Institute for International and
Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)

Corlia van Heerden: Professor



Home Department: Mercantile Law

Corlia Van Heerden is a professor in mercantile law and incumbent of the Barclays Africa Chair in Banking Law in Africa. She teaches banking law at the Master’s programme in Banking Law that she established at the University of Pretoria. She also teaches competition law and regularly presents seminars on the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 and Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008.


During 2018 Professor Van Heerden will teaching at the LLM-module in Banking Regulation, the LLM-module in Banking Law Capita Selecta, the LLM-module in Competition Law and the undergrad elective course in Law of Banking and Financial Institutions.

Areas of interest - Banking regulation; credit law with special focus on enforcement and responsible lending; liability of banks for unauthorised payments; consumer law; competition law and law of civil procedure.


Accepted for publication

  • Van Heerden “Voluntary surrender: some observations on the importance of section 127 of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005” accepted for publication in volume 1 of THRHR 2018
  • Van Heerden and Steennot “Pre-agreement assessment as a responsible lending tool in South Africa the EU and Belgium: Part 1” accepted for publication in 2018 PELJ
  • Van Heerden and Steennot “Pre-agreement assessment as a responsible lending tool in South Africa, the EU and Belgium: Part 2” accepted for publication in 2018 PELJ

Published during the last five years

Chapters in Books
  • Chapter 11, 12, 14 and 19 in Scholtz et al Guide to the National Credit Act (Lexis Nexis 2008 et seq)(updated annually)
  • Chapter 3, 4, 5 in Naude & Eiselen (eds) Commentary on the Consumer Protection Act (Juta 2014 et seq) (updated annually)
  • Chapter 8 in Sharrock et al The law of Banking and Payment in South Africa (Juta 2016)
  • Chapter 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 in Theophilopoulos, Van Heerden and Boraine Fundamental Principles of Civil Procedure (LexisNexis)
Journal articles
  • Van Heerden “Perspectives on Section 85 of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005” 2013 De Jure (4) 968
  • Van Heerden and Roestoff “Over-indebtedness under the National Credit Act as a bona fide defence to summary judgment” (2014) 2 De Jure 276
  • Roestoff and Van Heerden “Nedbank Ltd v Swartbooi: Termination of Debt Review not the end of the road for over-indebted consumers” 2014 De Jure 140
  • Botha and Van Heerden “The Protected Disclosure Act 26 of 2000, the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and the Competition Act of 1998 with regard to whistleblower protection: is there a link?” 2014 TSAR 337
  • Van Heerden and Renke “Perspectives on Selected Aspects of the Registration of Credit Providers in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 Part 1” 2014 THRHR 614
  • Otto, Van Heerden and Barnard “Redress in terms of the National Credit Act and the Consumer Protection Act for Defective Goods sold and financed in terms of an Instalment Agreement” 2014 26 SA Merc Law Jnl 247
  •  Van Heerden and Renke ‘Perspectives on the South African responsible lending regime and the duty to conduct pre-agreement assessment as a responsible lending practice’ 2015 International Insolvency Review online 67
  •  Van Heerden and Boraine ‘The impact of section 129(1)(a) of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 on the prescription of credit agreement debt’ 2015 THRHR 457
  • Van Heerden and Botha “Challenges to the South African Corporate Leniency Policy and Cartel Enforcement” 2015 TSAR  308
  • Van Heerden and Renke “Perspectives on Selected Aspects of the Registration of Credit Providers in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005: Part 2” 2015 THRHR 80
  • Brink and Van Heerden  ‘The need for an international trade tribunal’ 2016 SALJ 409
  • Van Heerden and O’Reilly ‘ Debt restructuring, partisan debt counsellors , costs and other important debt counselling issues: Firstrand Bank and Another v Barnard and Another 2015 JDR 1614 (GP) 2016 THRHR 632
  • Van Heerden and Beyers ‘ Dynamic Affordability Assessment in the context of the South African National Credit Act 34 of 2005’ 2016 Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 446
  • Brits, Coetzee and Van Heerden “The reinstatement of credit agreements in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005: Quo Vadis?” 2017 THRHR 177
  • Van Niekerk and Van Heerden “Twin Peaks : the role of the South African central bank in promoting and maintaining financial stability” 2017 THRHR 636
  • Van Heerden “The Rescue of African Bank: a Step Forward in Banking Regulation in South Africa (2017) 32 Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 350
  • Van Heerden and Van Niekerk “Twin Peaks in South Africa: a new role for the central bank” 2018 Law and Financial Markets Review 1


 Doctoral students supervised




  • Stefan Renke
    An evaluation of debt prevention measures in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005

 Students currently registered

  • Sarah Tennant
    Strict product liability in South Africa in comparative perspective: An analysis of the concept of ‘defect’ and the statutory defences available to participants in the supply
  • Tendai Jangara
    Privacy, the protection of personal information and trans-border cloud computing: An EU perspective and a South African regulatory and policy framework
  • Gerhardus Koen
    The regulation of credit bureaus in South Africa
  • Morongoe Nkisi
    A discussion of the practice of unsecured lending: The case of South Africa
  • Jacqueline Church
    The role of public interest in merger regulation in South Africa in the light of the Competition Act 89 of 1989
  • Michel Koekemoer
    Aspects of the South African law of security rights in movable property
  • Matsietso Matasane
    Reinforcing financial stability in South African Banking sector through the Introduction of an explicit deposit insurance
  • Martha van Niekerk
    The role of the central bank in promoting financial stability in South Africa
  • Collen Kgapane
    To what extent has the responsibilities and duties of directors of companies transformed over time in ensuring that the interests of shareholders, employees and other stakeholders are protected?
  • Mamofana Lichaba
    A comparative appraisal of the designation and the regulation of systemically important financial institutions
  • Henry Lugulu
    A comparative appraisal of the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act, 2012
  • Priscilla Njako
    An evaluation of merger analysis under the Kenyan Competition Act
  • Philip Bouwer
    As assessment of South Africa's political approach to competition regulation
  • Ashley Nyaude
    Curatorship as a measure to prevent bank failures in Zimbabwe
  • Yonela Diko
    The Application of the Law of Set-off in the South African Banking Sector
  • Brian Kiautha
    Aspects of Bank Resolution in Kenya
  • Sylvia Papadopoulos
    An analysis of current and/or proposed South African protection measures for online consumers

 [last updated: 29 May 2018]

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