A Law School with a Conscience

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The Nelson R Mandela School of Law is not just about being technically competent in order to be comparable with the best.  Ours is a law school with a conscience. These are the passionate words of Mr Actor Katurura, Deputy Dean and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, which is part of the Nelson R Mandela School of Law.

During an interview with This Week @Fort Hare, Mr Katurura shared the Nelson R Mandela School of Law’s mission: “to produce law graduates that are not only technically competent but are also passionate about social justice and service to humanity. This is driven by our recognition of the importance of the social security net in a country where the three scourges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality are very central and endemic - especially in the Eastern Cape”.

“We are one of few law schools to include Social Security Law as a core module,” he said

One of the projects that are aligned with the school’s mission is the legal clinic that has been providing free legal services to indigent people since 1995. The clinic is based in East London and plans are afoot to convert the satellite office in Alice into a fully-fledged law clinic.

Mr Katurura, a proud recipient of the Vice-Chancellor Teaching Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2017, says his teaching philosophy is to humanize pedagogy to make a difference in society.

“In my practice, working with regular undergraduates and particularly when working with adult learners drawn from various municipalities in our local government capacity building programmes, I endeavour to work along the principles espoused by the University’s Humanising Pedagogy paradigm and its charter of ethical principles and values.”

The university’s Law students have also proven to be compatible with their counterparts through moot competitions in the country, continent and the world. Every year the university sends a team of Law students that goes to the All African Human Rights Moot Court Competition. One team went as far as the World Moot competition in Switzerland. This year the university was crowned the winners of the Kate O’Regan Intervarsity Moot Competition, for the second year running.

We have no doubt that our Law Graduates are comparable with the best and have the inclination to make a difference in society.

Mr Actor Katurura has a B. Juris, LLB and Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training (PGDHET) (cum laude) from the University of Fort Hare. He obtained his LLM - Environmental Law from the University of Natal (now UKZN). In 2016 he successfully completed the requirements of the Teaching Advancement at Universities (TAU) Fellowship.