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Mrs Helena Stoop-koornhof

Part-Time Tutor

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Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School  


Helena was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2016, and commenced her PhD studies at Durham University in October of the same year. Helena obtained her LLB degree with distinction from the University of Pretoria in 2006, where after she obtained an LLM from the University of Stellenbosch in 2008. In 2009, she qualified as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. During her time in practice, she mostly engaged in litigation, including commercial litigation and medical negligence. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town, as well as an ad hoc lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. She has consulted with small to medium enterprises on aspects of good corporate governance and structure, and has also presented workshops on compliance management aimed at corporate managers in various industries. As part of her community interaction she has run training workshops on business law at the Cape Craft and Design Institute, a not-for-profit initiative seeking to develop skills and empower individuals working in the arts and crafts sector in the Western Cape.

Current Research

Under the primary supervision of Dr Jonathan Mukwiri, along with Mr Chris Riley, she is currently conducting research in the nature and extent of both the role and liability of non-executive directors in the South African context, especially in the light of changing legal norms and a greater emphasis on good corporate governance and social responsibility. In analysing the above, she will also be looking at how such directors are treated in other common law jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and United States of America.

Research Interests

Her primary fields of interest are Company Law, Corporate Insolvency, Corporate Governance, and Insurance Law, and she has published on various aspects of these topics in notable South African journals. She has also recently contributed to the upcoming edition of Blackman’s Commentary on the Companies Act, one of the leading South African authorities on Company Law.

Recent Publications

“Alterable and unalterable provisions of the Companies Act 71 of 2008: Recent Cases Expose Inherent Uncertainties” Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice Volume 1 (2016)

“When does an application for business rescue proceedings suspend liquidation proceedings?” (2014) 2 De Jure 329

“Towards Greener Companies – Sustainability and the Social and Ethics Committee” (2013) Stellenbosch Law Review 562

H Stoop & A Hutchison “Misrepresentation in Consumer Insurance: the UK Legislature Opts for a Reasonable Consumer” (2013) 130 South African Law Journal 705 

Recent Conference Proceedings

“Alterable and unalterable provisions of the Companies Act 71 of 2008: Recent Cases Expose Inherent Uncertainties” Company Law Colloquium, University of Cape Town (2016)

“The Role of the Non-Executive Director in Ensuring Good Corporate Governance.” 1st International Mercantile Law Conference, University of the Free State (2013)