The Department of Private Law provides the foundation stone on which the entire edifice of the law stands. The Department continues to fulfil this role at undergraduate level and is continually expanding the range of its post-graduate offerings.
The Department offers the following compulsory modules in the LLB programme: Legal Systems; Persons; Customary Law; Family Law; Law of Things (property); Succession; Delict; and Contract. Our final year electives include: Advanced Family Law; Advanced Contract Law; Law of Trusts; Muslim Personal Law; Unjustified Enrichment; Intellectual Property Law; and the Conflict of Laws.
At postgraduate level, the LLM modules offered at present are: International Family Law; Legal and Cultural Pluralism; and Intellectual Property Law.
Members of the Department offer high level expertise on the Law of Succession (a member was recently cited by the Supreme Court of Appeal) and Trusts, Family Law and Children’s Rights (a member is an internationally renowned expert) as well as Muslim Personal Law, among others.