Meet the Dean and Deputy Dean

Meet the Dean – Professor Elsabe Schoeman


Professor Elsabe Schoeman holds the degrees BLC (UP) LLB LLD (Unisa). She is the first female Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.

Previously, she was a Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence, College of Law, at the University of South Africa, and an Associate Professor and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and spends significant periods of time researching at the Institut für internationales und ausländisches Privatrecht at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Schoeman specialises in private international and comparative law. Her main areas of research are jurisdiction in cross-border commercial litigation and choice of law in contract, delict/tort and selected areas of family law. Currently, her research is focused on access to justice for victims of human rights infringements and/or environmental delicts/torts as a result of mining and oil exploration in African countries.

Schoeman has published widely in her areas of interest and has also made contributions to international legal encyclopaedias, as well as submissions to law commissions (in South Africa and New Zealand/Australia), and she has advised law firms in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany on transnational litigation. Her research has been cited locally and internationally, and it has been relied on in international court cases. She has published in the leading law journals, locally and internationally, in her field of research, such as the Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (CILSA), Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law (THRHR), South African Law Journal, Journal of South African Law (TSAR), New Zealand Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law; Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of Private International Law and Praxis des Internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts. She has also authored a number of expert international reports and has been invited to participate in several international book projects in her subject area.

Schoeman is an elected associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, as well as a full member and judge of the Expert Committee of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.


Contact details:

Tel:  +27 (0)12 420 4126

Email:  [email protected]



Meet the Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning – Professor Charles Maimela


Professor Charles Maimela holds the degrees LLB LLM LLD (Unisa). The title of his LLD thesis is ‘Legal Issues Relating to the Treatment of Cancer Patients’.

Maimela joined the Department of Private Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria in 2016 as Lecturer. He was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer on 1 January 2018 and to the position of Associate Professor on 1 August 2020.  

Most notably of the appointment of Maimela is that he is the first Black person to be appointed as Deputy Dean and the youngest to ever occupy this position in over a century of the existence of the Faculty.

Maimela's research interests lie in Medical Law; African Customary Law and Religious Systems. He teaches Legal Pluralism and Law of Damages.

He is also the Editor-in-Chief of De Jure Law Journal.



Contact details:
Tel:  +27 (0)12 420 4126



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