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Associate Professor Andrew Hutchison

Dr Hutchison is interested in contracting and commercial law.  His recent work has included context-focused elements, aimed particularly at inclusion and transformation.  (For example: an empirical study of community savings and credit clubs – ‘stokvels’.)  This has fed into an interest in the law and practices connected with the low-income financial sector (credit, insurance, banking, fintech).  Dr Hutchison is also interested in how modern forms of commercial activity translate into living Indigenous norms. 

From a more doctrinal point of view, Dr Hutchison teaches Agency, Insurance, Secured Transactions, Insolvency, and Consumer Credit law to LLB and Commerce students.  Dr Hutchison began his writing career with a focus on the common law of contract, particularly the role to be given to good faith or fairness in Contract law.  Several of Dr Hutchison’s published articles on this topic were cited by the South African Constitutional Court in the Beadica case in June 2020 (see publications list below).   

Dr Hutchison presented a guest lecture series at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in January 2014.  He has since then been a research visitor (inter alia) at the Edinburgh Centre for Private Law (Scotland, UK, 2016); the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany, 2016); Monash University’s Department of Business Law and Taxation (Melbourne, Australia, 2017); and the Faculty of Law at the University of Montreal (Canada, 2020).

Current Teaching

  • Commercial Transactions Law (LLB level)
  • Business Law II (Commerce students, under-graduate level)

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