Louis Harms retired as Deputy President of the Supreme Court of South Africa at the end of 2011 after serving for 20 years. After completing his university degrees at UP 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.
Vice Chair: Financial Sector Conduct Authority.
Professor Extraordinary at the University of Pretoria and formerly Professor: Adams & Adams Chair for Intellectual Property Law (2012-2015). Research Fellow: East China University of Political Science and Law.
Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple since 2012 and door tenant: 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 Precedents of Pleadings (9 ed in preparation, Durban), The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: A Case-book (4 ed being printed, 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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