Job Details

  • Reference number: RG01/002/0124
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: February 8th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Law

Department of Mercantile Law

Senior Lecturer / Lecturer: Department of Mercantile Law

(Two posts)

Ref. RG01/002/0124

The Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University (SU) has two vacancies in the Department of Mercantile Law. The main responsibility of the incumbent will be to contribute to excellence in the Faculty of Law. The incumbent will lecture in one or more of the following specialised areas:  Mercantile Law, International Trade Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Law and Technology, but may also be required to fulfil further teaching responsibilities within the Department and Faculty, taking into account relevant factors. The incumbent will furthermore conduct research which broadly focuses on such specialised areas, and provide postgraduate supervision in such specialised areas of law. 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 is responsible for teaching several of the core modules in a number of specialised LLM programmes, such as in International Trade Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Law and Technology, and service courses for other faculties. Accordingly, the Department is looking to strengthen its expertise in these areas. The Department also has a strong focus on research within these fields, as well as in other areas of Mercantile Law.

Job Description


  • Lecturing modules in one or more of the specialised LLM programmes in International Trade Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Law and Technology, as well as in other law modules;
  • Lecturing in the undergraduate law programmes and service modules; 
  • Actively researching, writing and publishing in the assigned field(s) of law;
  • Postgraduate supervision;
  • Contributing to the administrative functioning of the Faculty; 
  • Performing such other duties as assigned by the Faculty.

Inherent Criteria


  • LLM with a relevant undergraduate degree in law (for appointment as Lecturer);
  • LLD or an appropriate PhD (for appointment as Senior Lecturer). In the case of an applicant from practice who does not hold a full-time academic appointment, reputation in legal practice and professional legal experience may be considered in the absence of an LLD/PhD;
  • Publications (for appointment as Senior Lecturer); 
  • Experience in postgraduate mentorship and supervision (for appointment as Senior Lecturer);
  • Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (for appointment as Senior Lecturer).


  • A strong interest in research;
  • Good interpersonal relationships;
  • Experience with teaching in other areas of Mercantile Law at undergraduate or postgraduate level;
  • Legal practical experience;
  • Multilingualism; 
  • A strong academic record.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:

01 July 2024

Closing date: 

16 February 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof S Karjiker, Head of the 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

Stellebosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University.

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.

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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.