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Private Law

The Department of Private Law of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be hosting the ninth Annual Private Law and Social Justice Conference on 21 and 22 August 2017 at the Conference Centre on the Summerstrand North Campus of the University.



The organizers invite academics to submit proposals for papers dealing with social justice issues in the area of private law. We will be running parallel sessions on the following topics:

  • Family Law
  • Land rights/property law
  • Customary Law
  • Consumer Law and Law of Contract
  • Banking and Finance Law (insofar as these areas relate to private law)
  • IT Law
  • Law of Unjustified enrichment
  • Law of Delict
  • Insurance law
  • General panel - this panel is made up of topics that to not fit under any of the above categories.

Proposals for papers are due by 31 MAY 2017. No late proposals will be accepted.

A proposal should include the following: The title of the paper and an abstract of no more than 250 words; author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation and contact details; three to four keywords. Please indicate how your proposal relates to the theme.

Completed papers may not exceed 20 minutes. Please note that all abstracts will be peer reviewed. Abstracts have to be sent to If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt of your abstract within two days of sending it, please contact Mr Eugene Christoffels.

You may also address any queries regarding the conference to the; we will attend to them as soon as possible.