The Department of Private Law has six NRF-rated reseachers. At the of end of 2012 Prof Tjakie Naude received a C-2 rating. The Department continued to maintain its strong research record during the period of review. Members of the department maintained a high rate of publication, which included a number of international publications. The Department welcomed Mr Alistair Price in 2012 who subsequently obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge. Professors Hanri Mostert and Associate Professor Anne Pope convened a conference on Property Law and Associate Professor Mohamed Paleker convened a conference on the Law of Succession and Trusts.