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Mr. Neil van Dokkum

Title:

Law Lecturer

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Law and Criminal Justice

Telephone:

+353 0 51302255

Room Name/ Num:

C114, College St. Campus

Campus:

College Street

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My Biography

Neil van Dokkum

Bachelor of Social Science, Rhodes University, 1984

Bachelor of Laws, University of Natal, 1987

Master of Laws, University of Natal, 1994

PG Cert. Constitutional Litigation, University of Natal, 1996

BTEC PC: E-Learning, University of Newcastle, 2013

 

Contact: [email protected]; +353 0 51302255

 

Neil van Dokkum is a Law Lecturer in the Department of Applied Arts, School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology since his arrival in Ireland from South Africa in 2002.

Whilst in South Africa, Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before qualifying as a barrister in 1992. Neil specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He also dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from practice in 2002 to take up a full-time lecturing post. He was awarded the national award of “Teaching Hero” in 2016 and again in 2021. He has published three books in Ireland, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). He is an accredited and practising mediator and he has written and taught extensively in the fields of dispute resolution and conflict management.

His current interest is disability as a politico-economic construct. He is the creator and author of the very popular blog "The Law is my Oyster", which has often been a National Finalist. He now has another blog, “ElaMental”, which explores the law and intellectual disability. Neil is a member of the Centre for Social and Family Research. 

Research

Research Interests:

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Child Protection

Evidence

Medical Law

Construction Contracts

Public Procurement in the EU

Energy Law

Planning Law

 

Recent journal publications

"Negotiation" - Academia.edu (2018)

"Skills and Techniques used in Mediation" - Academia.edu (2017)

"The Statutory Functions and Powers of Eirgrid" Irish Law Times 2015 (33) 28-32.

"The Birth (and Life) of EirGrid: in vitro, ultra vires and mala fides? – Part 1" Irish Law Times 2014 (32) 81-85.

"The Birth (and Life) of EirGrid: in vitro, ultra vires and mala fides? – Part 2" Irish Law Times 2014 (32) 95-100.

"The Birth (and Life) of EirGrid: in vitro, ultra vires and mala fides? – Part 3" Irish Law Times 2014 (32) 110-114.

"Mediation Privilege: What are we really talking about? — Part I" Irish Law Times 2012 (30) 236-241.

"Mediation Privilege: What are we really talking about? — Part II" Irish Law Times 2012 (30) 254-258.

"Is it a car? Is it a man? No, it’s a cyclist" Irish Law Times 2012 (30) 98-100.

 

Books (Ireland)

Van Dokkum, N. (2011) Nursing Law for Students in Ireland. Dublin, Gill and Macmillan.

Van Dokkum, N. (2007) Evidence. Dublin, Round Hall.

Van Dokkum, N. (2005) Nursing Law for Irish Students. Dublin, Gill and Macmillan.

 

Books (South Africa)

Van Dokkum N. (1998) Unfair Dismissal in South Africa Durban, UN Press.

Van Dokkum N. (1999) Succession and the Administration of Estates Durban, UN Press.

Van Dokkum N.(2001) Unfair Dismissal - The Law and the Practice Durban, UN Press.

Teaching

Lecturer in Law, University of Natal (Durban) 1992-1996;

Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Natal (Durban) 1997-2002;

Proctor of the University of Natal (Durban) 1993-1999;

Head of Department of Private Law, University of Natal (Durban) 1998-2000;

Law Lecturer, WIT 2002-present. 

Professional

Solicitor 1987-92;

Barrister 1992-2002;

Assessor in the Labour Appeal Court, Durban and Coast Local Division of the High Court of South Africa 1993-1997;

Mediation and Arbitration Panel of IMSSA, 1996-2002;

Level "A" Commissioner CCMA, 1996-2002;

Mediator and Arbitrator on panel of Education Labour Relations Council, 1999-2002;

Mediator and Arbitrator on panel of Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council, 2000-2002;

Mediator and Arbitrator on panel of Motor Industry Bargaining Council, 2000-2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of Motor Industry Bargaining Council, 2000 -2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight Industry, 2000-2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of the Bargaining Council for the Sugar Manufacturing and Refining Industry, 2000-2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of the National Transnet Bargaining Council, 2000-2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of the Public Health and Welfare Sector Bargaining Council, 2000-2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council, 2000-2002;

Panellist on the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council, 2000- 2002.

Accredited Mediator – Mediation Institute of Ireland and FriaryLaw. 2012-present.

FETAC Trainer 2004-present

Awards

"Teaching Hero" Award 2016

http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/priority-themes/student-led-teaching-awards/teaching-hero-awards-2016/

"Teaching Hero" Award 2021

http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/priority-themes/student-led-teaching-awards/teaching-hero-awards-2021/