Private Law

Welcome to UP's Department of Private Law.

The Department of Private Law is responsible for teaching several of the core subjects in the LLB curriculum.  The main subjects taught are Family Law and the Law of Persons in the first year, Law of Succession, Law of Contract and Legal Pluralism in the second year, Law of Things, Intellectual Property Law and Law of Delict in the third year and Private Law in the fourth year.  The Department also takes responsibility for teaching the following electives in the fourth year, namely Private International Law, Law of Damages, Trusts and Estates, Education Law and Child Law. 

At postgraduate level the Department presents LLM coursework degrees in the Law of Contract, Child Law, Estate Law and Family Law.  There is also an LLM in Private Law which presents students with an opportunity to choose from various interesting subjects in Private Law to obtain a coursework degree. 

The Centre for Child Law and the Centre for Intellectual Property Law resorts under the Department of Private Law.

Prof Steve Cornelius is involved in the presents the certificate course “Drafting of Contracts" through CE@UP.  

The Department prides itself on its research achievements. We wish to congratulate Prof Trynie Boezaart for being appointed to the Managing Committee of Society Hugo De Groot. Prof Boezaart has also on various occasions been appointed by the University Council as an Exceptional Academic Achiever.

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