Job Details

  • Reference number: RG01/198/0623
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: July 5th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Law

Department of Mercantile Law

Gys Steyn Chair: Financial Regulation

Ref. RG01/198/0623

The incumbent will be appointed at the level of Professor or Associate Professor, if satisfying the requirements at that post level.

The Faculty of Law is looking to fill a vacancy in the Department of Mercantile Law. The appointee will be the first incumbent of one of the flagship initiatives of the Faculty of Law: the Gys Steyn Chair in Financial Regulation Law (the “Chair”). The Chair’s main responsibility will be to contribute to excellence in the Faculty of Law in the area of Financial Regulation Law. The incumbent of the Chair will lecture primarily in particular aspects in the area of Financial Regulation Law, but may also be required to fulfil other teaching responsibilities within the Department and Faculty, taking into account relevant factors. The incumbent will, furthermore, conduct research that focuses on Financial Regulation Law, provide postgraduate supervision in that area of law, and — with available financial support from the Faculty — establish a research centre in that area of law (the “Centre”). The incumbent must also contribute to the administrative functioning of the Faculty, and perform other duties as assigned by the Faculty.

The Department of Mercantile Law intends to establish a chair and centre in Financial Regulation Law, and a specialised postgraduate master’s level programme (i.e., LLM or similar) in Financial Regulation Law. The Department also seeks to establish a strong focus on research in Financial Regulation Law, as well as in other areas of Mercantile Law.

Job Description


  • Lecturing two modules at the LLM (or equivalent) level in Financial Regulation Law and also other law modules;
  • Developing and coordinating a specialised LLM (or equivalent programme) in Financial Regulation Law;
  • Actively researching, writing and publishing in Financial Regulation Law;
  • Postgraduate supervision in Financial Regulation Law or other areas of commercial law;
  • Establishing and managing a research centre in Financial Regulation Law (the “Centre”);
  • Establishing a network of experts (and institutions) associated with the Centre, from amongst others, regulators, practitioners, prosecutors and businesses;
  • Establishing the Centre as the leading academic focal point in Financial Regulation Law, including hosting an annual conference in Financial Regulation Law and offering short courses;
  • Contributing to the administrative functioning of the Faculty; 
  • Performing such other duties as assigned by the Faculty.

Inherent Criteria


  • Recognised expertise in the area of Financial Regulation Law, whether as an academic or in practice (LLD or an appropriate PhD for appointment as Professor or Associate Professor);
  • An established publication record in the area of Financial Regulation Law (for appointment as Professor or Associate Professor), or commensurate experience in practice; 
  • Experience in postgraduate mentorship and supervision (or, in the case of someone with experience in practice, the ability to provide such guidance);
  • Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (or, in the case of someone with experience in practice, the ability to undertake such teaching).


  • A strong interest in research;
  • Good interpersonal relationships;
  • Experience of teaching in other areas of Mercantile Law at undergraduate or postgraduate level;
  • Legal practical experience;
  • Multilingualism;
  • An established network in the area of Financial Regulation Law; 
  • A strong academic record.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2024

Closing date: 15 August 2023

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof. S Karjiker, Head of Department of Mercantile Law, on 021 808 37833, or at

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE). In accordance with the institutional EE plan of the University and the EE Plan of the specific environment, persons from designated groups will receive preference over foreign nationals where EE targets are a factor. Where EE is not a factor, South African citizens will receive preference over foreign nationals.

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.


The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates. The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires people in occupations that entail potential exposure to certain hazards (such as, but not limited to: noise, hazardous chemical substances and hazardous biological agents) to be subjected to medical screening, to determine their fitness to work in the said occupations.

Should no feedback be received from the University within four to six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.