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Christa Rautenbach

Academic scholar
Legal Pluralism
North-West University
South Africa


Christa Rautenbach is currently working as Academic scholar (Legal Pluralism) in North-West University, South Africa.

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Christa Rautenbach has more than 30 years of experience as a legal scientist. She was a prosecutor in the employ of the Department of Justice before she became an academic scholar at the faculty of law, North-West University (Potchefstroom) where she currently holds an appointment as Full Professor. She holds a number of positions such as the honorary treasurer of the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa, Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, and also the chairperson of the North-Eastern Chapter of the Alexander von Humboldt-Association of South Africa. In addition, she is the secretary of Juris Diversitas and serves on the Board of the Commission on Legal Pluralism. She has published extensively on subjects dealing with legal pluralism, customary law, mixed jurisdictions, cultural diversity, judicial comparativism and the law of succession, and also presented numerous papers on these subjects globally. She is co-editor and co-author of two leading books in South Africa, namely Introduction to Legal Pluralism in South Africa published by LexisNexis and The Law of Succession in South Africa published by OUP. She is the editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed, open-access electronic law journal – the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, accessible at She serves on the editorial and/or advisory boards of the Journal for Contemporary Roman-Dutch Law (South Africa), the Journal of Comparative Law in Africa (South Africa) and the Journal of Civil Law Studies (Louisiana), and the African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES): southern Africa region.


  • RAUTENBACH C “Legal Reform of Traditional Courts in South Africa: Exploring the Links between uBuntu, Restorative Justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence” 2015 Journal of International and Comparative Law 275-304

  • RAUTENBACH C “‘Jolly Old Law’: The Sex Worker Who Sued Her Pimp for Unfair Dismissal” 2013 (2)2 Journal of Civil & Legal Sciences1-2, accessible at

  • RAUTENBACH C & DU PLESSIS LM "In the Name of Comparative Constitutional Jurisprudence: The Consideration of German Precedents by South African Constitutional Court Judges" German Law Journal 2013(14)8 1539-1578, accessible at

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