UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (LX003) - Detailed fields of study and curricula

Fields of study 

The diploma may be awarded in the following fields:

  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • General
  • Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation 
  • Information and Communications Law
  • International Law
  • International Law and Economics
  • Labour Law
  • Pension Fund Law
  • Tax Law

Note that not all fields or courses are offered every year.

Curricula for the fields of study 

The curriculum for each field of study is set out separately below.

Note the following:

The pre-requisites for The Economics of International Trade and Investment for PG Dip (BUSE5004) are:

  • A Bachelor of Commerce with third year Economics; or
  • A qualification in  Law  with third year Micro- and Macro Economics or equivalent;  or
  • Completion of the short course Economics for Law.

1. General Postgraduate Diploma

A candidate for the General Postgraduate Diploma must complete four courses from the list below: (subject to any restrictions on the availability of these courses)

BUSE5004 The Economics of International Trade and Investment for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5065 Pension Fund Law I for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5066 Pension Fund Law II for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5068 Individual Labour Law for PGDIP  (30 points)
LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5070 Access to Information and Privacy Law for PGDip   (30 points)
LAWS5071 Advanced Contract Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5072 Collective Labour Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5073 Company Law I for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5074 Company Law II for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5075 Competition Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5076 International Trade Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5077 Intellectual Property Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5078 Law of Banking and Finance for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5079 Advanced Broadcasting Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5080 Media Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5081 Telecommunications Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5082 Cyber Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5083 Space and Satellite Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5085 Climate Change and Energy Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5086 International Environmental Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5089 Water Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5100 International Criminal Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5101 Advanced International Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5103 Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5104 Migration, Law and Society for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5105 Prospecting and Mining Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5106 Refugees Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5107 Regional Protection of Human Rights Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5108 Law of Armed Conflict for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5109 International Dispute Resolution for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5110 International Human Rights Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5111 International Business Transactions Law for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5112 International Law on Foreign Investment for PGDip  (30 points)
LAWS5113 Health Law and Human Rights for PGDip   (30 points)

Law and Sustainability I for PGDip  (30 points)

Law and Sustainability II for PGDip  (30 points)

Comparative Law of Mining and Environment  (30 points)

Law and Sustainable Cities  (30 points)

Legal Underpinnings of Unsustainable Development and Development Alternatives  (30 points)

2. Commercial and Business Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Commercial and Business Law must complete four courses from the following list:

LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip 
LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip 
LAWS5070 Access to Information and Privacy Law for PGDip  
LAWS5071 Advanced Contract Law for PGDip 
LAWS5073 Company Law I for PGDip 
LAWS5075 Competition Law for PGDip 
LAWS5076 International Trade Law for PGDip 
LAWS5077 Intellectual Property Law for PGDip 
LAWS5078 Law of Banking and Finance for PGDip 
LAWS5082 Cyber Law for PGDip 
LAWS5105 Prospecting and Mining Law for PGDip 
LAWS5111 International Business Transactions Law for PGDip 
LAWS5112 International Law on Foreign Investment for PGDip 
BUSE5004 The Economics of International Trade and Investment for PGDip 

3. Corporate Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Corporate Law must complete four courses, comprised as follows:

a)    The following two compulsory courses:

LAWS5073 Company Law I for PGDip
LAWS5074 Company Law II for PGDip

b)    In addition two of the following courses shall be completed:

LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip
LAWS5071 Advanced Contract Law for PGDip
LAWS5075 Competition Law for PGDip
LAWS5076 International Trade Law for PGDip
LAWS5077 Intellectual Property Law for PGDip
LAWS5078 Law of Banking and Finance for PGDip
LAWS5111 International Business Transactions Law for PGDip
LAWS5112 International Law on Foreign Investment  for PGDip
BUSE5004 The Economics of International Trade  and Investment for PGDip

4. Environmental Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Environmental Law must complete four courses, comprised as follows:

a)    The following courses:

  • Law and Sustainability I for PGDip
  • Law and Sustainability II for PGDip
  • Climate Change and Energy Law for PGDip
  • Water Law for PGDip
  • Comparative Law of Mining and Environment for PGDip
  • Law and Sustainable Cities for PGDip
  • Legal Underpinnings of Unsustainable Development and Development Alternatives for PGDip
  • International Environmental Law for PGDip

5. Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation must complete 4 courses comprised as follows:

a)    The following compulsory course:

LAWS5103

Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation for PGDip

b)    In addition three of the following courses shall be completed:

LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip
LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip
LAWS5070 Access to Information and Privacy Law for PGDip
LAWS5100 International Criminal Law for PGDip
LAWS5102 Advanced Bill of Rights Jurisprudence for PGDip
LAWS5104 Migration, Law and Society for PGDip
LAWS5106 Refugees Law for PGDip
LAWS5107 Regional Protection of Human Rights Law for PGDip
LAWS5110 International Human Rights Law for PGDip
LAWS5112 International Law on Foreign Investment for PGDip
LAWS5113 Health Law and Human Rights for PGDip  

6. Information and Communications Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Information and Communications Law must complete four of the following courses:

LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip
LAWS5070 Access to Information and Privacy Law for PGDip
LAWS5077 Intellectual Property Law for PGDip
LAWS5079 Advanced Broadcasting Law for PGDip
LAWS5080 Media Law for PGDip
LAWS5081 Telecommunications Law for PGDip
LAWS5082 Cyber Law for PGDip
LAWS5083 Space and Satellite Law for PGDip

7. International Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of International Law must complete four courses, comprised as follows:

a)    The following compulsory course:

LAWS5101 Advanced International Law for PGDip

b)    In addition three of the following courses shall be completed:

LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip
LAWS5076 International Trade Law for PGDip
LAWS5086 International Environmental Law for PGDip
LAWS5100 International Criminal Law for PGDip
LAWS5104 Migration, Law and Society for PGDip
LAWS5106 Refugees Law for PGDip
LAWS5107 Regional Protection of Human Rights Law for PGDip
LAWS5108 Law of Armed Conflict for PGDip
LAWS5109 International Dispute Resolution for PGDip
LAWS5110 International Human Rights Law for PGDip
LAWS5111 International Business Transactions Law for PGDip
LAWS5112 International Law on Foreign Investment for PGDip
BUSE5004 The Economics of International Trade and Investment for PGDip

8. International Law and Economics

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of International Law and Economics must complete four courses, comprised as follows:

a)    The following two compulsory courses:

LAWS5076 International Trade Law for PGDip
BUSE004 The Economics of International Trade and Investment for PGDip

b)    In addition two of the following courses shall be completed:

LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip
LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip
LAWS5077 Intellectual Property Law for PGDip
LAWS5086 International Environmental Law for PGDip
LAWS5101 Advanced International Law for PGDip
LAWS5109 International Dispute Resolution for PGDip
LAWS5111 International Business Transactions Law for PGDip
LAWS5112 International Law on Foreign Investment for PGDip

9. Labour Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Labour Law must complete four courses, comprised as follows:

a)    The following two compulsory courses:

LAWS5068 Individual Labour Law for PGDip
LAWS5072 Collective Labour Law for PGDip

b)    In addition two of the following courses shall be completed:

LAWS5065 Pension Fund Law I for PGDip
LAWS5066 Pension Fund Law II for PGDip
LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip
LAWS5070 Access to Information and Privacy Law for PGDip
LAWS5071 Advanced Contract Law for PGDip
LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip

10. Pension Fund Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Pension Fund Law must complete four courses, comprising as follows:

a)    The following two compulsory courses:

LAWS5065 Pension Fund Law I for PGDip
LAWS5066 Pension Fund Law II for PGDip

b)    In addition two of the following courses shall be completed:

LAWS5067 Advanced Administrative Law for PGDip
LAWS5068 Individual Labour Law for PGDIP
LAWS5069 Human Rights and the Marketplace for PGDip
LAWS5070 Access to Information and Privacy Law for PGDip
LAWS5071 Advanced Contract Law for PGDip
LAWS5072 Collective Labour Law for PGDip

11. Tax Law

A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Tax Law must complete the following four courses:

LAWS5090 Foundational Principles of Tax for PGDip                                                                             
LAWS5091 Domestic Tax for PGDip                                                                                                          
LAWS5092 International Tax Law for PGDip                                                                                            
LAWS5093 Taxation of Specific Entities and Transactions for PGDip