Faculty of Law welcomes dean

2018-02-07 06:01
Prof. John Mubangizi is the newly appointed dean of the Faculty of Law at the UFS.Photo: Supplied

Prof. John Mubangizi is the newly appointed dean of the Faculty of Law at the UFS.Photo: Supplied

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The University of the Free State (UFS) has appointed Prof. John Mubangizi as dean of the Faculty of Law. He assumed office on 1 February. Mubangizi’s appointment follows approval by the council of the University of the Free State (UFS).

“Prof. Mubangizi’s extensive experience and scholarly contributions are most valuable to the university and the faculty and I look forward to working with him,” says Prof. Francis Petersen, rector and vice-chancellor of the UFS.

Mubangizi’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Law (LLB, Makerere University, Uganda), a master’s in Public Law (LLM, University of Cape Town) and a Doctor of Law (LLD, University of Durban-Westville). He also has several professional qualifications, including a diploma in Education from the Makerere University and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Centre).

Mubangizi has been awarded several certificates in his area of academic specialisation, including a certificate in Human Rights from the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France), and a certificate in International Humanita­rian Law from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.

Mubangizi has been a professor for more than 12 years and has served at top institutions in South Africa. From January 2005 to April 2007, he served as deputy dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). From May 2007, he was deputy vice-chancellor and head of the College of Law and Management Studies at UKZN, with the responsibility of leading the academic and research strategy and realising the mandate of the college and the university.

One of the highlights of Mubangizi’s research profile is the authorship of a book entitled The Protection of Human Rights in South Africa: A Legal and Practical Guide (2004 and 2013), which is used by learners, practitioners and students of human rights law in South Africa. He has published more than 60 publications, most of which are in South African Post Secondary Education accredited peer-reviewed journals. Furthermore, he has presented more than 40 academic papers at international conferences across the globe. He is rated by the National Research Foundation as an established researcher.

Mubangizi is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and has served as member and advisor to the Council of ASSAf. He is currently the chairperson of the Higher Education Quality Committee of South Africa and a member of the Council on Higher Education.

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