The Faculty of Law and its associated Centres, Units and Projects have a substantial research record spanning books, accredited articles, policy and technical reports, and over the years have produced an array of publications aimed at informing both members of the community and specialist audiences. The Faculty produces an annual research report highlighting the main academic outputs of the previous year (see attached Research Reports from 2008 onwards).
The culture of research is supported by a range of activities such as departmental research seminars, an annual Faculty Publishing retreat, held annually since 2003, seminars on research-related skills development, and a postgraduate Doctoral students' research retreat, held three times annually. At these, more than 20 doctoral students customarily present completed thesis chapters for review and discussion. Staff are regular participants at national and international conferences and symposia, and many are active research leaders in their fields. The Faculty is proud that 9 staff members currently enjoy a National Research Foundation (NRF) rating as acknowledged researchers, three of whom enjoy sought after “B” ratings, indicating their international stature.
Areas of excellence in research are many and varied in the Faculty as a whole. Particular mention can be made of constitutional law and human rights, including children’s rights, disability and socio-economic rights, governance and multilevel approaches to democracy, labour law, family law, including Muslim personal law and customary law, and various themes in the criminal justice area, including restorative justice, pre-trial detention, prisoner’s rights, international criminal law, money laundering and anti-corruption law. Postgraduate students contribute meaningfully to the Faculty research output and publish regularly.
The UWC Library and the resource centres in the Community Law Centre; Social Law Project, Centre for
Disability Law and Policy and the South African German Centre for Development, Research and Criminal Justice
hold a substantial collection of local and international materials; including books, periodicals, journals and
training material as well as access to various online databases. Members of the Faculty and graduate students
have access to these collection which are supported by the university electronic catalogue