The grant is sponsored by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. In 2018 he donated the fees he received for chairing the arbitration in the Life Esidimeni tragedy to UWC. The interest generated is used to promote excellence in the faculty.
Carstens, who is working on his thesis proposal on tax law, said he was honoured to receive the grant from someone who had sought to seek justice and compensation for families who lost loved ones. Carstens, from Table View in Cape Town, worked three jobs and started his own business to fund his law degree. The grant will make it possible for him to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer.
“Not only does it enable me to pursue my master’s, and gain more knowledge of our law, but it allows me to believe that I too can be the change,” said Carstens. “I plan to not only excel at my degree, but to also assume my role as a conscious lawyer upholding the rule of law and social justice.”
The R60 000 grant is offered for one year to a UWC law student to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in law. To be considered, the applicant must have obtained at least 70% in the final year of an LLB degree, or have attained a final mark of at least 70% for an LLM degree. The grant can be renewed, based on performance.
Carstens completed his LLB degree in 2020 with an average of 71.9% in the final year. His LLB research paper, “Is South Africa’s Income Tax Act 52 of 1962 ill-suited for cryptocurrency?”, was completed under the supervision of Professor Fareed Moosa.
Professor Jacques de Ville, Dean of the UWC’s Law Faculty, said: “The selection committee was impressed by Mr Carstens' solid academic record as well as his motivation letter. He is undoubtedly a worthy recipient of this prestigious grant.”