Job Details

  • Reference number: ID 543
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: January 12th
  • Remuneration package: The annual remuneration packages for 2023, including benefits and scarcity allowance for the respective levels are as follows: Lecturer: R 939 079 Senior Lecturer: R 1 129 743

Background to Position

We invite applications for vacant posts in the Department of Commercial Law, within the Faculty of Law, at the level of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer for appointment as soon as possible.

The Department intends to strengthen research and teaching across several areas of the commercial law curriculum, including, but not limited to the field of International Trade Law, Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Finance Law and Insolvency Law, and would welcome applications from candidates with an interest in these areas.

We wish to appoint applicants with the potential to be academic leaders, to be part of the Law Faculty, which values a critical and comparative approach to the study of the law.

Job Description


  • Teaching relevant field of Commercial Law courses offered by the Department of Commercial Law as required by the Department, including service courses in Commercial Law to non-law students.
  • Supervising students, including at postgraduate level.
  • Maintaining a research profile and publication output commensurate for level of appointment.
  • Contributing to Faculty and Department activities and administrative responsibilities appropriate to the level of appointment.
  • Maintaining social responsive activities commensurate with the level of appointment. 

Inherent Criteria

For Lecturer:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field of Commercial Law;
  • Some lecturing experience in the listed fields of Commercial Law or equivalent relevant experience;
  • Strong academic record; and
  • Some record of socially responsive activities, public or professional service. 

Advantageous for Lecturer position:

  • Some record of publications in a relevant field of Commercial Law;
  • Doctoral degree or equivalent level of scholarship in a relevant field of Commercial Law; and
  • Demonstrable capacity to supervise students.

For Senior Lecturer:

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent level of scholarship in a relevant field of Commercial Law;
  • Lecturing experience in a relevant field of Commercial Law;
  • Some record of postgraduate supervision;
  • Record of publications in a relevant field of Commercial Law;
  • Some evidence of academic administration; and
  • Some record of socially responsive activities, public or professional service.

Application Requirement

To apply, please visit the UCT Careers Site  to create a candidate profile and to submit your application. Please complete/attach the following to your profile before submitting your application: 

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Motivation/Cover letter systematically indicating how you meet the requirements as above;
  • Three referee names which must include their title and name, position details, relationship to you, their e-mail address and telephone number; and
  • Certified transcripts of your academic results.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo an assessment and references may be requested by UCT at any stage of the selection process.

Any enquiries for the position to be addressed to Ms Hlubi Ntsizi at or 021 650 3831.                         

Closing date:             22 January 2024 

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.