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Jacques Matthee

Senior Lecturer

Currently resides in: Free State, South Africa

Born in Pretoria South Africa

Jacques Matthee is a senior lecturer within the Department of Private Law at the University of the Free State, ZA and an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He is also Executive Editor of the NWU Students Law Review and Associate of the Centre for Constitutional Rights. In 2004 and 2007 he obtained his LLB and LLM respectively from the NWU (Potchefstroom Campus). He obtained his LLD titled 'One Person’s Culture is Another Person’s Crime: A Cultural Defence in South African law?' in 2014. Since 2009 Matthee has published articles dealing with criminal law issues on an interdisciplinary basis. Matthee has also made contributions to books on the Law of Succession, Law of Civil Procedure, Criminal law, Law of Criminal Procedure, Law of Evidence and African Customary law. He has made numerous conference contributions, both in South Africa and abroad, dealing with the “cultural defence in criminal law”. He is currently involved in projects dealing with cultural diversity and legal pluralism issues. Matthee has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout his studies and career. Some of these include being a scholarship holder of both the “DAAD-NRF Joint In-Country Scholarship Programme for Postgraduate Studies” in South Africa and the “Stichting Studiefonds voor Zuid-Afrikaanse Studenten” in the Netherlands, receiving a Graduate Scholar Award at the 12th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations and most recently, receiving a sponsorship for junior researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Matthee has research and lecturing experience in Criminal law, Law of Criminal Procedure, Legal Pluralism and African Customary law. In 2015 Matthee was admitted as a member of the National Bar Council of South Africa.

Contact details

O: 0514012108

M: 0834162542

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Business Address

205 Nelson Mandela Dr, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 9301

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Senior Lecturer | Private Law | University of the Free State
Bloemfontein, South Africa | April 2017 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Advocate | High Court of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | July 2013 - present

Law Practice and Legal Services

Associate | Centre for Constitutional Rights
2012 - present

Previous Position(s)

Senior Lecturer | School of Basic Sciences | North-West University
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa | November 2014 - March 2017

Academia, Education and Training

Lecturer | School of Basic Sciences | North-West University
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa | March 2012 - October 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Editor In-Chief: NWU Students' Law Review | Faculty of Law | North-West University
Potchefstroom, South Africa | 2011 - March 2017

Academia, Education and Training

Temporary Lecturer & Educational Interpreter | Faculty of Law & Institutional Language Directorate | North-West University
Potchefstroom, South Africa | 2008 - February 2012

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


North-West University

Potchefstroom, South Africa | 2009 - 2014

Doctor Legum (LLD) - Criminal Law, Legal Pluralism

North-West University/Noordwes-Universiteit

2008 - 2008

Magister Legum (LLM) - Criminal Law, Law of Criminal Procedure

North-West University/Noordwes-Universiteit

2004 - 2007

Baccalareus Legum (LLB) - Law



Graduate Scholar Award | 2012

Received at the Twelfth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada

NWU Focused Development for Upcoming Researchers Award | 2011

DAAD/NRF Joint In-Country Scholarship Programme for Postgraduate Studies | 2011

Stichting Studiefonds voor Zuid-Afrikaanse Studenten (SSF) | 2011

Bursary for research in the Netherlands

media exposure

NWU Vaal Open Day 2014 | 2014

Inspiring prospective first year students to study law at the North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus)

Rights and Recourse | 2013

Discussion on the Traditional Courts Bill

Academic Achievements

LLD | 2014

LLM | 2007

LLB | 2004



Arterial Network

Member, 2011 - present

Centre for Constitutional Rights

Associate, 2011 - present

APPEAL (Academics Promoting the Pedagogy of Effective Advocacy in Law)

Member, 2011 - present

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