Ms Chinelle van der Westhuizen




  • Biography

    Ms van der Westhuizen completed her LLB and LLM at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She lectured undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Banking and Commercial Law in the Mercantile Law Department at the University of South Africa. She was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2013. In 2017, Ms van der Westhuizen graduated with a further Master of Laws by Research at The University of Notre Dame Australia, focusing on the Regulation of Cryptocurrencies in Australia.  Ms van der Westhuizen is also currently completing her Doctor of Laws degree.

  • Teaching areas

    • Contract law
    • Competition and Consumer law
    • Banking law (including cryptocurrency regulation)
    • Law Review
  • Research expertise and supervision

    • Banking law (including cryptocurrency regulation)
    • Consumer law (including Elder law)
    • Insolvency law
  • Journal articles

    • Chinelle van der Westhuizen, ‘Do Consumers Need a “Bit” More Protection under Australian Consumer Laws?  The Regulatory Risks and Challenges of Bitcoin’ (2018) 4 Curtin Law and Taxation Review (Consumer Law Special Issue) 59
    • Maphuti Tuba and Chinelle van der Westhuizen, ‘An Analysis of the “Know Your Customer” Policy as an Effective Tool to Combat Money Laundering: Is It About Who or What to Know that Counts?’ (2014) 4(1) International Journal of Public Law and Policy 53
  • Community engagement

    • Committee member and co-contributor of the UNDA Legal Clinic
    • Law Access WA Representative
    • Committee member Graduate Women WA
    • Advisor – Tecstack WA
  • In the media

  • Awards

    Finalist, Lawyers Weekly: Women in Law Awards: Academic of the Year (2016 and 2017)

  • Professional affiliations

    • Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
    • AFSA accredited Mediator and Negotiator