Marlize Van Jaarsveld

Marlize Ingrid van Jaarsveld, Adjunct Professor, qualified as an attorney in South Africa. Prior to relocating to Canada in 2010, Marlize was employed as a professor in labour law at the University of South Africa (UNISA), the largest university in South Africa with students registering from all over the world for modules offered both online and through contact classes. Currently a permanent resident of Canada, Marlize holds LL.B (first class), LL.M (Mercantile Law with Specialisation in Labour Law) (awarded with honours), and LL.D (Doctor of Laws) degrees. In addition, she completed certificate courses in project and supervisory management and recently sat for eight examinations of the Upper Law Society of Canada, required for internationally qualified lawyers who consider practising law in Canada. A recipient of merit scholarships, Marlize completed her LL.M degree partially as an international student at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.L.) in Belgium where she, amongst other things, completed a course in international trade law magna cum laude and conducted comparative research for a dissertation on affirmative and positive action policies.

Having a strong interest in the ever evolving world of employment relationships, Marlize completed an 890-page doctoral thesis in 2007. In the thesis, Marlize adopted a comparative approach to ascertain the extent to which common law principles of contract interface with statutes in employment relationships. Her doctoral research enabled her to conduct comparative research at, amongst others, the Centre for Advanced Legal Studies in London (U.K.), University of Columbia (N.Y.), the Library of Congress (Washington DC), and the University of Western Ontario (London, ON). A recipient of a DAAD scholarship, Marlize conducted further doctoral research in 2005 at the University of Frankfurt.  

During her career at UNISA as an academic, lecturer, dissertation supervisor, mentor and business consultant, Marlize participated in the World Justice Project, a global, non-profit U.S. project which aims to advance the rule of law globally. A staunch believer in the power of written words, she contributed 36 publications to date. The latter includes peer-reviewed articles in accredited law journals, short case discussions, four publications in international law journals, and five chapters in law books. Discrimination, common law employer and employee rights and obligations, contractual autonomy and restraints, incapacity and accommodation of cultural and religious practices, collective bargaining and dispute resolution are some of the aspects she has tackled. Having participated as a speaker in workshops and conferences, both in South Africa and internationally, she marvels at having had the an opportunity to act as reporter on South Africa labour law from 2008-2010 for the International Labour Law Reports. Marlize’s professional profile was subsequently included in the 2011 and 2012’s editions of Marquis Who’s Who in the World: Law (New Province, NJ, U.S.).

Passionate about spending time outdoors, Marlize is a qualified PADI scuba diver who also enjoys running, hiking, alpine skiing and ice skating. Aside from entertaining a keen interest in international news, Marlize is an avid reader who delights in both performing and creative arts.

Marlize speaks English and Afrikaans and understands German, Flemish and Dutch. She can be contacted by email at or one can call her at 604.682.8112 or our toll free number in North America 1.877.338.8002.


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