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JUNIOR COUNSEL

Sarisa van Niekerk

Year Of Admission:
  • 2019
Email:
  • sarisavanniekerk42@gmail.com
Contact Number:
  • 074 193 0263
Practice areas:
  • Administrative law
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial law
  • Competition law
  • Constitutional and human rights
  • Criminal law
  • Insolvency and company law
  • Insurance
  • Labour law
  • Local government law
  • Personal injury
  • Property law
Brief curriculum vitae:

Sarisa joined the Bar in 2019. She has appeared in the High Courts in Johannesburg and Pretoria on behalf of private juristic corporate entities and individuals. She has a particular interest in administrative law, constitutional law, municipal law, contract, company law, insolvency, and criminal law.

She holds three degrees (BA, LLB, LLM (Procedural Law)) from the University of Pretoria.

While completing her undergraduate degrees, Sarisa tutored Legal Skills and Jurisprudence, was a Dean’s Merit List student and completed numerous short courses both locally and abroad (including a Trial Advocacy Course at the University of Pretoria, a course in Transnational Law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (co-sponsored by Duke University, United States of America) and a German language course at the University of Freiburg, Germany).

In 2014-2015 she was a researcher at the University of Pretoria’s Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA).
Sarisa subsequently served articles of clerkship and obtained extensive experience in civil as well as criminal litigation, while reading for her Master of Laws degree. She presented papers at no less than four international conferences during this time. She also completed a certificate course in Advanced Labour Law at the University of Pretoria.

Academic qualifications:

BA in Law (majored in: Law, International Relations and German Literature), LLB, LLM (Procedural Law)

Society memberships:

Johannesburg Society of Advocates
The International Society of Public Law
Golden Key International Honour Society

Publications:

Presented a speech in December 2018 at an international conference to mark the Centre for Child Law’s 20 years of existence that was published in De Jure in 2019.

Wrote the foreword for the publication “Guidelines for Legal Representatives of children in Civil Matters” that was published by the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Child Law (January 2016).

Lectures and presentations:

Presented the paper “Legal representation of children in criminal matters: Does the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 provide adequate protection?” at the following international conferences: 16th International Conference of the International Society of Family Law, Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (25 – 29 July 2017); the Children and Childhoods Conference 2017, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, United Kingdom (18 – 19 July 2017) as well as at the 14th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece (10 – 13 July 2017).

Presented the paper “The Role of Codified-Ethics in Shaping Legal Culture and the Conduct of Lawyers in their Service to the Public” at the International Legal Ethics Conference VII, Fordham University, New York City, United States of America (14 -16 July 2016). She was also the moderator for her group’s programme at the conference.

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