Dr Willem Hendrik Gravett

Position, Academic & Professional Qualifications
 
Willem H. Gravett is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Procedural Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria.  He graduated from the University of Pretoria with the degrees BLC (with distinction) in 1994 and LLB (with distinction) in 1996.  In 1997 Willem was awarded the Bradlow International Human Rights Law Scholarship for 1997-1998.  In 1998, he received the LLM degree summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in the United States.  In December 2015 Willem was awarded the LLD degree from the University of Pretoria with a thesis entitled: To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war: Jan Christian Smuts (1870  1950) and the genesis of international organisation and human rights
 
Willem was the recipient of, among others, the Schiltz Prize for the best student in the final year of the BLC degree, the Grotius Medal and Harold Galasko Prize for the best student in the final year of the LLB degree, and the Butterworths Prize for the student who wrote the best essay.  At Notre Dame Law School he received Dean's Awards for Excellent Achievement in International Law and Accountability for Gross Violations of Human Rights. 
 
In 1998 Willem was admitted to practice in New York and joined an international law firm in New York City.  Between 1998 and 2012 he had an active trial practice in New York, trying more than 130 cases to conclusion.  Willem completed his formal trial advocacy training at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1998) in South Bend, Indiana, and at the American Bar Association’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston (2004).
 
Willem was appointed as an extra-ordinary lecturer in the Department of Procedural Law in 2013, as a full-time Lecturer on 1 February 2014, and as a Senior Lecturer on 1 January 2016.
 
Teaching Activities
 
Willem teaches Law of Evidence (BWR 321), Civil Procedure (SIP 420), and Legal Practice (RPK 320), as well as courses on Trial Advocacy and Litigation Technique and Cross-Examination at the Pretoria School for Legal Practice, L.E.A.D., and through [email protected]
 
List of Publications
 
Books and book contributions:
  • The fundamental principles of effective trial advocacy (2009) Juta.
  • ‘Guiding your client through a New York divorce’ in Divorce proceedings in New York (2009) Thomson Reuters, co-authored with Margaretha L. Gravett.
  • ‘Die bydrae van Jan Christian Smuts tot internasionale reg en organisasie,’ in Jan Smuts: ‘n Herwaardering (Forthcoming 2017), co-authored with Prof. Christof Heyns
Articles:
  • ‘Balancing on the sword’s edge: May an attorney acquire a mortgage over a client’s home to secure a legal fee?’ (2013) 76 Journal Of Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 537, co-authored with Prof. Rian Cloete
  • ‘“I am not overcompensated enough:” The moral compass of the American lawyer’ (2012) 25(1) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 43.
  • ‘Trial advocacy training in the United States’ (2011) 24(1) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 32, co-authored with Conrad van Loggerenberg.
  • ‘Effective opening statements in American trial practice (Part III)’ (2009) 22(3) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 26.
  • ‘Effective opening statements in American trial practice (Part II)’ (2009) 22(2) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 45.
  • ‘Effective opening statements in American trial practice (Part I)’ (2009) 22(1) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 45.
  • ‘A few last thoughts on direct examination in American trial practice (Part IV)’ (2008) 21(2) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 33.
  • ‘Control on direct examination in American trial practice (Part III): Keeping the focus on the witness and maximising the impact of the testimony’ (2008) 21(2) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 48.
  • ‘Control on direct examination in American trial practice (Part II): Preparation, selection, and organization’ (2007) 20(3) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 44.
  • ‘Thou shalt not lead: Basic principles of direct examination in American trial practice (Part I)’ (2007) 20(2) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 21.
  • ‘Cross-examining expert witnesses in American trial practice: Part II’ (2007) 20(1) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 36.
  • ‘Cross-examining expert witnesses in American trial practice: Part I’ (2006) 19(3) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 25.
  • ‘The fundamental principles of cross-examination in American trial practice: Part II’ (2006) 19(2) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 48.
  • ‘The fundamental principles of Cross-examination in American trial practice: Part I’ (2006) 19(1) Advocate – The South African Bar Journal 48.
Areas of Specialisation
 
Willem's main areas of interest are Trial Advocacy and Litigation Technique, Judicial Decision-making, Legal Practice, Law of Evidence, and Civil Procedure.  He also engages in research on the history of International Law and Organisation, specifically the contribution of Jan Christian Smuts.
 
Academic & Professional Memberships
 
Willem is and Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a Member of the New York State Bar.
 
Tel: +27 12 420-2741
Fax: +27 12 420-4405
E-mail: [email protected]   
 
 
(Updated 05/04/2016)
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