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Faculty of Law

Postgraduate Programmes

The 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.

The Faculty offers doctoral degrees in a number of specialisation areas, including the following:
  • Comparative Labour Law;

  • Comparative Constitutional Law;

  • Criminal Justice; Environmental Law;

  • Human Rights Protection;

  • Law, State and Multi-Level Government; and

  • Mercantile Law.

Admission requirement

Admission to the doctoral programme is based on submission of an (approximately 2 pages) abstract with research questions.

The Faculty of Law offers LLM/MPhil degrees in a number of speacialised areas namely:
  • 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 Law

The 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

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Transnational Criminal Justice

The 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

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Tax Law

This 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

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Global Environmental Law 

The 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

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Admissions Requirements 

Admission 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

To apply, please email the following documents to Ms L Loubser ( on or before
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. 

LLM Programmes:

Doctorate programme:

Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law:
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