Decolonising Land event poster

In this event, which marks Black History Month 2021, Professor Elmien du Plessis (North-West University South Africa) and Mr Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC, author of The Land is Ours: Black lawyers and the Birth of Constitutionalism in South Africa and Land Matters: South Africa’s Failed Land Reforms and the Road Ahead, will reflect on aspects of their work relating to land title, restitution and reform.

The event has been organised in collaboration with the Oxford Law Black Alumni Network and will be chaired by Sfiso Benard Nxumalo, presently the President of the Network.

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About the speakers and chair:

Picture of Prof Elmien du Plessis

Elmien (WJ) du Plessis is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the North-West University, South Africa. She holds BA (International relations), LLB and LLD degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. She obtained her doctorate on "Compensation for Expropriation under the Constitution" in 2009. She is interested in property law issues, especially in the land reform sphere, and has published numerous articles and chapters in this area. She is interested in the stories that the law tells but also in investigating whose story gets told and why.

Photo of Mr Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC

Mr Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, who has been conferred the status of Senior Counsel (SC). He holds the degrees of BProc, LLB (Unitra), LLM (Rhodes) and LLM (London School of Economics). He is a best-selling author of The Land is Ours: Black lawyers and the Birth of Constitutionalism in South Africa and Land Matters: South Africa’s Failed Land Reforms and the Road Ahead.

Sfiso Nxumalo

Sfiso Benard Nxumalo is a DPhil Candidate at the University of Oxford, and his research concerns the development of an African jurisprudence towards human rights and establishing a bill of duties. He holds an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BCL degree from the University of Oxford. He worked at Bowmans Inc as a candidate attorney and as a law clerk at the South African Constitutional Court, working under Justice Khampepe and Justice Majiedt. He is also a Constitutional Court Ismail Mohamed fellow and a Chevening scholar.  He is broadly interested in private law, property law, constitutional law and administrative law.

The event is open to the public but you must register to attend. Please note that the event will be recorded and the recording made available online after the event.

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