Mr Jacques D. Mahler-Coetzee

BA HONS; LLB; LLM; PGDHET (Cum Laude); Admitted Attorney
Senior Lecturer
Private Law
Secondary Department: 
Mercantile Law
Telephone Number: 
+27 43 7047520
Teaching Responsibilities: 

Medical Jurisprudence, Law of Delict, Law of Persons & the Family, Commercial Law

Other Responsibilities

Instructor LSSA School for Legal Practice, East London; Library Committee, Project Leader (UFH) CHED/CITL Large Classes Project

Research Interests: 

Legal Pedagogy, Medical law & Ethics, Marine & Coastal Law, Heritage &Culture, Environmental Law


Jacques Mahler-Coetzee holds a BA (in Industrial & Organisational Psychology), a BA Hons (in English Language & Literature), an LLB and LLM (in Environmental Law, International Trade Law) from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Postgraduate diploma in Higher Education & Training cum laude (UFH). He was admitted as Advocate of the (then) Supreme Court of South Africa in 1994 and Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1996. Mr Mahler practiced law in Cape Town before relocating to Paris, France as a legal consultant, and thereafter Germany as an in-house legal advisor for logistics ventures with interests in the Balkans & Australia. In 2003 he took up the post of law lecturer with Rhodes University, and joined UFH on the East London Campus as law lecturer in 2004, serving as acting HOD of EL Law Department until 2005, and since 2010, as Senior Lecturer in the Nelson Mandela School of Law. 

 He is a two-time recipient of the UFH Vice- Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2008 & 2015). From 2009-2014, Mr Mahler served as UFH Team Leader for the Mellon-funded national Large Classes Research Project. As an accredited Education Training & Development (EDT) Practitioner since 2009, Mr Mahler also serves as Instructor for the Law Society of South Africa’s School for Legal Practice in East London.  To date, he has presented 16 local and international conference papers. Mr Mahler is also an author on law texts, workbooks and digital materials published by LexisNexis (Law Lifeline: Delict; Law Lifeline: Contract), Oxford University Press (Introduction to Law & Legal Skills in South Africa, print & e-Edition) and Pearson (Law of Persons & the Family, 1st & 2nd print editions; My Legal Experience, e-Publication). Mr Mahler is currently on sabbatical completing his Doctor of Laws (LLD) under the chair of the Law of the Sea & Development in Africa at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.