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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)

 

Publications

Accredited scientific journals

  • Heaton J “Aspekte rakende lyfstraf wat in skole toegedien word in stryd met die opdrag van ’n ouer” (“Aspects of corporal punishment administered in schools in contravention of a parent’s wishes”) (1987) 11 South African Journal for Criminal Law and Criminology 52-56
  • Heaton J “Die oordrag van bates ingevolge artikel 7(3)-(6) van die Egskeidingswet: MacGregor v MacGregor 1986 3 SA 644 K” (“The redistribution of assets in terms of section 7(3)-(6) of the Divorce Act: MacGregor v MacGregor”) (1987) 50 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 103-105
  • Heaton J “Die tugbevoegdheid ten opsigte van kinders” (“The power to discipline children”) (1987) 50 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 398-411
  • Heaton J “The relevance of race and classification in terms of the Population Registration Act 30 of 1950 for adoption in South Africa” (1989) 106 South African Law Journal 713-717
  • Heaton J “Should the consent of the father of an illegitimate child be required for the child’s adoption? A suggestion for the reform of South African Law” (1989) 22 Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa 346-354
  • Heaton J “Some general remarks on the concept ‘best interests of the child’” (1990) 53 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 95-99
  • Heaton J and Davie E “Children’s rights” (1991) 2 South African Human Rights and Labour Law Yearbook 19-35
  • Heaton J and Jacobs S “Terugwerkendheid van ’n verandering van huweliksgoederebedeling ingevolge artikel 21(1) van die Wet op Huweliksgoedere: Ex parte Burger 1995 1 SA 140 (D)” (“Retroactivity of a change of matrimonial property system in terms of section 21(1) of the Matrimonial Property Act: Ex parte Burger 1995 1 SA 140 (D)”) (1995) 58 Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law 513-517
  • 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)

Monographs

  • Heaton J and Roos A. Family and Succession Law in South Africa (2012) Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Alphen aan den Rijn 272pp

Books

  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J Casebook on the Law of Persons and Family Law (1990) Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (1994)
  • Sinclair JD assisted by Heaton J The Law of Marriage Volume 1 (1996) Juta, Kenwyn
  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J Die Suid-Afrikaanse Familiereg (1999) Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (2004)
  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J South African Family Law (1999) Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (2004)
  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J Casebook on South African Family Law (1999) LexisNexis Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (2004)
  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J Casebook on the South African Law of Persons (1999) Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (2003)
  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J The South African Law of Persons (1999) Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (2003)
  • Cronjé DSP and Heaton J Die Suid-Afrikaanse Personereg (1999) Butterworths, Durban; 2 ed (2003)
  • Heaton J Casebook on the South African Law of Persons 3 ed (2008) LexisNexis, Durban; 4 ed (2012)
  • 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

Chapters in books

  • Heaton J “Family Law and the Bill of Rights” in Bill of Rights Compendium (1998) LexisNexis Butterworths, Durban (loose-leaf) 3C-1 to 3C-67
  • Heaton J “Family Law” in Unit for Gender Research in Law Women and the Law in South Africa: Empowerment through Enlightenment (1998) Juta, Kenwyn 9-90
  • Heaton J “The concepts of status and capacity: A jurisprudential excursus”, in Cockrell A, Heaton J, Keightley R, Mosikatsana T, Sinclair J and Van Heerden B (Cockrell A, Van Heerden B and Keightley R (eds)) Boberg’s The Law of Persons and Family Law 2 ed (1999) Juta, Kenwyn 65-75
  • Heaton J “Mental and physical disability; prodigality” in Cockrell A, Heaton J, Keightley R, Mosikatsana T, Sinclair J and Van Heerden B (Cockrell A, Van Heerden B and Keightley R (eds)) Boberg’s The Law of Persons and Family Law 2 ed (1999) Juta, Kenwyn p 105-160
  • Heaton J “Miscellaneous factors” in Cockrell A, Heaton J, Keightley R, Mosikatsana T, Sinclair J and Van Heerden B (Cockrell A, Van Heerden B and Keightley R (eds)) Boberg’s The Law of Persons and Family Law 2 ed (1999) Juta, Kenwyn 206-230
  • Heaton J “The concept of capacity” in Cockrell A, Heaton J, Keightley R, Mosikatsana T, Sinclair J and Van Heerden B (Cockrell A, Van Heerden B and Keightley R (eds)) Boberg’s The Law of Persons and Family Law 2 ed (1999) Juta, Kenwyn 745-755
  • Heaton J “Capacity to perform juristic acts: Marriage and other acts” in Cockrell A, Heaton J, Keightley R, Mosikatsana T, Sinclair J and Van Heerden B (Cockrell A, Van Heerden B and Keightley R (eds)) Boberg’s The Law of Persons and Family Law 2 ed (1999) Juta, Kenwyn 835-854
  • 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

Journal 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: 2010-2012 volumes.

Selected other contributions to research in general

  • 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
  • Expert input into review of Ghanaian matrimonial property law at request of  Ghanaian law reform delegation and Ghanaian-German GTZ (Good Governance  Programme Ghana): 2008
  • Referee of contributions submitted to accredited law journals, including South African Journal on Human Rights, South African Law Journal, Stellenbosch Law Review, Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law, Comparative and International
  • Law Journal of Southern Africa, SA Mercantile Law Journal, Journal for Legal Science, De Jure, Fundamina, SA Public Law; South African Yearbook of International Law
  • Peer reviewer of five SA scholarly journals: Law and Related Legal Fields for Academy of Science of South Africa
  • Referee for NRF rating applications
  • Referee for Von Humboldt Stiftung applications

Significant ratings, prizes and awards

C2 NRF rating: 2010-2015
University of South Africa Apex Award 2011-
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
Butterworth award for best first contribution to Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law: 1987

Membership of professional bodies

International Society of Family Law
Society of University Teachers of Law
International Law Association, South African Branch