The University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa was ranked 92nd in the world for its law degree, according to the press release by the university. The ranking was compiled by Times Higher Education Law subject ranking.
The university is the only academic institution in Africa that’s in the top 100, making it the best place to study law on the continent.
Prof Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal for Research and Postgraduate Education said, “We are delighted that UP’s Faculty of Law has received this recognition. This is a tribute to the culture of excellence we maintain as an institution.”
The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for law subjects was released recently. Times Higher Education, “a data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world” has “almost five decades of experience as a source of analysis and insight on higher education.”
With the use of 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas, Times Higher Education looks at; teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research), industry income (knowledge transfer).
According to the press release by the University of Pretoria, the law faculty benefits from the expertise of internationally acclaimed law experts who either teach or hold extraordinary positions. These include John Dugard, who served as an ad hoc judge of the International Court of Justice, Prof Erika de Wet, who holds the SARCHi Chair in International Constitutional Law and Prof Danny Bradlow, who holds the Chair of the South African National Research Foundation, dealing with International Economic Relations and who also heads the International Development Law Unit (IDLU).
The faculty contributes to the main research themes of the University. In addition to collaborating with international bodies such as the African Union, United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank the law faculty has strong partnerships with a host of international universities.
The law faculty boasts of one of the top law clinics of its kind in South Africa and in the world. It was awarded the Yousif Badri Civic Engagement International Prize (YBCEIP) by the Ahfad University for Women in Sudan in December 2016.