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Practical Corporate Governance course for the Modern African Lawyer

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About UCT Law@work

This University of Cape Town Law@work online short course ’Practical Corporate Governance for the Modern African Lawyer’ is delivered in collaboration with Africa Legal.

Leading the way in continuing legal education since 1999, UCT Law@work presents a range of seminars and courses dealing with various aspects of the law in the fields of labour, commercial, private and public law, amongst others.

Law@work and Africa Legal are working together to increase access to affordable online, practical legal courses across Africa.

About This Course

Good corporate governance is, too often, neglected in favour of short term gains. Across the globe, there has never been more attention on this than there is now.

In this two-hour interactive online course you will be confronted with an unfolding real-life scenario that will challenge you to apply corporate governance principles, enabling you to facilitate business growth.

You will discover how to support your business and clients in implementing sustainable and ethical practices that unlock long-term business value.

The course can be done anywhere, at any time, and is perfect for students, lawyers, business owners, and those looking to work in risk and compliance roles.

Taught by a leading University of Cape Town academic, the course also has input from global experts who will assist learners to develop an understanding of:

  • The value drivers of corporate governance
  • What boards do
  • Ethical and effective leadership
  • Practical outcomes-based thinking

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

This is a rare opportunity for you to earn an official certificate from UCT Law@work upon completion of the course and learn practical real-world skills that you can apply as soon as you finish. Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you at no extra cost. . 

Course features

  • Access the course as and when suits you on mobile, tablet or desktop
  • Two hours' worth of learning with downloadable resources for extra study
  • Meet colleagues from around the world on discussion forums
  • This course is scenario and case led. You will learn by example.
  • Not enough data? Turn off the video and download or read the transcript
  • Receive a certificate of completion from UCT


Your course instructor

James Leach

Lecturer, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of Law

James graduated from the University of Cape Town with a LLB in 2012 and a Master of Law in Commercial Law (LLM) with distinction in 2013, and completed a LLM in Shipping Law in 2014.
He became a lecturer in the Faculty of Law’s Commercial Law Department. James has been the primary developer and course convenor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Regulatory Compliance Management at the UCT Faculty of Law and has been running a short course in compliance management on behalf of UCT Law@work and Get Smarter since 2015. Outside of compliance management, his interest lies in theories of corporate legal regulation, cryptocurrencies and crypto-banking, corporate governance and financial aspects of corporate financing structures.


Guest contributors

Tebello Thabane

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, Company Law & Corporate Governance.

Tebello is an advocate of the High Courts of South Africa and Lesotho. He is Senior Lecturer in commercial law at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. He is also a doctoral candidate in the same department. His thesis focuses on the impact of the ownership and control architecture of state-owned companies on issues of corporate governance. He holds the following degrees: BA (Law), LLB, LLM (Commercial Law) and LLM (Human Rights). He further holds postgraduate certificates in Corporate Compliance and Commercial Dispute Mediation. Tebello practiced as an advocate for several years and later served as the Principal Secretary and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs in the government of Lesotho before joining the academy. He lectures Company Law, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Reginald Aziza

Guest contributors

Reginald Aziza

Attorney, Chevron Nigeria Limited | Doctoral Student, University of Oxford

Onoriode Reginald Aziza is a triple first-class lawyer who graduated with a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Cambridge. Currently he is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford.

His expertise lie in securities law, investment and dispute resolution. Recently he joined the team at Chevron in Nigeria as an attorney. In 2017 Reginald spent six months with Shearman and Sterling in Paris and before that a short spell at Olaniwun Ajayi LP in Lagos. He was also briefly an associate with Herbert Smith Freehills in London. This placement in the London office was the culmination of the bursary awarded to him by the law firm to study at Cambridge. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What web browser should I use?

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Who should take this course? 

This course is aimed at junior lawyers, law students, business owners and risk and compliance professionals in Africa.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

Once you are enrolled in the course, you can work through the content at your own pace. Feel free to access any part of the content at any time.
The course should take you about two hours, not including optional activities, disussions and extra reading materials.

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