UFH Law Dean appointed President of the South African Law Deans’ Association

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The University of Fort Hare congratulates Prof Mzukisi Njotini, the Dean of the Faculty of Law on his appointment as the President of the South African Law Deans’ Association (SALDA). Prof Njotini's appointment was made during one of SALDA’s annual meetings that was held at the University’s Alice campus in April.

SALDA is a duly constituted and authorized body consisting of and representing Deans of Faculties and/or Schools of Law. It responds to the needs, views, and concerns of its members. It discusses matters of common interest relating to the management and execution of teaching and research in law at South Africa’s universities.

The meeting was the first of its kind to be hosted by our institution. It marked a sharp and stern recognition by the SALDA of the institution’s remarkable work in fostering quality teaching, learning, research, and innovation.

Prof Njotini's illustrious career includes serving as the Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) where he pioneered teaching and learning frameworks aligned with the principles of "education for sustainable development."

Before his time at UJ, Professor Njotini held positions such as Professor and Director of the School of Law at the University of Limpopo (UL) and Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in the College of Law at the University of South Africa. Notably, as Director, he played a pivotal role in the re-accreditation of the LLB programme by the CHE, underscoring his dedication to academic excellence.

Professor Njotini's areas of specialization encompass critical legal domains including information and communications technology law (ICT), the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), cybersecurity, legal philosophy, and ethics.

His scholarly contributions are extensive, evidenced by numerous journal articles, case notes, books, and book chapters in the field of ICT Law. Noteworthy among his co-edited books are "Law and Industry 4.0: Selected Perspectives on a New Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" and volumes 1 and 2 of the "Yearbook of South African Law."

Furthermore, Professor Njotini has presented peer-reviewed papers at both national and international conferences, enriching scholarly discourse in his areas of expertise. He has also developed several courses and programmes, including the Research Methodology in Law and Criminal Justice at UNISA and the Programme in Law and the 4IR at UJ. His teaching portfolio encompasses a diverse range of subjects such as Legal Ethics, Corporate Governance, Cyber Law, and Law and Industry 4.0.

In addition to his impressive academic credentials, Professor Njotini completed post-doctoral research with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. His research endeavors culminated in the publication of three journal articles, further solidifying his reputation as a leading authority in the field.