Elizabeth de Stadler

Adjunct Senior Lecturer


Elizabeth is adjunct senior lecturer in the Department of Private Law. She has taught on plain language drafting and contract design on the Advanced Contract Law LLM for many years. She also regularly teaches short courses for UCT's Law@work, including on plain language drafting and contract design.

She is a Director of Novation Consulting, and of Hey Plain Jane and Rehabilitated Lawyer. She has BA LLB degrees from Stellenbosch University. Her LLM cum laude from UCT is on the scope of application of the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008. She is an admitted (rehabilitated) attorney, specialising in compliance and risk management strategy, plain language drafting, and privacy law.

She has written and contributed to many books and articles, which have been cited by the courts, National Consumer Tribunal, the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud and academic authors. She is regularly interviewed and quoted in media on various technology-related topics. She is an in-demand speaker at corporates, as well as local and international events. She regularly does training in her fields of expertise.



E de Stadler, IL Hattingh, P Esselaar & J Boast Over-Thinking the Protection of Personal Information Act (Juta, 2021)

E de Stadler & P Esselaar A Guide to the Protection of Personal Information Act (Juta, 2015)

E de Stadler Consumer Law unlocked (Siber Ink, 2014)


Chapters in books

Wrote a large part of T Naude and S Eiselen (eds) Commentary on the Consumer Protection Act (Juta), which is updated annually and often cited, including by courts and the National Consumer Tribunal. Elizabeth wrote or co-wrote the following parts of this section-by-section commentary:

E de Stadler and E du Plessis “Section 2”, “Section 3”, Section 4”, “Section 5”, “Section 6”

E van Zyl and E de Stadler “Section 11”, “Section 12”

E de Stadler “Section 14”, “Section 15”, “Section 17”, “Section 18”, “Section 19”, “Section 20”, “Section 21”

E van Zyl and E de Stadler “Section 16”, “Section 32

E de Stadler and E van Zyl “Section 29”

E van Zyl, updated by E de Stadler “Section 39”

E de Stadler (with some updated by T Naude in 2021) “Section 54”, “Section 55”, “Section 56”, “Section 57”, “Section 58”, “Section 60”

T Naude and E de Stadler “The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 in Dale Hutchison & Chris Pretorius (eds) The Law of Contract in South Africa (Oxford University Press 2012) 431-462; updated to the third edition of 2022 by now.

T Naudé and E de Stadler The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 in Johan Scott & Steve Cornelius (eds) The Law of Commerce in South Africa 2 ed (OUP, 2014); updated in meantime. This chapter is more comprehensive than the one in the Law of Contract textbook, which focuses on the contract law aspects.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

C Staunton and E de Stadler ‘Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013: Implications for biobanks’ (2019) 109(4) South African Medical Journal 232

T Naude and E de Stadler ‘”Innovative Orders” under the South African Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008’ PELJ (Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal) 2019 (22) 1-32 (available at https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/per/article/view/5108).

E de Stadler and L Van Zyl “Plain-language contracts: Challenges and opportunities” (2017) SA Mercantile Law Journal.

Unpublished LLM thesis (awarded cum laude)

E de Stadler The scope of the application of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 in the context of the sale of defective goods in comparative perspective (unpublished LLM thesis, 2016, UCT)