Practice Summary

Louis Harms retired as Deputy President of the Supreme Court of South Africa at the end of 2011 after serving for 20 years on that court. After completing his university degrees at the University of Pretoria with honours, he joined the Pretoria Bar in 1966 and took silk in 1981 and practised until his appointment in 1986 to the High Court. He holds an honorary LLD and other academic awards.

Judge, Botswana Court of Appeal (since 1 January 2019).

Vice Chair: Financial Sector Tribunal.

Professor Extraordinary at the University of Pretoria and formerly Professor: Adams & Adams Chair for Intellectual Property Law (2012-2015). 

Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple since 2012 and member: 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London.

Arbitrator for the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre, Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa, Arbitration Association (Southern Africa) (hon fellow), and private arbitrations.

Author inter alia of Amler’s Precedents of Pleadings (9 ed, 2018 Durban), The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: A Case-book (4 ed 2018, WIPO, Geneva) and an editor of The Law of South Africa (Lawsa) since 1993.

Conducts seminars for judges and law enforcement agencies in developing countries on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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