Bumper graduation for law

12 June 2015

On 11 June the Faculty of Law graduated four PhDs, all members of the academic staff team (from left), Julie Berg, Esther Gumboh, Kathy Idensohn and Meryl du Plessis.

Speaking at a graduation breakfast before the ceremony, dean of the Faculty of Law Professor PJ Schwikkard said: "Graduations are just the best of occasions in any dean's calendar, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome our graduates and their families this morning.

"The June graduation is traditionally weighted towards post-LLB degrees and today is no exception. We will cap 50 LLMs, 15 MPhils, 14 postgraduate diploma awardees and 4 PhDs as well as 17 LLBs – a wonderful 100 in total.

"Most wonderful of all is that our four PhDs are all staff and we will be welcoming them back this afternoon as doctors."

Berg's thesis (she was supervised by Professor Clifford Shearing) tackled polycentric security governance. Du Plessis's thesis (she was supervised by Professor Alan Rycroft) examined access to work for disabled people in South Africa and focused on the intersections of social understandings of disability, substantive equality and access to social security. Gumboh's thesis (her supervisor was Professor Danwood Chirwa) presented a critical analysis of the impact of the Bill of Rights on punishment in Malawi. Idensohn's thesis tackled the basis and boundaries of employee fiduciary duties in South African common law (her supervisor was also Professor Alan Rycroft).

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