CLS, in partnership with the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair in Security and Justice, will be hosting Tara Weinberg for a Thought Leader Encounter entitled RETHINKING PROPERTY IN AFRICA.


Date:    Tuesday 12 March 2019

Time:   12H00 – 13:30

Venue: Moot Court (Level 5, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus).


Please RSVP to for catering purposes by: Thursday 7 March 2019.


We often think of property and property law as neutral or natural. South African law for instance, often assumes that property involves a one to one relationship between a person and a thing. Yet all property law has specific historical and social origins. This is because property is about the relationships between people, and not only relationship to things. The form of property law practiced in South Africa has a very particular intellectual geneology, one that is tied to the history of power, norms and wealth in Europe. In this seminar we will rethink what property and property law means in various African contexts. We will explore how laws and ideas concerning property in Africa have been shaped by powerful forces, while also contested, influenced and implemented by people on the ground. Rethinking questions of property in Africa is directly relevant to tackling key political factors on the continent now, including land reform, land grabs, land tenure insecurity, mining issues and inequalities.


Tara Weinberg is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation explores a history of collective property ownership in South Africa. Her research examines how politically marginalized people in rural South Africa have contested issues of property, authority and identity. She has previously worked as researcher on land reform at the University of Cape Town’s Law & Accountability Research Centre (LARC). She completed a Master’s degree in African History at University of Chicago while on a Fulbright scholarship. She has published on questions of land, law and activism in Southern Africa. She is originally from Cape Town.

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 -
12:00 to 13:30