Mr Actor Katurura

Lecturer & Head of Department
Private Law
Telephone Number: 
+27 43 704 7523
Teaching Responsibilities: 

African Customary Law, Legal Research Methodology, Administrative Law

Research Interests: 

Environmental Law, Customary Law, Jurisprudence


Actor Katurura obtained B Juris (Bachelor of law) and LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degrees from the University of Fort Hare during the period1995-1999. After brief stints as a legislative draftsperson (in 2000) and corporate legal officer for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (2001),  he  was awarded a prestigious SADC scholarship by the  International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to study for an LLM in Environmental Law at the then University of Natal in 2002. Actor Katurura then added onto these qualifications a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training awarded cum laude in 2007.

In 2003, Mr Katurura joined academia as a lecturer at the then Rhodes University–East London Campus. Over the years he has been involved in the teaching of a wide range of undergraduate courses as well in the supervision of postgraduate students and presented several  papers on a number of subjects at law conferences as well as at colloquia on  teaching and  learning. Mr Katurura  has also been (and remains) a Head of Department (Private Law), was the first foundation Programme co-ordinator and a member of several administrative structures within the Faculty and the University; notably the University Senate, Senate Executive Committee (Senex),  Senate Teaching and Learning  Committee  and  the Senate Rules and Regulations Committee. In these positions, Mr Katurura has assisted the Faculty of Law and University with, inter alia, curriculum design, quality assurance and compliance issues, and in the co-ordination of continuing education projects.  Most notable amongst the continuing education projects is his involvement in the design and delivery of short courses in Local Government Law and Administration since 2008.  Mr Katurura  was responsible for developing these courses into an accredited Diploma in Local Government Law & Administration. These offerings are designed as part of our capacity building contribution in local government. At present he coordinates these offerings which have spread to the Free State and the Northern Cape, thereby enlarging our community engagement footprint.

Between 2006 and 2013, Mr Katurura worked as a guest lecturer in environmental law at the Rhodes Business School, and in 2007 and 2008 participated in a teaching exchange programme between our Faculty and the Faculty of Law at UWC. In addition, since 2010 he has been a lecturer of the “Environment, Society and Technology” umthamo/module and in 2011 lectured an additional module, “Democracy, Diversity and Identity” on the Life Knowledge Action/Grounding Programme. Currently  Mr Katurura  also teaches Introduction to Property and Planning Law in the Bachelor of Social Science-Human Settlements. In 2010 he was the recipient of the institutional Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award   in the Developing Teacher category.  He is Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) Fellow