In memoriam Professor Marius de Waal
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Professor dr. Marius de Waal. Marius de Waal was professor of private law and former dean of the law faculty at the University of Stellenbosch. For many years Marius was a member of the Ius Commune research group on property law. As a member of the Research School he frequently actively participated in the research school’s activities.
Marius de Waal was a specialist in succession law and trust law and was always ready to share his insights into South African law, but also deep comparative insights. As a former Humbold fellow he had extensive expertise German law and also studied aspects of Dutch, Belgian and French property law. Together with Reinhard Zimmermann and Kenneth Reid, he co-directed and co-edited a very large research project on comparative succession law.
During the last decades Marius de Waal collaborated with many members of the Ius Commune research school. Such as his work on real and personal rights with Michael Milo and Steven Bartels and his work on numerus clausus with Sjef van Erp, Vincent Sagaert and Bram Akkermans.
Marius de Waal was, above anything else, a warm, open and extremely generous colleague. He came to Europe for the annual Ius commune conference always bearing thoughtful gifts to the organisers and ready to engage in scholarly debate with everyone he would meet. After such a meeting he would remember not only that person, but also the conversations, for all the years after that.
In the passing of Marius de Waal we lose a most authoritative colleague and private law comparatist, but above all a great friend. Our thoughts are with his family and with the Stellenbosch Law Faculty.
On behalf of the Ius Commune Research School
Dr. Bram Akkermans, coordinator of the research group Property Law