Professor in and Head of the Department of Private Law
Steve Cornelius is a professor in and Head of the Department of Private Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law. He holds the degrees BIuris LLB (Unisa) LLD (Pret). The title of his LLD thesis is “The Interpretation of Contracts In South African Law". He is admitted as Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He joined the Department of Private Law as Professor in 2010 after serving for eleven years in the Department of Private Law at the University of Johannesburg, where he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 1999, promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Professor in 2007. He was also Head of the Department of Private Law at UJ. Before that, he served for eleven years in the Department of Justice, briefly as a Public Prosecutor and mostly as a Legal Officer in the Branch: Legislation Research, where he played an important part in the drafting of regulations required for the functioning of the Human Rights Commission, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Investigating Unit.