Jacques Mahler-Coetzee holds a BA (in Industrial & Organisational Psychology), a BA Hons (in English Language & Literature), an LLB and LLM from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training cum laude, commenced with Rhodes University and awarded by the University Fort Hare.

He was admitted as Advocate of the (then) Supreme Court of South Africa in 1994 and Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1996. While in subsequent commercial litigation practice in Cape Town and then Paris, he completed his LLM at the University of Cape Town (1999) working, amongst others, under Prof Jan Glazewski of the Marine Law Unit, in Environmental Law, with minor dissertations in ‘Sonic Pollution’ (a draft of which at the request of the author, formed the basis of a chapter of the same name in Prof Glazewski’s ‘Environmental Law in South Africa’ 1st Edition) and ‘The Legal Protection of Historically Significant Shipwrecks in South Africa’. He then deployed as in-house legal advisor and commercial consultant in-the-field for German –based logistics ventures in, amongst others, conflict zones like Kosovo.

In 2003 he took up the post of Law lecturer with Rhodes University on the East London campus, and (as a consequence of the restructuring of higher education institutions in South Africa, when the East London campus was transferred to University of Fort Hare), he joined the Nelson Mandela School of Law as Law lecturer in 2004, serving as acting HOD of EL Law Department during the campus integration until 2005. He was awarded his PGDipHET cum laude (2007) and is the recipient of the UFH Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2008). As Senior lecturer since 2010 he has supervised post-graduate Masters theses, taught commercial law subjects, and currently delivers seminars in law of Persons, law of Delict and Medical Jurisprudence.

From 2009 Jacques served as UFH Team Leader for the Mellon-funded national Large Classes Project, successfully completed in 2014. He has presented nationally and internationally at conferences and as invited speaker at symposia on his legal and pedagogical practice and research interests. Jacques is also an author of law texts, workbooks and guides published by LexisNexis, Oxford University Press and Pearson.

In the wider community Jacques is a certified volunteer of the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, where he has, amongst others, dive-mastered for iconic ‘Scots’ Instructor Ian Robinson, leading scuba tourists through the Predator Tank. As a SASSETA-accredited EDT instructor he also mentors LEAD candidate attorneys in Leadership and Presentation skills since 2009 at the Law Society’s East London School for Legal Practice.

His LLD proposal generally concerns the appropriate and sustainable regulation of surfing as an important vector for tourism and coastal development in the African context and is provisionally entitled “The Legal Regulation of Surfing in South Africa”. Jacques is immersed in the substance of his work, most notably as a PADI DiveMaster & Rescue Diver with Wreck Speciality, DEAT accredited Tour Guide, surfer, longboarder  and not least, as a trans-Atlantic sailor. He is planning in due course to complete the Scientific Diver Class V programme with the Research Diving Unit at NMMU.


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