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Andries and Bettie in Egypt 1912
Andries and Bettie at the Sphinx, Cairo, 2012
(A C Cilliers) and Bettie Cilliers, 86 Via Nazionale, Villa Cortona,
Graanendal, Durbanville 7550

Andries Cilliers

Andries Cilliers

1933 - 2013

Author of handbooks on Law
Professor of Law, University of Port Elizabeth, 1965-1993

Andries Charl Cilliers was born on 21 November 1933 in Stellenbosch, where his father, A. C. Cilliers, was professor of Physics at Stellenbosch University. Andries studied at the universities of Stellenbosch (BA LLB), Oxford (MA 1962) and UNISA (LLD, summa cum laude, 1976. Thesis: The South West Africa Mandate in United Nations Context.)

He was married to Bettie Liebenberg, who is a journalist, in 1960. They had two sons and two daughters.
Andries Cillies died on 3 December 2013 in his home in Durbanville.

Hobbies: Photography, reading (especially history, philosophy and cosmology), and listening to classical music

Advocate, Cape Bar 1959-1965
Lecturer (part-time, Stellenbosch University 1961-1964)
Founder, Department of Law, new University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) 1965
First Professor of Law at UPE 1965-1993 (retired)
First Dean of Law Faculty at UPE 1969 (also subsequently)
Member of Law Revision Committee and SA Law Commission 1969-1973
Member, editorial board of SA Yearbook of International Law 1975-2000
Witness before Constitutional Committee of President's Council 1981
Editor of Obiter (UPE Law Journal) 1988-1992
Assessor in High Court (Port Elizabeth and Cape Town) 1966-2003
Member of the Council of the UPE 1981-1984
Commissioner in Small Claims Court, Port Elizabeth 1985-1993
Consultant for the Ciskei Government at the Conference for a Democratic South Africa, Kempton Park, 1992-1993
Consultant for the Freedom Front, Constitutional Assembly, Cape Town 1994
Legal Consultant 1994- (private opinion practice)
Research Fellow UPE 1998-
South African correspondent for JURIST, the Legal Education Network, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 2000-
Participant, some radio and television programmes over the years

Although retired, Andries Cilliers continued writing and also worked as a legal consultant. In the last years of his life he brought up to date the books, Law of Costs (about 500 pages) once every six months and Civil Practice of the Supreme Court and Appellate Division (just under 2000 pages, 2 volumes, with co-author HC Nel) once a year, this time as an e-book. He has completed his fundamental work Human Rights and Human Duties.

Research bursaries: Various overseas research bursaries, notably Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust University Travelling Fellowship (1993)

Awards and Honours:
Rhodes Scholar 1954
Member of SA Academy for Arts and Science 1977
1981 full member
Chairman, Eastern Cape Branch 1980-1981 of SA Academy and member of selection committee, prize for legal science 1986 until after retirement
Co-opted member of the 'Association internationale de droit judiciare', Ghent (1988)
Entry in '2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century', by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England (publication due late 2004)


Herbstein and Van Winsen's The Civil Practice of the Supreme Court of South Africa (Co-author of 2., 3., 4th and 5.editions (1966, 1979, 1997, 2011), Juta, Cape Town
From a review: Herbstein & Van Winsen: Civil Practice of the High Court of SA
The more one uses this publication, the clearer its value becomes. It has been said that "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows" (Epictetus). As far as IÕm concerned, the fifth edition will benefit even the most experienced of litigators. I congratulate the authors on their achievement in delivering a product of this quality. The fifth edition is without doubt a work of great importance and can be highly recommended.
Monique L Du Preez (University of Johannesburg)

Law of Costs, Butterworths, Durban (3rd edition 1997, updated annually)
Human Rights and Human Duties, 2012

Chapters in other books (3)
First inaugural lecture UPE 1971 (Whither the International Court?)
Columnist (Civil Procedure and Costs) in SA Attorneys' Journal De Rebus 1980-2003 (270 contributions)
Two titles in encyclopaedia "The Law of South Africa" (Butterworths)
Some 30 articles and reviews in South African legal journals and a number of articles in newspapers, 1965-2003

Information by Andries Cilliers, January 2004 - 2012

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