The Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa Conference 2017

16-20 January 2017
Swakopmund, Namibia

The Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa

The Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa [SLTSA] organises a conference every eighteen months where all those involved in legal education and training (law lecturers) have an opportunity to exchange ideas and research findings.

SLTSA’s aims are:

  • to promote teaching and research in the field of law
  • to further the common professional interests of teachers of law
  • to serve, to such an extent as may be possible, as a common mouthpiece for teachers of law in Southern Africa

SLTSA is given statutory recognition in South Africa, both within the Magistrates Commission Act and the Judicial Services Commission Act. Since the membership is open to all Southern African law schools, which may translate in its recognition within laws of SADC states, the SLTSA is well-positioned to play a central role in regional integration plans of the Southern African Development Community [SADC]. The significance of the conference as a dais for policy making, regulatory developments and legal education cannot be gainsaid. The Law Society of Southern Africa (LSSA), the Judicial Service Commission and the Magistrates’ Commission, amongst others, are permanent features of the SLTSA conferences. They are avid contributors of recommendations and policy reform suggestions to the legal profession.

The Faculty of Law of The University of Namibia shall host the 2017 Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa [SLTSA] conference from 16 to 20 January 2017. The Conference will be held at the Dome Conference Centre in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia.

There are direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Walvisbay, which serves as the airport for Swakopmund. There are taxi and shuttle services from Walvisbay to Swakopmund on a regular basis. Car rental services are also available at the Walvisbay airport.

The Faculty of Law therefore wishes to extend it’s warmest regards to all colleagues. We look forward to welcoming all of you to Namibia, more particularly, Swakopmund where the conference will be held. The heart of the conference will remain an exchange of sound academic research, academic collaboration and the integration of legal academic community on a dynamic, national and international platform of legal research. Coupled with this excellence of legal research, you can also look forward to taking in breath-taking sunsets over Swakopmund, beautiful German colonial architecture, warm days and a mild desert climate.

The University of Namibia has secured plenary speakers across the spectrum of legal academia, the judiciary itself and the profession. The guest speakers include the Honourable Chief Justice of Namibia, Mr Justice Peter Shivute, The Minister of Justice, Honorable Dr Albert Kawana and Adv. Thuli Madonsela, the outgoing Public Protector of South Africa.

The general theme of the conference is

“Land Reform: Lessons for Law, Good Governance and Legal Education”

and the suggested sub-themes are as follows:

  1. Administrative Justice And Land Reform
  2. Communal Land and Informal settlements
  3. Compensation
  4. Eminent Domain
  5. Equity And Transparency In The Process Of Land Reform
  6. Expropriation and Negotiated Settlement
  7. Human Rights
  8. Indigenization
  9. Land Distribution And Resettlement
  10. Land Reform and Legal Education
  11. Legality
  12. Mining and Minerals Law
  13. Public Interest and Private Rights
  14. State Intrusion
  15. State Liability

NB: Papers are not restricted to the above sub-themes. Any paper(s) on a topic not covered above will be welcomed.

Call for Papers

Submissions are invited on the sub-themes and in all the major disciplines of law, with specific focus on:

Legal education and writingQuality assurance of legal education
Criminal ProcedureEvidence
Consumer Protection LawFamily Law
Labour LawEnvironmental Law
Child law Constitutional Law
Criminal Law (Dolus Eventualis)Clinical Law
JurisprudenceCustomary Law
Administrative LawCivil Procedure
Company LawIntellectual Property Law
DelictGender Law
Human Rights LawInsolvency Law
Property Law Legal Commercial Law
E-Commerce LawInternational Trade Law
Competition LawCorporate Governance
Law of ObligationsThe impact of social media on the law
Access to JusticeAlternate Dispute Resolution
Customary LawLaw of Succession
Health Law/ Medical Law/ BioethicsInternational Humanitarian Law
International Criminal JusticeInternational law

Colleagues who are interested in serving as subject conveners of the above subjects including the sub-themes for the plenary sessions can either contact or by 31 July 2016.

Please follow the style guide: Namibia Law Journal House Style Guide (PDF)

Due dates for abstracts and papers

Submission of one abstract of 500 words15 October 2016
Confirmation of acceptance of abstract25 October 2016
Submission of full paper (maximum of 12.000 words)15 November 2016

Presenters are not allowed to submit a paper presented at a previous SLTSA Conference.

All enquiries pertaining to registration and operational as well as academic matters may be directed to,, or

Registration fee

Your registration fee includes all conference documentation, tea breaks and lunch during the conference days (18-20 January 2016). Flights, transport to and from the conference venue and any overnight accommodation are for the delegate’s own account.

Conference Registration Fee is N$2500.00 (1 Namibian Dollar = 1 South African Rand); Note: the South African Rand is a legal tender in Namibia

The last day for registration is 15 October 2016.

The last day for payment of the registration fees is 30 October 2016.

Participation and payment of registration fees

The Standard Registration Fee is N$2500.00

In order to register for the participation, please provide us your name, institution, fax, and email address. You may pay the registration fees directly into the University of Namibia account given below and send us a copy of the proof of payment to

The account name:The University of Namibia
Bank name:First National Bank, Windhoek
Account No.:55500057621
Reference:0300-6442 Ref.: [place the Reference Number from the registration form here]
Branch code:Main, Windhoek, Namibia
Swift code:FIRNNANX

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