Nelson Mandela University’s director of the Centre for Law in Action has been appointed to lend his legal expertise to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) to combat illegal and unregulated fishing in the region.

Prof Hennie van As, Director of the Centre for Law in Action and head of South Africa’s Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy, FishFORCE, at Nelson Mandela University, has been appointed as a legal expert to the first Board of Directors of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre (MCSCC), established in 2023. 

Prof Hennie van As of the Department of Public Law has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the SADC Fisheries Monitoring Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre (MCSCC) as a legal expert by the SADC Ministers of Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture for a period of two (2) years, starting 01 June 2024. 

Professor Joanna Botha of Mandela University’s Faculty of Law recently delivered her professorial inaugural lecture entitled “The (in) justice of sanctioning hate”.

The Faculty of Law and the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law wish to bid farewell to Mr Alphonso Goliath. 

BA Law (Politics and Psychology) graduate, Sibusiso Bokveldt’s triumph over early adversity is a success story that has just began, with promise in and beyond the academic spectrum of Nelson Mandela University.

Ohms Kayama will cap off an exceptional academic journey at Nelson Mandela University with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, after he was reluctantly accepted without having a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.

On 26 January 2024, the International Court of Justice (the ICJ) delivered its judgment in the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v Israel).

Local labour law expert Advocate Luvuyo Bono will be adding a new title to his name: Doctor.

Nelson Mandela University is conferring an Honorary Doctorate on Judge Narandran Jody Kollapen at its graduation ceremony on 13 December.

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Siqhamo Ntola, 34, senior lecturer in environmental and international law at the University of South Africa (Unisa), was named in the Environment category of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.   

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Former Surfing South Africa President and Mandela University Labour Law doctoral student and attorney Johnny Bakker from Gqeberha, has recently been elected as Vice-President of the African Surfing Confederation at the AGM, which was held in Dakar, Senegal. His term runs until 2027.

A call for a community of practice. 
Empowerment through Participation: Take Part in The Africanisation-Decolonisation Project at Nelson Mandela University (AFDEP-NMU) Survey.We would like to welcome you to participate in our AFDEP-NMU survey, which will assist us in exploring and developing a set of conceptual and programmatic criteria for the project. 

Africa is losing an estimated US$25billion per year to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing run by organised crime syndicates.

Nelson Mandela University’s FishFORCE Academy recently introduced a virtual law enforcement game to assist law enforcement officers in the fisheries crime environment. The game is mobile-based and available on all smartphones.

In the law of the sea, which is international law about the relationship between states and how they conduct themselves at sea, there has been an evolution in ocean governance, from the attitude that you can do whatever you like out there — hence the expression “freedom of the seas” — to the awareness of a pressing need for far greater collective ocean governance. 

It’s the image from countless films and novels:  the old fisherman and his sons pulling their boat up on the sunwashed beach, where people from the small community who live in the white-washed houses above the shore are waiting to help unload the catch.  

"The impact of scarce resources in South Africa continues to be a hot topic within state and social circles. The spotlight, however, rarely shines on the alarming 0.2 percent of South Africans registered as organ donors leaving those in need of a lifesaving organ transplant with only a wish and a prayer. Does religion play a role?

The doctoral research of Foluke Dare (35) identified the challenges associated with applying the principle anticipatory self-defence to maritime cybersecurity.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Ten outstanding young graduates from Southern Africa have been announced as the Rhodes Scholars-Elect for 2023. 

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) was designed to prevent our private data being used unlawfully. But how much protection do we really have?

Attorney and esteemed academic, Professor Deon Erasmus, who was inaugurated as full professor in the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University last year, cautions that justice must be adhered to.

The entire issue of prospecting or production for oil, gas or any other substance in the little understood marine environment has to start with how to safeguard it against potential damage.

Nelson Mandela University and the Open University of Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on establishing a Fisheries Law Enforcement Academy as part of FishFORCE’s expansion to cover much of the Western Indian Ocean. 

Ocean-loving attorney and master’s student Yonela Ndila is passionate about ocean governance and the law of the sea.

Using the principles of international law and the regulatory systems in Germany and the UK, the PhD study of Roelof van Huyssteen proposed a new renewable energy statute for South Africa to promote environmental, economic and social development and to assist South Africa towards a just transition.

Acceptance speech by Emeritus Professor Martin Tsamenyi for the honorary degree "Doctor of Laws (Maritime Law) (Honoris Causa)" from Mandela University.
 The New Law Building has been published in the latest issue of Architect & Builder Magazine.

With a passion for social justice, legal education and personal growth and development, it was no fluke that Nelson Mandela University’s former Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Avinash Govindjee, rose to the bench of the Eastern Cape High Court at Makhanda.

Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 23 November.

The Law Clinic at the Missionvale Campus is a full-fledged law firm which provides free legal services to people in need, and at the same time gives students opportunities to train in a real-life setting.

The Covid-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted our student community by drawing bold lines that essentially deprive us of physical interactions, which used to define a vibrant student life known for its enriching experience through socialisation with one’s peers, while developing skills needed for university and beyond.

Prof Henry Lerm says the SA MedicoLegal Association has a huge role to play in curbing excessive medical expenditure and litigation.

Africa requires a country and university to take the lead in governance and intellectual development for the blue economy and sustainable conservation of the continent’s oceans, says Emeritus Professor Martin Tsamenyi who is being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Law (Maritime Law) from Nelson Mandela University during the virtual graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Law on Thursday 22 April.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: The UNODC’s E4J (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Education for Justice) project, of which Nelson Mandela University is one of four participating universities in the world, recently received the 2020 UN Secretary General Award for Innovation.