JOURNAL OF UWC FACULTY OF LAW | ISSN 2077-4907 | Short URL www.ldd.org.za

Incorporating Afrocentric alternative dispute resolution in South Africa’s clinical legal education, pp 482-514

Volume: Volume 25 - 2021

Article type: Refereed article

Author/s: Bronwyn Le-Ann Batchelor, Nasholan Chetty & Shelton Tapiwa Mota Makore

Since its inception, South African clinical legal education has remained steeped in the promotion of the Western adversarial model of resolving legal disputes with minimal consideration for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This dearth in legal development has ignited the argument that South African legal education is faulty, focusing on producing theory orientated graduates devoid of practical critical thinking skills and client empathy. Decolonising the manner in which law students are taught for practice to assuage these concerns through clinical legal education is overdue. This article explores the utility of ADR systems in the legal clinic as an instrument for skills transfer to students in order to prepare a competent and skilled law graduate. It argues that the introduction of ADR undergirded by African epistemic norms and the philosophy of ubuntu has the potential to re-make South African clinical education into an Afrocentric centred phenomenon, which is in harmony with societal boni mores.

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Bronwyn Le-Ann Batchelor

Head of Faculty: Law, Independent Institute of Education, Sandton, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7300-131X

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Nasholan Chetty

Advisor, Central, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7053-5831

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Shelton Tapiwa Mota Makore

TOT Lecturer, Nelson R Mandela School of Law, University of Fort Hare, East London https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4515-8122

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