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Scholarships and Prizes

Scholarships for LLB study in Public Law (awarded without application):
Ionann Scholarship for Criminal Justice

In 2005, Dianna Yach and Peter Stephens donated the proceeds from their book to establish a scholarship of R5 000 for the top black female student in Intermediate Level Criminal Justice courses; their hope is that the scholarship will encourage black women from Southern Africa (including the SADC region) to make a career in criminal justice.


Prizes and Awards

Preliminary LLB Level and Undergraduate Students

(Year 1 Graduate LLB, Year 3 and 4 Combined Law Stream and Year 1 and 2 Undergraduate LLB)

Sir Franklin Berman Prize for International Law


In 2006 Sir Franklin Berman, a graduate of UCT and former legal advisor to the British Foreign Office, established a prize of R1 000 for the student who gains the highest marks in International Law.


Soraya Donnelly Technology Award for International Law


The Soraya Donnelly Technology Award is awarded annually (at the discretion of the Faculty of Law) to a deserving student of International Law (PBL2001H/PBL3001H). The award is funded by Shihaam Donnelly in honour of her mother Soraya Donnelly who constantly motivated and supported her throughout her academic career. The award will consist of various electronic devices.


Yash Ghai Prize for Constitutional Law


In 2006, the leading Public Law academic and honorary professor in the Faculty, Professor Yash Ghai, established a prize of at least R1 000 to be awarded to the top student in Constitutional Law.



Intermediate Level LLB Students

LexisNexis Butterworths Prize – Best Intermediate Level

LexisNexis Butterworths (Pty) Limited has established an annual prize of R5 000 to be used for the purchase of books which it publishes. The prize is awarded to the best Intermediate Level student, if of sufficient merit.


Final Level LLB Students


D B Molteno Memorial Prize


A prize of R1 000 in memory of the late Professor DB Molteno QC, first Professor of Public Law in the University of Cape Town, to be awarded annually to the Final Level student who achieves the best overall performance, if of sufficient merit, in courses offered by the Department of Public Law.


Ephraim Kluk Award


In 1988, a scholarship was established in terms of the wishes of the late Ephraim Kluk. The scholarship is awarded for the purpose of undertaking postgraduate research at the University into international law in respect of the concept of peace, justice and understanding between nations. The candidate is selected by the Head of the Department of Public Law in consultation with members of staff in the Department of Public Law.

Value: Variable

Tenure: One year.



Other Prizes

Engen Petroleum Prize in Marine Law


A prize to be awarded to the student obtaining the highest marks in International Law of the Sea. provided that a satisfactory standard is obtained.


Solly Kessler Memorial Essay Prize


A book prize of R1 000 for the best essay on a topic concerning constitutional law, which could be in any course, was established in memory of alumnus Solly Kessler, an outstanding student who won five class medals and obtained his LLB in 1951. He had a particular interest in constitutional law and practised law until he passed away in June 2005; he was awarded the Cape Law Society President's Discretionary Award in 2005 in recognition of "outstanding service to the profession".