Is expropriation without compensation really the answer? Dr EJ Marais shares his views

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Dr EJ Marais

University of Johannesburg


Dr EJ (Ernst) Marais, an alumnus of the South African Research Chair in Property Law, Stellenbosch University, joined the Law Faculty at the University of Johannesburg as a senior lecturer in 2014, where he teaches property law. He previously completed two post-doctoral research fellowships, one with the late Prof AJ van der Walt at the Research Chair (2012), and one with Prof Hanri Mostert at the University of Cape Town (2013). His research interests include constitutional property law, private property law, and property theory, specifically the areas of expropriation, possession, and acquisitive prescription law.


He has published several accredited publications in these areas in the South African Law Journal, the South African Journal on Human Rights, the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, the Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg (Journal for South African Law), the Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg (Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law), and the Weekblad voor Privaatrecht, Notariaat en Registratie (Weekly Journal for Private Law, Notarial Law and Registration). He is a founder of the Expropriation Law Expert Group, member of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) working group, which is drafting an international protocol on fair compensation for expropriation, co-research leader (along with Dr Björn Hoops (University of Groningen)) of an international research group on acquisitive prescription, which is part of the Common Core of European Private Law, and member of the advisory board to the Young Property Lawyers Forum. He is a co-editor of the Rethinking Expropriation Law series (2015-2017) The Hague: Eleven International Publishing and Property Law Perspectives II (2013) Antwerp: Intersentia. He is currently writing a monograph for Juta Publishers entitled The Law of Possession.