Mr Stephen Stewart
Senior Lecturer, Department of Private Law
Other Responsibilities: Head of Department, Department of Mercantile
Law of insurance, conflict of laws, customary law
Mr Stewart holds the BA LLB degrees (Rhodes). He is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and has been a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Fort Hare since 1985. Mr Stewart practiced at the Eastern Cape Bar in Grahamstown as a member from December 1981 after having served pupillage and passing the Bar examinations, until January 1985 when he was appointed to the academic staff of the University of Fort Hare as Senior Lecturer where he became Head of Department after a few years. In 2009 he obtained credit in Assessment and Moderation of Student Learning, which is a module in the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training. Although the certificate does not reflect a mark, the assessor sent an email indicating that he had awarded a mark of 90%, in which he also said that it was the best he had seen (email available).
Mr Stewart has at different times been head or acting head of the departments of Public Law, Private Law and Mercantile Law and Head: Teaching Programmes, and consequently member of the University Senate for about 15 years during the time he has been at the University of Fort Hare. He has lectured a wide range of law modules.
Mr Stewart’s areas of expertise or interest include labour law, conflict of laws, customary law, law of insurance, constitutional law, and administrative law. He has also been chairperson of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee; Faculty Representative on the Senate teaching and Learning Committee; Member: Faculty Planning Committee; member of the Faculty interviewing panel for staff appointments; joint master’s dissertation supervisor.
He is currently Head of Department of Public Law and in addition to the duties associated therewith, his current duties and responsibilities include lecturing 4 modules per year at the Main Campus, including all academic and administrative work associated therewith; lecturing 2 modules per year at the Bhisho Campus, including all academic and administrative work associated therewith; Lecturing Labour Law in the SALGA programme; duties as Faculty Representative and acting chairperson on the University Timetable Committee, and chairperson from time to time of the Student Disciplinary Committee.