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Prof Caroline Nicholson

Dean: Faculty of Law

Message from the Dean

It is a very great honour to assume the mantle of Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State. I have been made most welcome by the university and faculty staff that have assisted me in every possible way to settle in seamlessly. I must particularly thank Prof JJ Henning for his kindness and support.  It will indeed be no easy task to fill the shoes of the man who has led the faculty so auspiciously for the last seventeen years. I should like to congratulate Prof Henning both on his recent NRF rating as well as the conferral of the title Distinguished Professor upon him. Prof Henning is an inspiration to us all and I am delighted that he remains a very important member of our faculty. Another special word of thanks to Prof Rita-Marie Jansen, whose warmth and friendly efficiency facilitates all that happens in the faculty.

The faculty boasts many of South Africa’s most illustrious jurists among its alumni. It is a vibrant, dynamic and exciting faculty staffed by enthusiastic, young experts, dedicated to legal education and training in South Africa. It is a privilege to lead this team into an exciting future in which the faculty will take its rightful place as the leading Faculty of Law in South Africa and one of the best faculties in Southern Africa. I sincerely believe that with sensitivity and commitment, the transformation process at the University of the Free State in general, and the Faculty of Law in particular, can deliver a faculty that is the jewel at the heart of the country, well-placed to supply socially aware and culturally relevant graduates to practice and related fields.

The faculty has embarked upon an active campaign to strengthen its regional and international ties. To this end, opportunities will be sought to facilitate ever greater exchange of expertise and ideas across state lines, with a view to enhancing its international profile and enriching its programmes. Concomitantly, the faculty will continue to strive to attract top students from within South Africa at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and to deliver to the South African community graduates who are well-rounded, socially aware and committed to the community. To this end, the faculty will seek to forge increasingly deep ties with the community within which the university exists and to further research on locally relevant topics.

I look forward to a rewarding relationship with the faculty and all its stakeholders, and take this opportunity to invite all interested parties to feel free to share their ideas with me. I thank Prof Jansen for entrusting the faculty to my care for the next five years. I hope to use that time to positively influence the faculty’s direction and bring about some meaningful innovations.

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