Professor Wium de Villiers

Professor Wium de Villiers is a full professor in the Department of Procedural Law and holds the degrees BIuris LLB LLD.

He has extensive experience in criminal litigation and has inter alia worked as prosecutor, magistrate and advocate in private practice (as a member of the Pretoria Bar).

His areas of expertise are criminal procedure and the law of evidence, including constitutional and international criminal procedure and evidence.  

He teaches criminal procedure and the law of evidence at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Professor de Villiers has 54 publications in accredited peer reviewed local and foreign based international journals and has delivered many papers at local and international conferences. He has also lectured abroad and presides in the Law School practical examinations in criminal procedure.   

Some of his recent publications are:

  • Proper prosecution and conviction or blunder? - S v Catzavelos (Randburg Magistrate's Court, convicted 5 December 2019, sentenced 28 February 2020 NR 1 February 2021 THRHR121   
  • “Is it incumbent for a peace officer to consider less invasive means to secure attendance at court before affecting an arrest: National Commissioner of Police and Another v Coetzee 2013 1 SACR 358 (SCA); Minister of Safety and Security v Sekhoto 2011 (1) SACR 315 (SCA)” - Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, 2013, nr 3, August pp 492-502. 
  • “Does remand in custody by a court following an unlawful arrest render the subsequent detention lawful?” Minister of Safety and Security v Tyokwana 2015 1 SACR 597 (SCA)”-  Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, 2016, nr 2, May, pp 302-308.
  • “Constitutional invalidity of section 11(1)(a) and (g) of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992: Minister of Police and Others v Kunjana [2016] ZACC 21”-  Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, 2017, nr 1, February pp 164-175.
  • “Permanent stay of prosecution: S v Brooks 2019 1 SACR 103 (NCK)”. - Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, 2019, nr 2, May, pp 332 - 341.


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