Professor Darren Subramanien

Professor Darren Subramanien
Professor Darren Subramanien
Associate Professor and Academic Leader: Socio-Legal Studies
Pietermaritzburg
Law Building

Biography

Professor Darren Subramanien is an Associate Professor in the fields of Commercial Law, Corporate Law and the Law of Contract at the School of Law. He lectures these modules at both undergraduate and at postgraduate level.

Professor Subramanien is currently the Academic Leader: Socio-legal studies (Pmb). He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, a Master of Laws (LLM) and PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Professor Subramanien is also an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He was a member of the Anti-Human Trafficking task team based in KwaZulu-Natal and is on the panel of legal experts for Legalwise where he provides legal advice in the areas of commercial, company and labour law. Professor Subramanien has been a facilitator for the department of Legal Education & Development (LEAD) for over 10 years where he lectures Constitutional Practice, Legal Drafting and Dispute Resolution to Candidate Attorneys.

He is currently on the editorial committee for the Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice and is a registered commercial and civil mediator/arbitrator.

Academic qualifications

  • LLB
  • LLM (UKZN)
  • PhD (UKZN)
  • Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Certificate in Software Law (UCT)
  • Certificate in Strategic Space Law (Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, McGill University)
  • Certificate in Digital Transformation and Development (Wits)
  • Certificate in The Fundamentals of ChatGPT
  • Certificate in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Business

Professional qualification

  • Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
  • Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator/Arbitrator

Research Interests

  • Corporate law
  • Law of Contract
  • Commercial law
  • Software law
  • Air and Space law
  • Human trafficking laws

Membership of Professional & Other Organisations

  • National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL)
  • National Bar Council of South Africa (NBCSA)
  • SA Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF)
  • The African Ombudsman Research Centre (AORCE)
  • Editorial Committee (Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice)
  • Advisory Committee (School of Legal Practice)
 

Publications

  • A comparative discussion of the concepts of Ratification, Access to Information and Alternative Remedies (2023) 44 (1) Obiter.
  • The Companies Act 71 of 2008 does not oust the common law derivative action for Close Corporations    Naidoo and Another v The Dube Tradeport Corporation and Others (Case no 972/2020) [2022] ZASCA 14 (27 January 2022)  2024, Obiter.
  • DC Subramanien, ‘Bought at a price’ : trafficking in human beings – a brief study of the law in South Africa and the United States, SACJ, 24 (3) 245-265.
  • DC Subramanien & N Whitear Nel, The Exclusion of Evidence Obtained by Trapping: A discussion of 4 recent cases. Obiter, 634-650.
  • DC Subramanien, Section 86(10) of The National Credit Act 34 Of 2005 : Firstrand Bank V Raheman And Another, Obiter 33 (3), 693-701.
  • DC Subramanien, One for the asylum seeker – Bula v Minister of Home Affairs (589/11) [2011] ZASCA 209 , Obiter, 33 (2), 448-456.
  • DC Subramanien, Nowhere to hide for executives Fourie v FirstRand Bank Ltd (578/2012) [2012] ZASCA 19 (18 September 2012), Obiter, 34 (1) 2013, 174-183.
  • DC Subramanien & N Whitear Nel, A fresh perspective on South African Law relating to the risks posed to employers when employees abuse the internet, SAJLR 37 (1), 9-23.
  • DC Subramanien ‘Breaking the silence – friends of the court can adduce evidence. Children’s Institute v Presiding Officer of the Children’s Court District of Krugersdorp case CCT 69/12 [2012] ZACC 25’ , Obiter 34.2 2013 333 -347.
  • DC Subramanien, A note on “tacit universal partnerships” : clarity at last : ex-partner can get slice of the pie, Obiter, 34 (3) 545-557.
  • DC Subramanien ‘SARS liable for cheques lost or stolen in the post – Stabilpave v SARS (615/12) [2013] ZASCA 128, Obiter, 35 (2) 385-392.
  • DC Subramanien ‘ “Duped” shareholders may apply for winding-up order – section 81(1)(e) of the Companies Act 7, Obiter 35 (3), 704-712.
  • DC Subramanien, ‘Narrowing of the “own name” defence Hotel Cipriani SRL v Cipriani (Grosvenor Street) Limited [2008] EWHC 3032 (Ch); [2010] EWCA Civ 110; [2013] EWHC 70 (Ch)’ (2015) 36.1 Obiter 210-222.
  • DC Subramanien, Back to the future : the reinstatement of deregistered companies and close corporations, section 82(4) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, Obiter, 37 (1), 187-199.
  • DC Subramanien, ‘Pay day for illegal foreigners: Rahim v The Minister of Home Affairs (965/2013) [2015] ZASCA 92 (29 May 2015)’, Obiter, 37 (2). 410-422.
  • DC Subramanien, Ground-breaking judgement as court clarifies the procedural requirements in section 129 of the companies act 71 of 2008 : Panamo Properties v Nel NNO 2015 (5) SA 63 (SCA), Obiter, 38 (1), 210-221.
  • DC Subramanien, N Whiter & A Danka ‘Garden leave: A discussion in the context of Vodacom Pty Ltd v Motsa (2016) 37 ILJ 1241 LC, ILJ 38 (1) 1511.
  • DC Subramanien, ‘NSPCA has Statutory Power to Institute Private Prosecutions – a triumph for animals and human morality – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development [2016] ZACC 46’, Obiter, 39 (1), 230-248.
  • DC Subramanien & JL Joseph “The right to strike under the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA) and possible factors for consideration that would promote the objectives of the LRA’ PER 22 (1) 1-39.
  • DC Subramanien & T Govender ‘Road Accident Fund steps into the shoes of the insured owner − Road Accident Fund v Abrahams (276/2017) [2018] ZASCA 49 (29 March 2018)’ Obiter 40 (1), 163 -172.
  • DC Subramanien, A Behari & TJA Cohen. ‘The Cost of Safe Working Conditions for Pregnant Employees: Manyetsa v New Kleinfontein Gold Mine (Pty) Ltd (2018) 39 ILJ 415 (LC) (2019)’ ILJ 2019; 40 : 732.
  • EM Dlamini and DC Subramanien, Comparative Consumer Protection And Unconscionable Contract Clauses, Mcabangi Business Solutions (Pty)
  • DC Subramanien. ‘Consequence and the best interests of the company as contemplated in section 165(5) (b) of the Companies Act 71 OF 2008’ (2020) 6 (1) Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice 2020, 1-23.
  • DC Subramanien. ‘Section 165 (5) (b) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008: A discussion of the requirement of good faith’ (2020) 6 (2) Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice 2020, 212-232.
  • DC Subramanien. ‘A Discussion on the Issue of Costs in Relation to Derivative Proceedings in Section 165 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008’ (2021) 42 (2) Obiter 210-228.
  • DC Subramanien. ‘SCA Clarifies the Term “Motor Vehicle” in Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996: The Road Accident Fund v Mbele (555/19) [2020] ZASCA 72 (22 June 2020)’ (2022), 43 (1) Obiter.
  • DC Subramanien. ‘A comparative discussion on the concepts of Legal Standing and The Demand’ 2022, Obiter.