Accountability and Dependability as Pillars of Property Law

10 Sep 2010 - 18:41

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, has pleasure in inviting you to the Inaugural Lecture of



on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 17h30

Lecture Theatre 2D, Robert Leslie Social Sciences Bldg, UCT Upper Campus.

Guests to be seated by 17h15.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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Professor Hanri Mostert (BA LLB LLM LLD (Stell)) joined the UCT Law Faculty in 2008, having been a member of Stellenbosch University's Law Faculty from 2001. Her teaching and research interests are focused on the public law aspects of property law, in particular how they relate to matters of land and minerals.

Hanri completed her doctoral studies in 2000, having benefited from NRF and DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarships, which enabled an extensive sojourn in Germany. Her doctoral dissertation on constitutional property protection was published internationally, as a monograph in the reputable "Schwarze Reihe" of the Max Planck Institut für ausländisches Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht. Since then, she has published nationally and internationally, on land law and mineral law. As author she participates in national and international collections such as Silberberg & Schoeman's Law of Property; the Mineral and Petroleum Law of South Africa and the Nomos Anwaltskommentar (Band III: Sachenrecht).

Hanri's research projects are united by a concern about the layers of responsibility that should underpin the proper functioning of property law. She defends the notion of engaged citizenship, as an aspect of responsibility, in the enhancement of freedom and quality of life for the individual and the collective. She emphasizes the state's duty in achieving better living standards and ensuring freedom of its subjects in the property law context. She comments on the achievements of the judiciary in building a society that subscribes to the notions of accountability and dependability in property law.

Hanri is rated as an established researcher by the National Research Foundation in South Africa. She is a Georg Forster Fellow of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and a fellow of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Programme in the United Kingdom. She has recently been appointed visiting professor by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.