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Welcoming our new postgraduate students to the UCT Faculty of Law

Wondering if, and when, you need to be on campus in Cape Town in 2021?  All the information is available here.

The Faculty is keen to ensure from the start that our postgraduate students feel welcome and at home in the Faculty. We have great facilities for postgraduates, and we will introduce you to your new academic space and to your postgrad "family" so that you know who is who and where to find what, both online and on campus.

To provide a thorough orientation, the Faculty offers a number of different orientation programmes, depending on the degree programme for which you are registered. 

When all of our work is conducted in person, we offer all new research students undertaking LLM/ MPhil degrees by dissertation only, and all new PhDs, a full-week's induction, held in our prestigious Oliver Tambo Moot Court. This induction is a week of sessions to orientate you across the Faculty, from where to get your coffee, to how to book a desk in the PostGraduate Library Lounge, and from when research training seminars are held, to where the Dean's Office and the Faculty Office are.  

For all coursework students (PGDip, LLM and MPhil), when we are operating face-to-face we run an intensive session to clue you in to where your lectures will be held, where your lecturers can be found, how to find your way around the Faculty, where the cafeteria is, where the healthier food options can be found, and how to navigate your way to the Law Library.

With so many world-class research units undertaking socially responsive work in the Faculty, it's easy to focus in only on one's own area of study and miss insights into this work and overlook opportunities to participate in lunchtime seminars and evening events. Our posgraduate orientation and induction programmes are designed to make sure this doesn't happen, even through our remote online offerings.

Orientation 2021 (PGDip and Masters programmes with coursework) 

The UCT Senate has adopted a policy of ‘low density’ for campus for the first semester of 2021. This means that although students are expected to be in Cape Town for some contact teaching, many of our usual activities and practices will be adjusted to meet national and university requirements.  

The Faculty's Postgraduate Orientation Programmes will be offered via online platform this year, and includes as much information as would be provided in our face-to-face formats. There may be question & answer sessions via Zoom/Microsoft Teams for additional information and clarification after reviewing the online orientation documentation. Keep an eye out for information being sent to postgraduates from 15 January 2021.

By way of example, the January 2020 Orientation programme can be found hereTopics included the following:

  • Library sessions
  • The Writing Centre and the importance of the Writing Workshops
  • Navigating UCT systems
  • Introduction to the curriculum and specialisations offered within these qualifications
  • Pertinent aspects in respect of the dissertation, supervisors, and the all-important Memorandum of Understanding
  • The PGLSC - your representative Postgraduate Law Students Council
  • Introduction to South African Law - (for all non-law graduates and international students).

Induction Week (for all research-only Masters students and PhDs)

The Faculty's face-to-face Induction Week is usually held in late January of each year to welcome new research students to the UCT Faculty of Law. For 2021, however - as with other aspects of Orientation and Registration - induction will be offered online. Keep an eye open for details of the 2021 induction programme.  Attached is the 2020 Research Induction Week programme, to give you an idea of induction content. 

Postgraduate Programme Conveners

** Please note: most Faculty academics are working from home and therefore the university numbers below may not be answered. Please use the email addresses provided below.




Commercial Law

Associate Professor J Yeats

+27 21 650 3069

Comparative Business Law in Africa

Professor A Ordor

+27 21 650 5687

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Professor P de Vos

+27 21 650 3079

Criminology, Law and Society

Professor E Van Der Spuy

+27 21 650 2988

Dispute Resolution

Ms M Carels

+27 21 650 3066

Environmental Law, Marine and Environmental Law

Professor A Paterson

+27 21 650 5644

Human Rights Law

Ms S Lutchman

+27 21 650 5654/5605

Intellectual Property Law

Associate Professor L Tong

+27 21 650 5686

International Law

Associate Professor C Powell

+27 21 650 5103

International Trade Law

Professor A Ordor

+27 21 650 5687

Labour Law

Dr Emma Fergus

+27 21 650 5617

Private Law and Human Rights

Not on offer in 2021


Law of Mineral and Petroleum Extraction and Use

Professor H Mostert

+27 21 650 4122

Public Law

Professor P de Vos

+27 21 650 3079

Shipping Law

Associate Professor G Bradfield

+27 21 650 2676

Tax Law

Associate Professor A Titus

Professor T Gutuza

+27 21 650 2617

+27 21 650 5900

International Law

Associate Professor J Hattingh

+27 21 650 5883