting that this matter was heard in August - a month in which we remember the role that women played in our history and a month in which we reflect on gender equality. Our client was a woman who was left destitute after 19 years of marriage. This judgment means that our client now has the right to share in her husband’s estate. The Constitutional Court win for our client was hopefully also a win against paternalism and an effort to give, especially rural women, more dignity. An organisation like Legal Aid SA that provides equality of arms to vulnerable and poor persons is an institution to be protected in our young democracy.

Save the dates for the next LDRN PhD schools & conferences!

The Law Students' Society is a diverse society aiming to champion and represent the interests of students of the Nelson Mandela University.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian organization which is over 150 years old. The ICRC works in situations of armed conflict and other situations of violence with the exclusive mandate of providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of such conflict. The ICRC is mandated by States through the Geneva Conventions and Statutes and this mandate is executed on an impartial, neutral and independent basis. The mandate is carried out throughout the world, including South Africa, at the ICRC Regional Delegation in Pretoria. Nelson Mandela University’s participation in the 30th Jean-Pictet Competition which took place in Ohrid, Macedonia in April 2018, strengthened the relationship between our university and the Pretoria Delegation which led to an internship opportunity being offered to one of our LLM students, Nikita Govender. Nikita will begin a three-month internship at the ICRC Pretoria Delegation in July 2018.

This two-day program made special reference to Maritime Law and related opportunities within this sector and learners positively engaged with a variety of maritime professionals.   A highlight of the program was when learners were on-board Transnet’s two operational tugs, the Mvezo and the Qunu, and berthed the Panamanian registered bulk carrier Diamond Power (IMO 9566590).

The Faculty of Law would like to congratulate Alumnus Lutho Jolobe, he was offered a position at the Constitutional Court to clerk for Justice Mhlantla next year and needless to say, he graciously accepted the offer.

Dr Lynn Biggs, the Chairperson of the Faculty of Law Teaching and Learning Committee, has been granted funding from the Teaching Development and Innovation Fund (TDIF) for her project called “Redesigning the LLB curriculum to enhance writing skills of law graduates”.

The Moot Court Final was held on the 17 July 2018, in the Port Elizabeth High Court. Appearing for the applicants were Jenna Beckett and Twaambo Mukuni and arguing for the respondents were Nomathamsanqa Stock and Zamadlomo Matshaya. The teams presented arguments to an adjudicating panel composed of Judge Eksteen, Advocate Lilla Crouse, Advocate Miranda Pango, Prof Avinash Govindjee and Mr Kailash Karsan.