Louis Harms retired as Deputy President of the Supreme Court of South Africa at the end of 2011 after serving for 20 years.
He is presently Professor Extraordinary and Professor: Adams & Adams Chair for Intellectual Property Law, at the University of Pretoria and Professor Extraordinary at the University of the Free State.
He became an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple during 2012.
He is on the panel of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa.
After completing his university degrees with honours, he joined the Pretoria Bar in 1966 and took silk in 1981 and practised until his appointment in 1986 to the High Court. His speciality was Commercial Law such as Intellectual Property Law, Contract Law, Building and Engineering Law, Expropriation/Valuation. His some 200 reported judgments cover all fields but more particularly commercial law.
He also holds an honorary LLD and other academic awards.
He is the author of textbooks on civil procedure, pleadings and the enforcement of intellectual property law and of articles and Editor of The Law of South Africa 34 volumes) since 1993. This is the local version of Halsbury. He is an editorial board member of the University of Western Australia Law Journal and the Intellectual Property Journal, Osgood Hall Law School, Toronto.
He actively conducts seminars for judges and law enforcement agencies in developing countries on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.