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About The Department

We are a department of active researchers whose research coheres closely with our teaching. Our research interests vary widely but are concentrated in a number of key areas. These include (in no particular order):

  • the doctrine and theory of the law of delict;
  • customary law;
  • land law and land redistribution;
  • unjustified enrichment;
  • family law, including Muslim family law;
  • law of contract;
  • law of succession;
  • adjectival law, in particular civil procedure
  • comparative law and the nature of legal systems;
  • various facets of legal history, including Roman law;
  • the theory of legal education and
  • the jurisprudential context of private law.

These individual research projects form the core of the research programme in the Department. They also constitute the focus of the LLM in Private Law and Human Rights launched by the Department in 2015 .