Overview: Teaching, Learning and Internationalisation


Mercantile Law Teaching, Learning and Internationalisation UPdate



The Department of Mercantile Law presents a number of core as well as elective modules in the LLB program. The Department is unique in that it provides tuition not only to law students but also to students from various other Faculties, i.e Economic and Management Sciences; Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology; Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Huminites.

Boasting seven specialist and one general Masters programs, the Department offers the widest variety of Masters programs in the Law Faculty. The Department’s LLM programs are also anchored on a strong foundation of research excellence by members of the Department. The Department also prides itself of the fact that it has the capacity to supervise LLD candidates in the majority of the specialist areas within the broader Mercantile Law category. 


A significant majority of our academic staff members in the Department holds a doctoral degree. A number of them are also NRF-rated researchers. Research produced by the Department’s academic staff members, many of whom have played an important role in the development of national policies and legislation, has a direct impact in society. Many of the Department’s academic staff members are recognised, both nationally and internationally, as excellent researchers and teachers in their fields. 


Our University’s vision is not only to be a leading research‐intensive university in Africa, the University also strives to be recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact.  Our appetite for and exposure to global developments and knowledges has enabled our Department, as a constituent of one of South Africa and Africa’s highest ranked Law Faculties, to lay claim to be a truly international Department.

Many of our academic staff members publish their research in highly regarded and high impact international journals and publications. This has enabled our academics to establish an international footprint and reputation for themselves and the Department. Academic staff members in our Department consistently also participates in conferences and symposiums of international significance as conference organisers, key note speakers and presenters.

The University of Pretoria’s International Consumer Law Conference (“UPICLC”), the first of its kind in South Africa, is the Department’s flagship international conference, and attracts speakers from all over the world. The 2022 chapter of the UPICLC conference, which we co-organised in collaboration with our international partner, Attorney General Alliance Africa (“AGA Africa”), featured a key note address by the Attorney General of Hawaii.

The Department, through many of the works of its academic staff and by tapping into existing agreements and partnerships the University of Pretoria has with other foreign universities and international institutions, has established and engaged in several collaborations and partnerships with numerous international institutions and researchers from around the world. Some of our academics are also involved in leadership and advisory roles and governance structures of notable international academic, research and advisory institutions. And many of our academics have been engaged by notable international institutions and organisations as consultants and advisers on a range of issues, particularly those affecting the African continent.

The Department consistently hosts various academics and researchers from different international academic and research institutions. Our academics and students consistently also travel to various other international academic and research institutions as visiting scholars and researchers, guest lecturers and exchange students

Our academic programs attract the best students from all over the African continent. Our internationalisation efforts also includes a commitment to recruit leading African and international scholars into our academic ranks. 

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