2018 IATC Conference
IATC 2018 Conference: Speakers
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Former President the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom – Keynote Speaker
Neuberger was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1974 where he became a Bencher in 1993. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1987. He was a Recorder from 1990 to 1 October 1996, when he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division and received the customary knighthood.
In 2001, he was made Supervisory Chancery Judge of Midland, Wales and Chester, and of the Western Circuits, a post he held until 12 January 2004, when he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and a member of the Privy Council. Since 2005 he has been co-chair (with Richard Susskind) of ITAC (Lord Chancellor's Information Technology and Courts Committee).
On 11 January 2007, he succeeded Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was made a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset, and introduced in the House of Lords on 15 January 2007 between Lord Bingham of Cornhill and his sister-in-law, Baroness Neuberger. His rise to the Court of Appeal and then to the House of Lords is one of the quickest in recent times. Although Lord Devlin was, at 55, even younger on his own appointment to the House of Lords in 1960, Neuberger was the youngest sitting Law Lord.
In February 2017, it was announced that Neuberger is stepping down "in the Summer" from his role in the Supreme Court and retiring in July 2017.
Justice Glenn Martin AM
The Hon. Justice Glenn Martin, Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia
Glenn Martin was in practice as a barrister from 1979 until his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007. In 2013 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. Later that year he received an additional appointment as President of the Industrial Court of Queensland.
He was Co-Chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates (IBA) from 2002 to 2006, Co-Chair of the International Council of Advocates and Barristers from 2003 to 2007, and Vice President of the IATC from 2011 to 2015.
In Australia he was the Inaugural Chair of the Australian Bar Advocacy Training Council and is a life member of the Australian Bar Association. He is now on the Board of the National Judicial College of Australia and on the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia.
Justice Geraldine Andrews
The Hon. Mrs Justice Geraldine Andrews – United Kingdom
Justice of the High Court since 1 October 2013. Geraldine Andrews was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1981 and became a member of Essex Court Chambers on completion of pupillage in 1983. She took Silk in 2001 and was appointed a Recorder on the Midland Circuit in the same year.
She was approved to sit as a deputy High Court Judge in 2005 and since then has sat regularly in that capacity in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, and in the TCC and Mercantile Court in London and Birmingham. Since 2010 she has also been sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court.
Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace
The Hon. Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace - Appeals Division, Family Court of Australia Chair, Australian Advocacy Institute
Current Board and Committee Memberships:
Russell Coleman SC: IATC Chairman
Chairman of the International Advocacy Training Council Ltd and Hong Kong Advocacy Training Council Ltd
1985 LLB (Hons), University of Cardiff, Wales
1986 Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law, London
As an advocate, Russell Coleman has a broad civil and commercial practice, including in general commercial litigation, admiralty and carriage of goods, administrative law, employment law, professional negligence, insurance law and matrimonial finance. He is mainly a trial and appellate advocate, and also advises in writing and in consultation in all areas of his practice.
As an arbitrator, Russell Coleman has significant experience acting as sole arbitrator or as one of a panel of three arbitrators, frequently as Chairman or Presiding Arbitrator.
He has conducted arbitrations in areas relating to insurance law, construction law, shipping and carriage of goods, investment disputes, as well as in general commercial disputes.
Call: 1991 (HK); 1986 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 2006
Accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2008
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Associate 1990; Fellow 1998
Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators: Fellow 1997
Chartered Arbitrator: 2004
The Hon. Mr. Justice Key Oagile Bethuel Dingake, Judge of the High Court of Botswana
Prof. Leslie Chew, S.C.
Dean, School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences. Consultant, Withers KhattarWong, Singapore
Leslie Chew graduated from the law school of the University of Singapore (the predecessor of the present National University of Singapore) and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1981. He is also admitted as a Solicitor of England & Wales.
Leslie is the founding and current Dean of the School of Law at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. As a lawyer he practices primarily at the Commercial Bar. From time to time he does however act for clients in commercial crime or white collar cases. He began his professional career in the Singapore Legal Service and was a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel with the Ministry of Defence, where he prosecuted drug offences and military offences as well as represented the Government in transactional matters including arms purchases.
He was a lawyer in KhattarWong, Singapore for 20 years and was a joint Managing Partner from 1999 to 2006. He has practiced for over 27 years at the Bar. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000.
In 2007 he rejoined the Singapore Legal Service and was appointed a District Judge. He subsequently held office as a Senior District Judge heading the Civil Justice Division of the State Courts (then the Subordinate Courts) until he retired from the Singapore Legal Service in March of 2014. Upon retiring from the Singapore Legal Service, he returned to private practice, re-joining his previous firm of KhattarWong LLP, where he continues to practice as a Consultant.
In 2015 he was appointed Professor at the then SIM University, now known as the Singapore University of Social Sciences, to spearhead Singapore’s third law school.
In the course of his career as a lawyer of over 27 years in private practice and 10 years in the public service, Leslie has had a wide practice covering most areas of commercial law including international arbitration. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. At the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, he is the current Course Director for the Fellowship Assessment Course, a professional accreditation examination for admission as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Over the years, Leslie has also taught in professional and academic courses for arbitration. He has taught in the Graduate Certificate for International Arbitration at the School of Law, National University of Singapore for the past 11 years or so. He is the principal instructor and examiner of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education in the Arbitration module of the Bar Examinations.
He also sits on various governmental committees including the Institution Disciplinary Advisory Committee which advises the Commissioner of Prisons on punishment of prison inmates and the Military Court of Appeal. He is also a Vice President of the Singapore Academy of Law.
As an advocate, he is an early graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (USA). Being a pioneer trainer for trial advocacy in Singapore, he has trained lawyers in the S E Asian region as well as locally for the Law Society of Singapore. He was also a member of the Faculty for the inaugural Singapore Advanced Advocacy Course 2014, which is a trial advocacy course patterned after the Keble College, Oxford University course.
Over the years, Leslie has also conducted training for lawyers and judges in organizational and management skills. Under the auspices of the State Courts together with the Civil Service College, Leslie has conducted management and leadership skills training for judges from overseas jurisdictions including Thailand and Sri Lanka. In 2014, he was invited by the judiciary of Sri Lanka to conduct a 2 day leadership and management training course for judges in Ahunghalla, Sri Lanka.
He is a graduate of the Singapore Command and Staff College (now known as the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College) and commanded a combat engineer battalion for 6 years in the reserves. In 2002, he was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore for his contributions to the Military Court of Appeal.
Philip Greenwood S.C.
Date of admission to the Bar: 1982. Date of appointment as Senior Counsel: 1997
Phil Greenwood practises in all jurisdictions and in all types of cases, but he has particular expertise in cases involving professional negligence (including legal, medical, actuarial, architectural, engineering), insurance law and technology disputes. Specific areas of practice include:
Whilst accepting cases of all kinds, he is best known for cases and inquiries that involve complex factual situations, require a deep understanding of product, industry or discipline, deal with expert witnesses or involve new areas of law. He enjoys a strong reputation for strategic analysis and advocacy skills. He was Chairman of the Australian Bar’s Advocacy Training Council from 2008 to 2016 organising ABA advocacy courses for new and experienced barristers around Australia.
His emphasis is on identifying the key issues and evidence in a dispute, ascertaining the best outcome for the client and then designing a strategic approach to achieve that result – whether by mediation, litigation or other means. He enjoys the challenge of presenting a complex case in an engaging and comprehensible manner or finding a way of resolving disputes without the need for protracted litigation.
He is also an experienced mediator and offers a streamlined form of mediation for parties genuinely wishing to resolve their disputes quickly with minimum expense.
T: + 612 9235 2874
Clerk: Mr Zach Rymer
T: + 612 9232 7609
Anesta Weekes QC
Call: 1981 | Silk: 1999
Public Inquiries - Privy Council - Fraud & Financial Crime - Regulatory & Disciplinary Proceedings
Anesta Weekes QC has been a recorder and Queen's Counsel since 1999. She is best known for her advocacy skills and meticulous attention to detail in court.
Anesta has developed her advocacy skills over many years of conducting complex criminal trials and as a grade A trainer in the UK and within the Commonwealth jurisdictions.
Anesta's recent work has been acting for professionals in disciplinary tribunals. Her meticulous attention to detail and skills as an advocate have been utilised fully in:
- a number of public inquiries - professional standards and conduct procedure for the Metropolitan Police; The Stephen Lawrence inquiry; and conduct procedures involving BME solicitors for the SRA; and
- in Civil and Criminal Privy council work from the Caribbean region (Bermuda, Bahamas, Monsterrat, Barbados and Antigua).
Criminal Bar Association
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers
Member of the Bar Council's International Relations Committee (Chair of the Caribbean region)
Vice-Chair of the Advocacy Training Council (ATC)
Keele University, Law and English (BA joint Honours)
Andrew Chiew is a dispute resolution partner of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Malaysia. He was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1997 and later, admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998.
Andrew, a member of the Malaysian Bar Council Advocacy Training Committee, actively conducts advocacy training around Malaysia.
He has also conducted advocacy training in England, South Africa and Singapore.
Year Of Call: 1978
LL.B.(Soton), MBA, PhD, FCIArb., FInstCPD, FRSA, CEDR mediator and arbitrator.
Andrew practises domestically in professional indemnity, disciplinary and regulatory claims and in commercial, property and administrative law. He is recognised internationally as one of the foremost mediation advocates and mediation advocacy trainers in the world, having worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Nigeria, France, Holland, Belgium, Oman, Kuwait, Spain, Switzerland and the UAE.
He was ranked as a leading junior at the Professional Negligence Bar by Legal 500 every year between 1995-2012 and a leading mediator (top tier) in Chambers and Partners between 1995-1998. Since 2012, Andrew has been ranked as a leading mediator in Legal 500.
He is the Convenor of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA - http://www.mediationadvocates.org.uk), Director of the Association of Mediation Assessors, Trainers and Instructors (AMATI - http://www.amati.org.uk), a member of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute, and Co-Chair of its Mediation Advocacy Appraisals Sub-Committee, a Fellow of the World Mediation Institute and a trustee of the Centre for Peaceful Solutions. He is a member of the Attorney-General’s Pro-Bono Panel and the Judicial Assistance Network, and has provided training to the judiciaries of Turkey, Croatia, Belgium, the PRC, and Nepal.
Andrew became a Bencher of Inner Temple in 2009, and has sat on a number of Bar Council, COIC and Inner Temple committees.
Robert Low was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia in 1995.
He practises mainly in civil and commercial litigation and insolvency. He is a partner in the firm of Messrs Ranjit, Ooi & Robert Low.
He has been an advocacy trainer since 2011. Robert has been involved in advocacy training in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa.
Senior Partner at Bere Brothers Legal Practitioners, Zimbabwe
Tinoziva Bere, or Tino Bere as he is often known (a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Law Honours and Bachelor of Laws) is a Councillor and Vice President of Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ), board member Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Board Chairperson of The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) (an electoral justice NGO).
Tino has also been Councillor of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association since 2005.
Tino has been in private legal practice since 1990 and is the founder and senior partner in the firm BERE BROTHERS LEGAL PRACTITIONERS based in MUTARE in ZIMBABWE. His area of specialisation is Corporate Law with emphasis on institutional set up and advancement, commercial and property practice.
Tino has been a lecturer at many levels the highest being serving as a Part-Time Lecturer-Africa University for many years in the following areas:
Bere has a passion for Human Rights - especially Training - & Legal Profession-Governance. He has been a regular resource person, trainer and facilitator on legal profession training and human rights training and outreach programmes for Law Society of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and SADC Lawyers Association for many years.
He has also become a regular speaker at CLC Conferences since 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya when he was first discovered. Has Spoken at SADC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION organised Syposium on Administration of Justice (Namibia 2010), spoke at last Commonwealth Lawyers Conference 2009 at Hong Kong and at the World Movement for Democrats 6th Assembly held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Organised Manicaland Legal Practitioners response to Chiadzwa human rights abuses in terms of Advocacy, Publicity & Litigation.
Part of team awarded ZLHR 2008 Human Rights Defender of the Year for timely and effective response to Human Rights abuses in Chiadzwa, Marange area, Manicaland, Zimbabwe. (Manicaland Legal Practitioners Association)
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Hon. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Mnyamezeli Mlungisi Zondo
In 2000, Zondo was appointed Judge President of the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court.
During his time as judge president, Zondo served in various ad hoc committees. These included a committee which drew up a document to be used by the judiciary in dealing with complaints about racism and sexism within the judiciary.
He also served on a committee established to organise the first and second sonferences of judges in post-apartheid South Africa.
Zondo was Judge President of the Labour Appeal Court, a position he occupied for 10 years, before being appointed to the Constitutional Court.
He was appointed as acting judge of the Constitutional Court from November 2011 until May 2012.
He was appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court in September 2012.
He was appointed to be the deputy Chief justice by President Jacob Zuma in 2017 following the retirement of Dikgang Moseneke in 2016.
Justice Louis Harms
Pretoria, South Africa
The Rt. Hon. Mr. Justice Louis Harms, former Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal
Justice Louis Harms is a former Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal of SA and former professor in Intellectual Property Law.
Presently Vice Chairman: Appeal Tribunal Financial Services Board; Chairman: Review Board Banks Act; door tenant: 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square; arbitrator: AFSA, CAJAC and AASA.
Justice Malcolm Wallis
Bloemfontein, South Africa
The Hon. Mr. Justice Malcolm Wallis, Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Malcolm Wallis (born 1950, Durban) graduated B Comm, LLB (cum laude) from the University of Natal (1972) as top law student and won the moot competition. Admitted to the Bar in 1973, he took silk in 1985 and was counsel in over 100 cases in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and the Constitutional Court involving both public and private law. Chair of the General Council of the Bar (GCB) (1994-1997); co-chair of the Barristers’ Forum of the IBA (1998-2002); and held numerous offices in the IBA from 1998 to 2008. An honorary member of the Australian Bar and honorary bencher of the Honourable Society of Kings’ Inns in Dublin. He introduced advocacy training for all advocates in South Africa and continues to train advocates and new trainers, and has served as faculty on advanced advocacy training courses at Keble College and the Wallenberg, Stellenbosch.
Malcolm has published books on labour and employment law (1992) and maritime law (2011), the latter the published version of his Ph D from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) (2010).
He has published widely in legal journals around the world and spoken at conferences, both in and outside South Africa. Appointed a judge of the High Court (January 2009); the Labour and Competition Appeal Courts (2010) and the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2011 and acted in the Constitutional Court in 2015. An honorary professor in the School of Law at UKZN since 2011 lecturing and supervising LLM and Ph D students.
Appointed Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Mercantile Law in the University of the Free State in 2014. He was a visitor to the Law Faculty at Cambridge University (Jesus College) in 2013 and is currently a visitor to the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford, a visitng fellow at Mansfield College and the Robert S Campbell Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College. He has been married to Janet since 1977 and they have three children and two grandchildren.
The Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis Davis
South Africa (Cape Town)
Judge of the High Court of South Africa (Cape Town), President of the Competition Appeal Court, South Africa
Judge Dennis Davis was educated at Herzlia School, Universities of Cape town (UCT) and Cambridge. He began teaching at UCT in 1977 and was appointed to a personal chair of Commercial Law, in 1989. Between 1991 and 1997 he was Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand. He held joint appointment at Wits and UCT 1995 - 1997. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1998 and as President of the Competition Appeal Court in 2000.
Since his appointment to the Bench, he has continued to teach constitutional law and tax law at UCT where he is an Hon. Professor of law.
Dennis is a member of the Commission of Enquiry into Tax Structure of South Africa and was a Technical Advisor to the Constitutional Assembly where the negotiations for South Africa's interim and final constitutions were formulated and concluded. He hosted a TV programme, Future Imperfect which was an award winning current affairs programme between 1993-1998.
He has been a visiting lecturer/professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Florida, Toronto and Harvard.
Authored various chapters in books and more than 100 articles in academic journals in the fields of Constitutional Law, Tax, Law, Insurance Law, and South African political history.
Madam Justice Sharise Erica Weiner
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Hon. Madam Justice Sharise Erica Weiner, Judge of the High Court of South Africa (Johannesburg)
Nationality: South African. Languages: English, Afrikaans, French
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of the Witwatersrand 1976 – 1977
Bachelor of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand 1972 – 1975
ADVOCACY SKILLS TRAINING
Justice Owen Rogers
Cape Town, South Africa
The Hon. Mr. Justice Owen Rogers, Judge of the High Court of South Africa
Judge Owen Rogers was born and bred in Cape Town. He matriculated from Wynberg Boys High School in 1976 and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in 1982, Honours in Classics in 1983 and an LLB in 1985. After serving as an articled clerk with a Cape Town firm for two years, he joined the Cape Bar in 1988.
His practice was broadly commercial with a special focus on tax and competition law.
Judge Rogers believes that diligence in preparation and doing one’s best at all times are the qualities that counsel should display if they are to play their part in ensuring the attainment of justice, and the same is true for judges.
At the Bar he enjoyed the sense of achievement (and relief!) at the end of long difficult cases. He will miss the collegiality of other members of the Bar. He is looking forward to his time on the Bench and relishes the idea of being confronted with cases in areas that he was not accustomed to dealing with in practice.
Judge Rogers has a special interest in music – he plays the violin, piano and bass guitar (the last mentioned he played semi-professionally whilst a student).
Justice Glenn Goosen
South Africa (Eastern Cape)
The Hon. Mr. Justice Glenn Goosen, Judge of the High Court of South Africa (Eastern Cape)
Justice David Unterhalter
Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Hon. Mr Justice David Unterhalter - Judge of the High Court of South Africa
Recently appointed to the bench since 1 January 2018 Gauteng Division.
Advocate David Unterhalter has practiced at the Johannesburg Bar since 1990. He specializes in Competition Law (and other Regulatory Law), Trade Law, Commercial and Constitutional Law. Silk was conferred upon him in 2002. In 2009, he was called to the Bar in London and is a tenant at Monckton Chambers. He has served as an Acting judge on the South African bench.
In addition to his practice at the Bar, David Unterhalter is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of the Cape Town teaching Competition Law and the Law of International Trade. He served on a number of World Trade Organisation panels, as well as being a member of the WTO Appellate Body and it’s Chairman.
David Unterhalter appears in Courts and Tribunals throughout Southern Africa, and does international arbitration work. He has published widely in the fields of Public Law, Evidence and Competition Law.
Wim Trengove, S.C.
Johannesburg, South Africa
- Born in Pretoria, South Africa on 27 October 1949.
- Matriculated at Afrikaans Boys High Pretoria in 1967.
- National Service in 1968.
- B.Comm (Pretoria) in 1971.
- LLB (Pretoria, cum laude) in 1974. University colours for academic excellence, leadership, sport (water polo).
- Admitted as an advocate and commenced practice at the Johannesburg Bar in 1975.
- Awarded silk in 1987.
- Chair of the Johannesburg Bar Council in 1992/93.
- Chair of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa in 1993/94.
- Member of the Judicial Service Commission from 1994 to 1999.
- Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre from 1995 to 1999.
- Acting Judge of the South Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg, January to March 1997, March 2003, January to February 2006, August 2009, September 2013 and August 2017.
- Acting Judge of the Labour Court in March 2001 and July to August 2003.
- Member of the Johannesburg Bar in private practice since 1975.
- Honorary professor in the School of Law at Rhodes University since October 1998.
- Honorary professor in the School of Law at the University of Cape Town since September 2005.
Timothy Bruinders, S.C.
Timothy Bruinders SC: Johannesburg, South Africa, Former National Advocacy Training Convener – GCB of South Africa
Tim Bruinders was admitted to Johannesburg Bar in 1989, and appointed Silk 2003. He has been an Acting High Court Judge since 2004.
Tim has been involved in advocacy training at the Johannesburg Bar since 1998, and has been the Chair of the Advocacy Training Committee of the General Council of the Bar of SA for several years till July 2017.
He is an Advisor to the IATC.
Geoff Budlender, S.C.
Geoff Budlender, S.C. Cape Town, South Africa
Geoff Budlender was called to the Bar in 2005, and took Silk in 2008. He practices in the areas of Public law including administrative, asset forfeiture, constitutional, environmental, housing and land, local government / planning, mining, tender / procurement.
Anna Annandale, S.C.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Anna Annandale SC: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, National Advocacy Training Convener – GCB of South Africa
Anna Annandale was called to the Durban Bar in 1999, and was appointed silk in 2011. Prior to joining the Bar, she worked in Department of Justice as a prosecutor from 1992 to 1995.
She has a wide and varied practice, and has appeared in the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal on various occasions.
Anna is the current Chair of the Advocacy Training Committee of the General Council of the Bar of SA
Johannesburg, South Africa
Member of the Johannesburg Bar Council since 2011.
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is an Advocate of the High Court, specialising in Human Rights and Constitutional Litigation. His role has taken him to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court on many occasions, although he is a history student at heart.
He read his undergraduate studies at the University of Transkei, now the Walter Sisulu University, on a bursary, his LLB at Rhodes University and his LLM at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He has co-authored several books on labour law and constitutional law and has contributed to various magazines. He is publishing his own book that combines his passions for history and law.
Founding president of Justice Advocacy Africa a non-profit organization that provides trial advocacy training to African lawyers.
Steve Fury is the founding President of Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA), a non-profit organization that had established trial advocacy training programs to provide trial advocacy training to African lawyers in Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. Since 2003, JAA has presented more than 50 trial advocacy and advocacy teacher training programs in Africa and the USA.
In addition to his teaching in Africa, Steve frequently presents at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys in the USA. He taught trial advocacy with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) for 20 years and at the University of Washington and Emory Schools of Law. He has been on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College since 2011 and taught cross examination in China and management skills to Cambodian refugees in Thailand.
Steve practices as a trial lawyer in Seattle, Washington, USA, in the firm of Fury Duarte PS. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1974 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979. Steve has been selected for “The Best Lawyers in America” since 1995, Washington State's Super Lawyers since 2003 and is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys. In 2012, the Washington State Association for Justice presented its Pillar of Justice award to Steve for the work of JAA in Africa.
Stephan van der Merwe
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stephan van der Merwe: Lecturer in Practical Legal Training and Legal Skills, Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch
Stephan van der Merwe joined the Legal Aid Clinic, University of Stellenbosch as practising attorney in 2001, after serving his articles of clerkship in private practice. Earlier he graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a B Comm LLB and during 2002 he obtained an Advanced Certificate in Children’s Rights. In 2005 he obtained an LLM (cum laude) and during 2007 he qualified as notary public and attorney with right of appearance in the High Court. In 2016 he enrolled in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.
Stephan is involved with community service in his capacity as the senior supervising attorney at the Legal Aid Clinic. During the early 2000’s his work was instrumental in exposing the interest fraud which eventually led to the demise of Saambou Bank.
He also has extensive experience representing debtors in rescission of judgment and emoluments attachment order cases and his practice and research in this regard proved valuable in framing the applicant’s case in the Constitutional Court matter of University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic & others v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services & Others; Association of Debt Recovery Agents NPC v Clinic & Others; Mavava Trading 279 (Pty) Ltd & Others v Clinic & Others  ZACC 32.
Stephan has published a number of articles in accredited journals and his academic field of interest is Clinical Legal Education. He lecturers Practical Legal Training and Legal Skills at the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch.