Judge Malcolm Wallis of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and Honorary Professor at the School of Law at UKZN, has been awarded two visiting fellowships at Oxford University. Wallis will travel to the UK during the Michaelmas term (1 October – 31 December) while on long-leave from the SCA.
Wallis will be one of the inaugural visitors to the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, headed by Justice Catherine (Kate) O’Regan, a former justice of the South African Constitutional Court. He will join leading human rights lawyers at this research institute which aims to become a pre-eminent global centre for human rights law research and scholarship.
In addition, Wallis has been elected as a Robert S Campbell Jr visiting fellow at Magdalen College, one of the oldest at Oxford, and accepted as a visiting fellow at Mansfield College, where the Bonavero Institute is situated.
Wallis is a lifelong Durbanite, educated at Durban High School and proceeding from there to the former University of Natal, where he obtained his B Com (1970) and LLB cum laude (1972). In his final year he was the top Law student winning the Abel Torf prize and was also the inaugural winner of the Ellie Newman Moot Competition.
He practised at the Durban bar from 1973 to 2009, when he was appointed as a judge to the Natal Bench. He received his PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, in 2010, and took up a position as an Honorary Professor in Law after his appointment to the SCA in 2011. He is heavily involved in the LLM programme at the Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Unit at Howard College where he lectures and supervises postgraduate students. He was appointed Professor Extraordinary of Mercantile Law at the University of the Free State in 2014.
Wallis previously spent three months at Cambridge University in 2013 as a visiting scholar to the Faculty of Law, based at Jesus College.
Of the appointments Wallis said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to engage with international scholars on some of the most crucial issues facing South African lawyers and the rule of law.’