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Private Law

Prof Jacqueline Heaton

Professor in Private Law

Qualifications

  • BLC, Pretoria (1983)
  • LLB, Pretoria (cum laude) (1985)
  • LLM (A curriculum - cum laude), Unisa (1988) (“The meaning of the concept ‘best interests of the child’ as applied in adoption applications in South Africa” 315pp)

 

Selected Publications

Accredited scientific journals

  • Heaton J and Schoeman E “Foreign marriages and section 7(3) of the Divorce Act” (2000) 63 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 141-149
  • Heaton J “An overview of the current legal position regarding heterosexual life partnerships” (2005) 68 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 662-670
  • Heaton J “Striving for substantive gender equality in family law: Selected issues” (2005) 21 South African Journal on Human Rights 547-574
  • Heaton J and Pretorius JT “Minors as the payees of cheques” (2007) 124 South African Law Journal 112-127
  • Heaton J “Termination of post-divorce maintenance for a spouse or civil union partner in terms of a settlement agreement” (2007) 70 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 641-652
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons and Family Law” 2007 Annual Survey of South African Law 885-960 (published in 2008)
  • Heaton J “The Marriage Act 25 of 1961, the Divorce Act 70 of 1979, and the dissolution of a Hindu marriage [Discussion of Singh v Ramparsad and Others 2007 3 SA 445 (D)]” (2008) 19 Stellenbosch Law Review 452-465
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons and Family Law” 2008 Annual Survey of South African Law 908-964 (published in 2009)
  • Heaton J “An individualised, contextualised and child-centred determination of the child’s best interests, and the implications of such an approach in the South African context” (2009) 34 Journal for Juridical Science 1-18
  • Heaton J “Family Law” 2009 Annual Survey of South African Law 440-486 (published in 2010)
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons” 2009 Annual Survey of South African Law 883-896 (published in 2010)
  • De Jong M and Heaton J “A missed opportunity to achieve justice in respect of maintenance for divorced spouses whose former spouses die: Kruger NO V Goss” (2011) 128 South African Law Journal 211-223
  • Heaton J “Family Law” 2010 Annual Survey of South African Law 435-496 (published in 2011)
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons” 2010 Annual Survey of South African Law 990-1000 (published in 2011)
  • Bakker P and Heaton J ‘The co-existence of customary and civil marriages under the Black Administration Act 38 of 1927 and the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 — The Supreme Court of Appeal introduces polygyny into Some Civil Marriages: Netshituka v Netshituka 2011 5 SA 453 (SCA)’ 2012 Journal of South African Law 586-593
  • Smith B and Heaton J “Extension of the dependant’s action to heterosexual life partners after Volks NO v Robinson and the coming into operation of the Civil Union Act – Thus far and no further?” (2012) 75 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 472-484
  • Heaton J “Family Law” 2011 Annual Survey of South African Law 414-482 (published in 2013)
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons” 2011 Annual Survey of South African Law 876-889 (published in 2013)
  • Heaton J “Family Law” 2012 Annual Survey of South African Law 328-374 (published 2014)
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons” 2012 Annual Survey of South African Law 703-716 (published 2014)
  • Heaton J “The pitfalls of international surrogacy: A South African family law perspective” (2015) 78 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 24-46
  • Heaton J “Family Law” 2013 Annual Survey of South African Law 425-467 (published 2015)
  • Heaton J “The Law of Persons” 2013 Annual Survey of South African Law 871-878 (published 2015)

Monographs

  • Heaton J and Roos A. Family and Succession Law in South Africa (2012) Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Alphen aan den Rijn (revised:2016)

Books

  • Heaton J The South African Law of Persons 3 ed (2008) LexisNexis Durban; 4 ed (2012)
  • Heaton J Die Suid-Afrikaanse Personereg 3 ed (2008) LexisNexis Durban; 4 ed (2012)
  • Heaton J Casebook on South African Family Law 3 ed (2010) LexisNexis Durban
  • Heaton J South African Family Law 3 ed (2010) LexisNexis Durban
  • Heaton J and Kruger H South African Family Law 4 ed (2015) LexisNexis Durban
  • Heaton J and Kruger H Casebook on South African Family Law 4 ed (2015) LexisNexis Durban

Chapters in books

  • Heaton J “Parental responsibilities and rights” in Davel CJ and Skelton AM (eds) Commentary on the Children’s Act (2007) Juta & Co, Kenwyn 3-1 to 3-45
  • Heaton J “Family Law and the Bill of Rights” in Bill of Rights Compendium (1998) LexisNexis Butterworths, Durban (loose-leaf) (2005) 3C-1 to 3C-86
  • Heaton J “The right to same-sex marriage in South Africa” in Gerber P and Sifris A (eds) Current Trends in the Regulation of Same-Sex Relationships (2010) Federation Press, Sydney 108-122
  • Heaton J “Parental responsibilities and rights” in Davel CJ and Skelton AM (eds) Commentary on the Children's Act 4th revision service (2012) 3-1 to 3-51
  • Heaton J “South Africa: Changing the contours of Child and Family Law” in Sutherland EE (ed) The Future of Child and Family Law: International Predictions (2012) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 398-428
  • Heaton J “Introduction” and “The Proprietary Consequences of Divorce” in Heaton J (ed) The Law of Divorce and Dissolution of Life Partnerships in South Africa (2014) Juta, Kenwyn 1-4, 57-117
  • De Jong M and Heaton J “Post-divorce Maintenance for a Spouse or Civil Union Partner” in Heaton J (ed) The Law of Divorce and Dissolution of Life Partnerships in South Africa (2014) Juta, Kenwyn 119-172
  • Heaton J “The Extension of Mediation, and Piercing the Trust Veneer on Divorce in South Africa” in Atkin B (ed) The International Survey of Family Law 2015 (Family Law 2015) 311-325

Editorships

  • Guest editor: Speculum Juris – Special Issue on Family Law: 2009 (2) (published 2010).
  • Editor Annual Survey of South African Law: as from 2010 volume (published in 2011).
  • Editor South African Law Journal: 2012-present.
  • Heaton J (ed) The Law of Divorce and Dissolution of Life Partnerships in South Africa (2014) Juta, Kenwyn.

Selected other activities and awards

  • Rapporteur: Family Law Committee: International Law Association: 2007-2013
  • Member of Advisory Committee of South African Law Reform Commission for  Project 25 Statutory Law Revision: Revision of Legislation administered by  Department of Home Affairs: 2008-present
  • C2 NRF rating: 2010-2015
  • C1 NRF rating: 2016-2021
  • Member of ASSAf Research Output Evaluation Panel for the Peer Review of Scholarly Books and Proceedings for Accreditation Purposes: 2015
  • Member of Research Assessment Committee: Utrecht Law School: 2016
  • University of South Africa Award for Excellence in Tuition (awarded for Law of Persons (PVL101-Q); team members: J Heaton, JM Kruger, S Ferreira and DT Mailula): 2005