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Faculty of Law


Above: Prof Avinash Govindjee

The Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law contributes to the institution's vision of being a dynamic African university, recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge for a sustainable future. The Faculty strives at all times to maximise the learning possibilities for law students and boasts highly respected academic staff and committed support staff who combine to provide a top-quality educational experience for law students. By providing a solid foundation of legal education, coupled with meaningful and ongoing interaction with members of the legal profession, the Faculty seeks to equip graduates with the necessary attributes for a successful career in law. As a result, students graduating with an Nelson Mandela University law degree have assumed leading positions at top law firms in South Africa and abroad, and made a meaningful contribution to various sections of society. The Faculty, and its students, are particularly engaged in South African society. For example, the Centre for Law in Action (CLA) is a highly reputable and internationally connected entity focusing on improving the levels of service delivery at various governmental levels and to increasing access to justice for people in need. The Labour and Social Security Law Unit (LSSLU) is nationally recognised for the training conducted by its members, particularly in the area of labour law, and the institutes Law Clinic and Refugee Rights Centre also provide key services to the broader Nelson Mandela Bay area. Finally, the Faculty is producing an increasing body of published research work in various areas of law, and a number of colleagues are in the final phase of completing doctoral qualifications. The Faculty also includes a prestigious South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in the Law of the Sea and two NRF-rated researchers. Finally, the work of the Faculty of Law is underpinned by the commitment of Faculty staff and students to upholding the values of the constitution and the university, including respect for diversity, excellence, ubuntu and integrity."