Daniel Visser


Republic of South Africa

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Daniel Visser is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. In his capacity as DVC: Research, he has championed collaboration with the rest of Africa and leads the UCT leg of an international effort to “grow the next generation of African academics”, a project funded by the Carnegie Corporation. He is particularly keen to facilitate a greater role for WAAS in Africa. Internationally, he has taken a leading role in the debate about how universities from the developing world should position themselves globally. Daniel holds a chair in UCT’s Law School, of which he is a former Dean. His main work has been in the law of unjustified enrichment, comparative law and legal history. He has doctorates from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and University of Leiden in the Netherlands. From 2003-2007, he was a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne, teaching comparative law on an annual basis. He was co-editor of the South African Law Journal from the end of 1999 until he took up his present post and he continues to serve on the boards of various scholarly journals. He has more than a 100 publications to his credit, including several books, of which Unjustified Enrichment (2008) counts as his most important contribution. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Research Working Group of Higher Education South Africa (HESA), an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a Fellow of the University of Cape Town.