Job Details

  • Reference number: RG03/151/0624
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: June 26th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Law

Department of Public Law

Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer: International Law

Ref. RG03/151/0624

The Faculty of Law is looking to fill a vacancy in the Department of Public Law. The main responsibility of the incumbent will be to contribute to excellence in the Faculty of Law. The incumbent will lecture primarily in the field of public international law, but will also assume further teaching responsibilities within the Department and Faculty, considering relevant factors. The incumbent will furthermore conduct research and provide postgraduate supervision that focuses on public international 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 Public Law is responsible for teaching several of the core modules in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Law, including constitutional law, human rights law, public international law, legal philosophy, interpretation of statutes, public procurement law, integrated legal studies, criminal law, and matters related to the criminal justice system. The Department places emphasis on quality teaching and postgraduate supervision in these areas. The Department also has a strong focus on research and social impact. The Department is seeking to appoint a suitable individual who is an expert in the field of public international law, but who also has a keen interest in the areas of human rights law, legal philosophy, interpretation of statutes, or legal education.

Job Description


  • Lecturing in the area of public international law at undergraduate (and possibly postgraduate) level, as well as other areas in the Department of Public Law;
  • Supervising postgraduate students in the area of public international law; 
  • Contributing to the research outputs of the Department and Faculty;
  • Contributing to the administrative functioning of the Department and Faculty;
  • Performing such other duties as assigned by the Faculty.

Inherent Criteria


  • An LLD, or a PhD in public international law;
  • An established record of publications in accredited law journals (for appointment as Associate Professor) or at least some publications in accredited law journals (for appointment as Senior Lecturer); 
  • Experience in postgraduate mentorship and supervision;
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching.


  • A strong interest in research;
  • Good interpersonal relationships;
  • Experience in teaching public international law at undergraduate and / or postgraduate level;
  • Legal practical experience;
  • Multi-lingualism; 
  • NRF rating; 
  • Strong academic record.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:

01 January 2025

Closing date:

15 July 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof BV Slade, Head of the Department of Public Law, on 021 808 3195, 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.

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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. 

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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.