UKZN Hosts SA Property Law Teachers Colloquium
The annual South African Property Law Teachers Colloquium hosted by the School of Law provided a platform for academics to exchange knowledge and share insights on the latest developments in the field of property law.
The three-day Conference, first hosted by the School in 2006, featured 12 presentations covering a broad spectrum of property law issues including the basic principles of property law, real security law, land reform, constitutional property and property theory.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi, said the Conference was in line with the University’s goal of pre-eminence in research as it created a research link between UKZN and other South African universities.
‘Conferences like this one also provide a platform and an opportunity for networking and collaborations among academics from various institutions and organisations,’ said Mubangizi. ‘In particular, it is a good opportunity for established researchers to engage with each other and with the younger academics to create sustainable research networks and collaborations that will thrive beyond the Conference.’
The Colloquium was preceded by the Postgraduate Day which provided 12 masters and doctoral students with an opportunity to present their work and gain valuable feedback from property law scholars on their research topics. This allowed the students to establish a network with experts in this field, which is vital for future collaborations and journal publications.
The School’s Deputy Academic Leader in Research, Professor Warren Freedman, who co-ordinated the Conference, said the event gave participants a good sense of current research in the field of property law which resulted in the papers presented being published as journal articles.
‘One of the most important outcomes was to catch up with colleagues from other universities working in the same field and to meet new colleagues. Over the past 20 years, the Colloquium has helped build a community of property Law scholars in South Africa. As a result, property law is one of the most collegial branches of the study of law in South Africa today,’ he said.
The Colloquium was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Juta, ENS Africa, Venn’s Attorneys and Lexis Nexis.