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Silindile Buthelezi

Silindile Buthelezi is a lecturer in the Commercial Law Department at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM in Business Law) from the University of KwaZulu Natal. In 2016 she completed a second Master of Laws (LLM in International Banking and Finance Law) from University College London (UCL) in London, England, where graduated with Merit. Silindile completed her articles of clerkship at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (formerly a member of the DLA Piper group), one of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in South Africa. She was admitted as an attorney in the High Court of South Africa in 2012. Silindile thereafter gained judicial clerkship experience by working as a Law Researcher for the Judges at the Western Cape High Court prior to joining the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. In 2017, Silindile was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders (YALI) and spent 6 weeks in the USA studying Public Management and Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) at Georgia State University (GSU). Silindile was also selected as one (1) of the 2017 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans under the ‘Justice and Law’ category. Silindile’s research interests are Banking and Finance Law (specifically Banking and Financial Markets Regulation), Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring, and International Trade Law. However, she also has an interest in Social Justice issues relating to violence against women and children (an interest that arose during her time as a legal researcher at the Western Cape High Court).


PUBLICATIONS (Peer-reviewed)

Buthelezi, Silindile ‘Human trafficking and new legal framework in South Africa: Intervention needed for the law to reach vulnerable girls and women’ – Agenda Feminist Journal, Volume 29, Issue 3 (2015) p155-165.



Undergraduate (Service Courses)

Business Law 1 (CML1001F/CML1004S) - taught in 2014 to 2017

Law for Engineers (CML4607Z) - 2018  to present


Undergraduate (LLB)

Commercial Transactions Law (CML4006W) – teaches Insolvency Law and Financial Inclusion (2017 to present)

Banking Law (CML4603S) – a research seminar elective developed and convened by Ms Buthelezi  (2018-present)


Postgraduate (LLM)

International Commercial Transactions Law (CML5673S) – teaches Payment Methods in International Sales Contracts (2017 to present)




10th Stanford-Penn International Junior Faculty Forum 2017, 26-28 October 2017, held at Stanford Law School, California, USA. Title of Paper: ‘The Rising Cost of Twin Peaks for South Africa – The Financial Sector Levies Bill and Bank Levies

Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Conference 2017 – Liverpool John Moores University, 28 September 2017, held at Blackburne House, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Title of Paper: ‘FDI in Africa: Implications of Brexit on South Africa’s financial sector’

Annual Conference on Law, Economics and Politics (AICLEP) 2016, FLE Learning, 17-19 October 2016, held at the University of Cambridge, Newnham College, United Kingdom. Title of Paper: ‘Twin Peaks for South Africa: A Case for A Modified Model for Financial Sector Regulation’. Sessions Chaired: Day Two – Session One (Interdisciplinary Studies Group). This paper emanated from my UCL LLM Independent Research Essay (IRE).

The Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa Conference 2015, 6-8 July 2015, held at Varsity College, Durban, South Africa. Title of Paper: ‘Unifying Language and Context: Will the new approach to interpretation of contracts always lead to commercially reasonable results?




UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, University College London (UCL), 2015-2016. Editorial Board Member

Click here to access Ms Buthelezi’s online Curriculum Vitae