Niek Grové returned to the Faculty of Law in January 2018 after serving as Registrar of the University of Pretoria and a member of the Executive Mangement for a period of 18 years. He is a member of the Department of Mercantile Law.
He obtained a BA degree at the University of Pretoria in 1976 with Roman-Dutch Law and Afrikaans as majors, thereafter obtaining the LLB degree in 1978 and an LLM degree cum laude in 1985, also at UP. He obtained the LLD degree in 1989 at the former Rand Afrikaans University (now UJ) with a thesis on Consumer Credit Law with the title “Gemeenregtelik en Statutêre Beheer oor Woekerrente” under the supervision of Prof J M Otto. In 1997 he qualified as Mediator at the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA).
He commenced his academic career in January 1981 as a senior lecturer in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law at the University of Pretoria, was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law in 1986 and subsequently as Associate Professor in the Department of Private Law in 1987. In 1989 he became a full Professor in the Department of Private Law at UP, a position which he held until 2000.
Since 1 March 2000 he served as Registrar of the University of Pretoria and member of the University Executive. He stood down as Registrar at the end of 2017. During his tenure as Registrar he was responsible for the following portfolios: The Office of the Registrar (including Institutional Governance and the Secretariat), Legal Services, UP Archives and intermittently for Internal Audit, Information Governance, Academic Administration and the Client Service Centre (which were later restructured as the Department of Enrolment and Student Administration), TuksSport, Facilities Management, Security Services, Residence Affairs and Accommodation and Employee Relations.
In addition to his duties as a member of the Executive of the University of Pretoria, he served as director of campus companies such as TuksSport (Pty) Ltd, TS Soccer (Pty) Ltd, the TuksSport Study Centre and as trustee of the Eduardo Villa Trust and the Javett Arts Centre Foundation. He is also a trustee of the UP Pension and Provident Funds.
His field of expertise is Contract Law and Consumer Credit Law.
He previously lectured the following modules: Law of Contract; Family Law; Law of Persons; Unjustified enrichment; Cession; Law of Purchase and Sale; Lease agreements; Suretyship; Law of Agency; Negotiable instruments; Insurance; Law of Insolvency and Consumer Credit Law.
He acted as supervisor for the following doctoral candidates: Juanita Chamberlain (1995), Steve Cornelius (1999), Villiers Terblanche (2003), and Monica Vessio (2016) (co-supervisor Prof Corlia van Heerden).
During his tenure as Professor in the Faculty of Law (18 years ago) he published in the region of 50 articles in recognised law journals and contributed to a number of textbooks and workbooks. These include the following:
As Registrar of the University of Pretoria he regularly presented papers at the Registrar’s Forum and various other fora on higher education matters.
Dennis Chipao holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi and Masters degree in Women’s Law obtained at the University of Zimbabwe. He is a Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police based at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi. His research topic focuses on the impact of new technologies in law enforcement (with an African perspective), especially front line policing and how this can influence more accountable or more effective policing.
Tinomudaishe Chinyoka graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Honours (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Laws (European and International Human Rights) (LLM) from the University of Leeds. He also holds a Master of Arts (Social Work) from the University of Sheffield. Tino’s research looks at the law on the police use of force during assemblies, with specific reference to Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Dagnachew B. Wakene (‘Dag’) holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a Master's of Philosophy majoring in Rehabilitation and Development Studies from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is currently a Regional Director of Programs, based in Addis Ababa, at the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA) – a continental technical agency founded in 2003 and headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa, leading efforts of designing, evaluation and implementation of disability-inclusive programmes across the continent. A childhood polio-survivor himself, Dagnachew embraces a blend of lived experience, academic and professional rigor in his fields of expertise. His research focuses on violence against persons with disabilities.