Ubuntu is short for the African expression umuntu ngumuntu ngobantu, directly translated it means that 'a person is a person through other people'. Professor Drucilla Cornell understands this as a principle of transcendence whereby people can overcome their own selfish interests and create an ethical community.
Several members of the department have recently published books.
The theme for this year's edition of the Acta Juridica is 'Dignity'. The collection of essays, which will be edited by Professor Drucilla Cornell and Dr Jaco Barnard-Naude is based on papers presented at the highly successful Dignity Conference, held at the Faculty on 26th and 27th of July 2007.
Last year saw two members of the department, Professors Danie Visser and Drucilla Cornell, being awarded A-ratings by the National Research Foundation.
The UCT Law Faculty hopes to appoint a number of LLB graduates to act as teaching assistants during 2015.
As a teaching assistant you will be expected to tutor LLB students, carry out a certain amount of marking and assist the students in your classes. In the Commercial Law Department you will also be involved in the courses that the department offers to non-law students. In addition you will be expected to fulfil a number of administrative responsibilities, including the invigilation of exams and tests (outside ordinary work hours). Although this is a full-time position, you will be given substantial time in which to pursue your own research interests. We strongly encourage TAs to register for graduate research degrees; candidates who plan to do so will be given preference in the selection process. TAs qualify for the staff fee rebate.
Mary Jiyani and Martin Fischer, both teaching assistants in the Department, are off to Oxford this month to read for the prestigious BCL degree. Mary, who is from Malawi, is a recipient of both the Mandela Rhodes and the Rhodes Scholarships, while Martin is a Chevening Scholar. Both taught Comparative Legal History at UCT, and plan to specialise in advanced private law theory at Oxford.
Professor Hanri Mostert is one of five prominent female researchers at UCT to have been awarded South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chairs in their respective fields as part of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) initiative to promote women in research.