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 Faculty of Law of The University of Namibia shall host The Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa [SLTSA] conference under the theme:
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:
- Administrative Justice And Land Reform
- Communal Land and Informal settlements
- Eminent Domain
- Equity And Transparency In The Process Of Land Reform
- Expropriation and Negotiated Settlement
- Human Rights
- Land Distribution And Resettlement
- Land Reform and Legal Education
- Mining and Minerals Law
- Public Interest and Private Rights
- State Intrusion
- State Liability
NB: Papers are not restricted to the above sub-themes. Any paper(s) on a topic not covered above will be welcomed.