Postgraduate ProgrammesThe Faculty of Law offers LLM/MPhil and LLD/PhD degrees in several areas of specialisation. The Faculty hosts four departments: Criminal Justice and Procedure; Mercantile and Labour Law; Private Law; and Public Law and Jurisprudence. It is also home to the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights (DOI); the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa (CLIA); the Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work (Centrow), which includes the Social Law Project (SLP); the African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice; and the Global Environmental Law Centre; as well as a Law Clinic.
- Comparative Labour Law;
- Comparative Constitutional Law;
- Criminal Justice; Environmental Law;
- Human Rights Protection;
- Law, State and Multi-Level Government; and
- Mercantile Law.
Admission requirementAdmission to the doctoral programme is based on submission of an (approximately 2 pages) abstract with research questions.
- International Human Rights Law
- Labour Law
- Law, State and Multilevel Government
- Mercantile Law
- Criminal Justice
- International Family Law
- International Trade
Below are details of specialisations for which there are a limited number of academic bursary opportunities
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Transnational Criminal Justice
- Tax Lax
- Global Environmental Law
Comparative Constitutional LawThe programme has a strong comparative focus that transcends South African Constitutional Law and seeks to expose students to the methodology of comparative constitutional law and different options of constitutional design and operation.
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Constitutional Law, Politics and Theory
- Constitutional rights interpretation
- Constitutional Design in Divided Societies
Transnational Criminal JusticeThe programme examines how the criminal law aspects of international law and the international law aspect of criminal law combine to provide a legal mechanism for national and international response to human rights violations both at the level of the international criminal justice system and in the context of transitional justice in postconflict societies.
- International Criminal Law
- Transitional Justice
Tax LawThis programme covers domestic and international taxation, as well as tax administration principles. Students will be taught by eminent scholars in the field of taxation, including Judge Dennis Davis.
- International Tax Law
- Tax Administration Law
Global Environmental LawThe programme focuses on International Law, as well the regional law of the Southern African Development Community, pertaining to the environment, from the perspective of South African law. The overall purpose of the programme is to facilitate an understanding of the application of international and regional norms as well as policies in the South African domestic law.
- International Environmental Law
- Advanced Environmental Law
Admissions RequirementsAdmission to the master’s programme requires a minimum of 60% weighted average marks.
Other postgraduate programmes offered by the Faculty
- Postgraduate Diploma in Public Law
- Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law
8 January 2021:
- Copy of SA Identity document/Passport
- Motivation (max: 2 pages)
- A copy of your CV
- Academic records
If you believe that you are a deserving candidate (both academically and financially), and applying for any of the above four areas of specialisation, please clearly motivate this in your letter of application, and also explicitly indicate which of the four specialisations you are applying for. In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you should include a short sample of written work [not longer than 5 pages] in your application for consideration for the bursary.
Applications for LLM/MPhil are open and extended until 12 February 2021.
Apply here if you are interested and meet the requirements.
Disclaimer - Applications received are subject to a waiting period for assessment owing to current Faculty process taking precedence.
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- THE FORMAL REQUIREMENTS OF A THESIS/MINI-THESIS/RESEARCH PAPER CHECKLIST FOR SUPERVISORS AND CHAIRPERSONS OF DEPARTMENT
- COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE: GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL AND DISSERTATION WRITING
- GUIDELINES FOR POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISORS AND COURSE PRESENTERS
- REFERENCING AND STYLE GUIDE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
- SUMMARY OF EXAMINER’S CV
- REPORT BY THE EXTERNAL MODERATOR (UWC EA 002A)
- REPORT BY THE EXTERNAL MODERATOR (UWC EA 002B)