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The University of Fort Hare has announced the appointment of Professor Mzukisi Njotini as Dean of the Faculty of Law who will join the institution next month.

Professor Njotini’s academic career includes post-doctoral research at Oxford University and key leadership positions at both rural and urban universities in South Africa.

Previously, he was Vice-Dean: Teaching and Learning of the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).  In this role, Professor Njotini devised and introduced teaching and learning frameworks that support ‘education for sustainable development’.

He has substantive experience in University leadership positions. Before taking up the position at UJ, he was Professor and Director of the School of Law at the University of Limpopo. While acting as Director, he oversaw the re-accreditation of the LLB programme by the Council on Higher Education.

Before joining the University of Limpopo, Professor Njotini was a Senior Lecturer in the College of Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

His area of specialisation is Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Law, Legal Philosophy, Law and Ethics, and Legal Informatics (intersection between law and 4IR).

He has contributed significantly to academic knowledge in his chosen area, and has authored a number of journal articles, case notes, books and chapters in books in the field of ICT law.

He was a co-editor of Law and Industry 4.0: Selected perspectives on a new scholarship of teaching and learning, LexisNexis (2020) and of the Yearbook of South African Law, Vol 1, Juta & Co (2020). He has published in several law journals, including De Jure Law Journal, the South African Mercantile Law Journal, OBITER, the Potchefstroom Electronic Law (PER) Journal, the Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa, the African Human Rights Law Journal and the Stellenbosch Law Review.

Professor Njotini holds an LLB degree from Vista University and LLM and LLD degrees from the University of South Africa. He did his post-doctoral research with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Professor Njotini is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science. He is currently studying towards his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Johannesburg Business School.