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Meet the Dean – Professor André Boraine

André Boraine took up office as Dean of the Faculty of Law on 1 November 2011, with a second term appointment from 1 November 2015.

Prof Boraine was the Head of the Department of Procedural Law from 1999 until the end of October 2011.  He holds the degrees LLB (Pret) LLM cum laude (Wits) LLD (Pret). The title of his LLD thesis was “Die leerstuk van vernietigbare transaksies in die Suid-Afrikaanse Insolvensiereg” (The doctrine of voidable transactions in the South African Insolvency Law).

He was appointed as a full-time senior lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria in 1985. With effect from 1 January 1995 he was promoted to the position of associate professor and to the rank of full professor on 1 January 1997. He became the Head of the Department of Procedural Law as from 1 September 1999 and he also served as part-time Deputy Dean of the Faculty during that year. 

He is a co-founder and Director of the Centre for Advanced Corporate and Insolvency Law, which has been extensively involved in the drafting of new insolvency legislation.

Prof Boraine is frequently invited to present papers at national and international conferences and he has published extensively in the field of Insolvency Law.  He is co-author of the third edition of Silberberg and Schoeman’s "Law of Property"and Meskin’s "Insolvency Law".  Both these volumes are regarded as leading textbooks in the respective fields of Property Law and Insolvency Law in South Africa.

Prof Boraine serves on the editorial panel of the International Insolvency Law Review and has acted as referee for numerous articles for national and international journals, as well as for applications for NRF-ratings. He also serves on the management board of the Academics Group of Insol International and is an honorary member of the Association of Insolvency Practitioners of South Africa.

The World Bank recently appointed him as consultant concerning a diagnostic analysis of the legal framework in South Africa for regulating insolvency law and the rights of debtors and creditors.   Over the years he has taught a variety of law subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and provided practical legal training to candidate attorneys and insolvency practitioners.

His research interests include insolvency law, with a particular focus on international insolvency, civil procedural law and aspects of property law.  Prof Boraine is currently a B1-rated NRF researcher.


Meet the Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning - Professor Birgit Kuschke 

Professor Birgit Kuschke is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law since July 2018.  She obtained the degrees BLC (cum laude) in 1986 and LLB (cum laude) in 1988 from the University of Pretoria. She obtained an LLD degree in 2009 at the University of South Africa for her thesis titled “Insurance against Damage caused by Pollution.” She was admitted as an attorney, notary and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa in 1994, and is an accredited Poslec SETA Education, Training and Development Practitioner.

Prof Kuschke specialises in Insurance Law, Engineering and Construction Law, General Law of Contract, Law of Delict, Environmental Law and legal and commercial aspects relating to project management.

Prof Kuschke completed her articles in 1991 with Van der Merwe Du Toit (VDT) Attorneys in Pretoria.  After her admission she practised for her own account from 1994 until 2005 in association with VDT in Pretoria, specialising in insurance, engineering, construction and professional services contracts.

She was appointed as lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law in 1991 and as senior lecturer in that Department in 1993.  She was appointed as senior lecturer in the Department of Private Law in 2000 and promoted to associate professor in 2010 and serves as the Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria since 1 July 2018.

Prof Kuschke lectures on the Law of Contract modules presented in the Faculty on both undergraduate (KTR 211 Law of Contract) and postgraduate LLM (Law of Contract: GPC 801 Capita Selecta of the General Principles of the Law of Contract; and GPC 803 General Principles of the Drafting of Contracts and Advanced Drafting Theory) levels. Before 2000 se also lectured extensively on Insurance Law and on Aspects of General Commercial Law with a focus on Tax Law and Consumer Protection Law.

She conceptualised and developed the module on Legal Aspects in the Master's Programme in Project Management (MPM) and the Master's Programme in Engineering Management (MEM) presented in the Facutly of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology of the University of Pretoria.

In her capacity as a Legal Education, Training and Developement Practitioner of LEAD accredited by Poslec SETA (in terms of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998), she lectures Drafting of Contracts for candidate attorneys at the Law Schools presented under the auspices of the Law Society of South Africa (2003 to date).

She present the module Legal Aspects of Project Management in the Programme in Project Management (PPM) since its inception in 1997 to date as presented by Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd.

She was nominated in 2012 to act as a Corresponding Member for the drafting of the 2nd edition of the 'Principles of European Insurance Contract Law (PEICL Team)' that was published at the end of 2014.


She has been a member of the International Association for Insurance Law (Association International du Droit Assurances or ‘AIDA’) since 1998, and serves as a Councillor on its Presidential Council since 2009. She also holds membership in two of its Working Groups:  Member of the Working Party on Pollution, Products and New Technologies of the International Association for Insurance Law (1998 to date) and Consumer Protection and Dispute Resolution Working Group (2010 to date).

She designed and implemented the first subject within the Faculty of Law to be presented electronically via distance education, namely Legal Aspects of Project Management (ILC 803) that is presented electronically via Click-UP (WebCT).


[July 2018]

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