Judg Fritz Brand
Private Law
IB 79

Short CV

Judge Fritz Brand was born in Paarl, South Africa, on 16 February 1949. He studied at the University of Stellenbosch where he received the degrees BA (1970) and LLB (1972).

After receiving his LLB degree, he was appointed as senior lecturer in Private and Commercial Law in the Law Faculty, Stellenbosch from 1973 until the end of 1976. During this period he did post-graduate research at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and in December 1976 he received the LLM degree from Stellenbosch.

At the beginning of 1977 he joined the Cape Bar where he practiced as an advocate for the next fifteen years. In 1989 he was awarded the status of Senior Consultus (SC). While he practiced at the Bar, Judge Brand continued to lecture at the University of Stellenbosch on a part time basis and he was also involved in the education of pupil members of the Bar.

On 15 September 1992 he became a judge of the High Court of South Africa, Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division, a position he held until the last term of 2000 when he was appointed as an acting judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. At the end of 2001 he was appointed to that position in a permanent capacity.

During 1996 Judge Brand became a member of both the Judicial Education Committee in South Africa and of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute. In these capacities he attended courses, inter alia, in Canada and the USA. Since 1996 he presented seminars to High Court judges and magistrates in South Africa and in a number of other African countries. At present he also serves on the Advisory Council to the Chief Justice on Judicial Education.

During his years of practice, Judge Brand retained his interest in the academic study of the Law. He has presented lectures at a number of universities, both in South Africa and abroad. In 2005 he was appointed as Extraordinary Professor in Private Law at the University of the Free State and in 2006 he received the award of Outstanding Member of the Convocation from the University of Stellenbosch. During the first half of 2008 he was a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen in Scotland and a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private Law in Hamburg, Germany.

Judge Brand is responsible for the titles Defamation and Enrichment in the latest edition of the Law of South Africa. He also contributed, together with a number of Scottish and South African judges and academic lawyers to Mixed Legal Systems in Comparative Perspective. Property and Obligations in Scotland and South Africa under the editorship of Proff Zimmermann, Visser and Reid. His contribution, together with Dr Douglas Brody of the Edinburgh University, dealt with Good Faith in Contract.

Judge Brand and his wife, Elaine, live in Bloemfontein. They have three children, two sons and a daughter.

Area(s) of Interest

FRITZ BRAND B.A. (1970), LL.B. (1972), LL.M. (cum laude) (1976)

Inaugural lecture as Professor Extraordinary presented on WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH 2006:


Fritz Brand matriculates in 1966 from Vredenburg High School after which he studies at the University of Stellenbosch. The University of Stellenbosch appoints him as a senior lecturer in 1973 and he continues to lecture until 1976. From 1977 he practices as a member of the Cape Bar and becomes a senior advocate (SC) in 1989. On the 15th of September 1992, he is appointed as Judge in the Cape High Court and thereafter, in 2001, as Judge in the Highest Court of Appeal. For the past 10 years, he has been involved in the training of High Court judges. Consequently he has presented various seminars in South Africa, as well as other African countries.

On academic front, he continues to lecture at various universities. He was co-worker of a comparative study on aspects of South African and Scottish law, which was published in 2005 and is also responsible for the titles `Defamation` and `Enrichment` that appears in the latest edition of Lawsa. At the end of 2005, the University of Stellenbosch honoured him with honorary colours as `an exceptional member of the Convocation".

After his appointment as Judge of Appeal, he moved to Bloemfontein with his wife, Elaine and youngest son. His elder two children completed their studies at Stellenbosch.




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