Twenty Years of South African Constitutionalism

Twenty Years of South African Constitutionalism: Speakers


Richard L. Abel is the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA School of Law. He is the author of “Politics by Other Means: Law in the Struggle against Apartheid, 1980-1994 (Routledge, 1995) and is working on a book about the defense of the rule of law in post-9/11 United States.

Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Sarah Adams-Schoen, Assistant Professor of Legal Process and Director of the Institute on Land Use & Sustainable Development Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Fola Adeleke is the head of research with the Mandela Institute, School of Law, University of Witwatersrand. Previously, he was Head of Programme at the Right to Information Unit, South African Human Rights Commission, Head of Research at the Supreme Court of Appeal and at the Open Democracy Centre. He is also a member of the Access to Information working group of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers, Institute of Directors and Society of International Economic Law. He holds a PhD from Wits University, an LLM from the University of Cape Town and a LLB degree from the same university. His research interests include constitutional and administrative law, international investment and economic law and competition law. Senior Researcher, The Mandela Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand

Penelope Andrews, President and Dean, Albany Law School

Claudia Angelos is Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where she teaches lawyering and litigation and directs the Civil Rights Clinic, the Racial Justice Clinic, and the New York Civil Liberties Clinic.  Over more than twenty years at the law school she and her students have litigated more than one hundred civil rights cases in the New York federal courts.  She speaks frequently on a range of issues, including legal education, prisoners’ rights, civil rights, ethics, and pretrial and trial practice.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  A long-time past president of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Professor Angelos now serves as its general counsel and sits on the board and the executive committee of the American Civil Liberties Union.  She is also a member of the board and executive committee of the Clinical Legal Education Association and the board of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.

Bernadette Atuahene joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2005. She teaches Law, Policy and International Development; Property; and International Business Transactions. In 2007 she was selected to become a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, which is a socio-legal think tank based in Chicago.  After law school, Professor Atuahene was in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. She served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for Justices Madala and Ngcobo. She then practiced as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, where she focused on sovereign debt and real estate transactions.

Brook Baker is a Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law and is an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal, having taught and consulted in South African law schools and clinics since 1997.  Brook is a senior policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project) and is actively engaged in campaigns for universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. He has written and consulted extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, access to medicines, and medicines regulatory policy including with the African Union, NEPAD, Uganda, ASEAN, Thailand, Indonesia, Venezuela, CARICOM, UK DfID, WHO, the Millennium Development Goals Project, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Open Society Institute, UNDP, UNITAID, the Medicines Patent Pool, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and others.

Clare Ballard, Attorney (Penal Reform Programme) Lawyers for Human Rights

Tamara Belinfanti, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Mbekezeli Benjamin, Candidate Attorney, Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa

David Bilchitz is a Professor at the University of Johannesburg and Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC). He is also Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL). He has a BA (Hons) LLB cum laude from Wits University and graduated with an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He publishes widely in the field of constitutional and fundamental rights law and has authored the monograph ‘Poverty and Fundamental Rights: the Justification and Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights’ (Oxford University Press, 2007). His co-edited book (with Prof Surya Deva) titled ‘Human Rights Obligations of Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?’ was eleased in November 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He has also published many articles in journals and book chapters relating to areas such as Socio-Economic Rights,  Corporations and Human Rights, Animal Rights, Lesbian and Gay Rights, Rights Theory, the Law of Evidence and much else. He also co-ordinated the Socio-economic rights projects of the International Association of Constitutional Law in the Africa region (South Africa and Kenya).  He recently provided expert advice on draft constitutions of Tunisia and Egypt and presents at conferences and universities around the world.

Warren Binford is an associate professor of law and director of the clinical law program at Willamette University College of Law. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an Ed.M. and a B.A., summa cum laude with distinction, from Boston University. She was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2012 and joined the faculty of the University of the Western Cape as a visiting professor to conduct research on the advancement of children’s rights in Africa and co-teach a graduate course on “Children’s Rights in the African Context.” She has researched, presented, and published numerous papers on children’s rights both in the U.S. and abroad, and has collaborated with a variety of organizations on children’s rights including Save the Children, the International Red Cross, the Children’s Rights Project, the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, and others.

Michael Bishop obtained a BA (Law), LLB and an LLM from the University of Pretoria and an LLM from Columbia Law School.  From 2006-2007 he clerked for the Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa. Michael is currently counsel at the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre where he specializes in public interest litigation.  He has appeared in the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Land Claims Court on a range of constitutional issues including customary law, refugee rights, land restitution, housing and social security.  Michael is the Managing Editor of both Constitutional Law of South Africa and the Constitutional Court Review, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town.            

Robert Blecker is a professor of Criminal Law, 8th Amendment jurisprudence, and Constitutional History at New York Law School.  Professor Blecker has spent thousands of hours inside maximum security prisons and on death rows in several states.  His odd relationship with condemned killer Daryl Holton became the subject of a feature and TV documentary – “Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead”. MSNBC aired it many times and it has played on TV in a dozen countries.  Palgrave Macmillan recently published his crime and punishment memoir – THE DEATH OF PUNISHMENT: Searching for Justice Among the Worst of the Worst.

Frank Bloch, Professor of Law Emeritus, Vanderbilt Law School

Zsa-Zsa Boggenpoel, Seniour Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

Richard Boswell, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Global Programs, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Jason Brickhill is the Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre and a member of the Johannesburg Bar. In 2004, Jason clerked for Justice Kate O’Regan of the Constitutional Court before entering practice, initially as an attorney and then as an advocate. Jason practises primarily in the area of constitutional law in South Africa and appears regularly in the High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court of South Africa. He has also represented the Namibian Government in constitutional matters in the High Court and Supreme Court of Namibia and advised the Law Society of Zimbabwe on constitutional reform in that country. He has taught constitutional law at the University of the Witwatersrand and currently serves as external examiner in constitutional law. He has published widely on various subjects in constitutional law and public law. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Cape Town and an MSt in International Human Rights from the University of Oxford.                  

Hannah Britton is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. She is the Director of the Center for International Political Analysis at the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas. Her major research interests focus on gender and politics in Africa, specifically examining how gender is used as a site of mobilization for women’s political advancement, particularly in democratizing contexts.  Britton’s scholarship has focused on women in African legislatures, civil society, and governmentbureaucracies.  She is currently working on several new projects: state strategies for addressing gender-based violence in southern Africa, governance and AIDS in Africa, and a comparative analysis of human trafficking policies.

Julian Brown, Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Mpfariseni Budeli, is currently a professor of Labour Law in the Department of Mercantile Law, University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Budeli’s main focus of research is freedom of association and trade unionism. Her work has had an impact on labour law teaching and research in South Africa and even in other African countries such as Zambia and Tanzania. Professor Budeli has published her research findings in national and international journals. Accordingly, in 2012, Professor Budeli received a Y2 NRF rating from the National Research Foundation. She is one of 20 founding members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).  Professor Budeli is a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Network of Experts on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining and also an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Steven Budlender, Advocate, Victoria Mxenge Group of Advocates

Firoz Cachalia, Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand

Richard Calland has for almost twenty years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, Calland specializes in freedom of information law and has recently served as a member of the Independent Access to Information Appeals’ Board of the World Bank. At UCT he also heads its Democratic Governance & Rights Unit and its new programme, the African Justice & Transparency Initiative, which will be launched in 2015. Before moving to South Africa in 1994, Calland practiced law for seven years at the London Bar. From 1995-2011, he headed the Political Information & Monitoring Service and then the Economic Governance programme at Idasa – Africa’s leading democracy Institute. He is a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution and also founded with others the Parliamentary Monitoring Group and the Open Democracy Advice Centre. He is a regular commentator in the media and his political column has been carried in the Mail & Guardian newspaper since 2001. Calland’s latest book ‘The Zuma Years: South Africa’s Changing Face of Power’ was published in August 2013 by Zebra Press.

Wesley Carpenter, Associate Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Benedict Carton is Associate Professor of History and Africa Coordinator of African and African American Studies at George Mason University.  He was twice a Fulbright scholar at the University of Natal in South Africa. His book-length publications include Blood from Your Children: The Colonial Origins of Generational Conflict in South Africa (University of Virginia Press, 2000) and Zulu Identities: Being Zulu Past and Present (Oxford University Press, 2009), with articles in the Journal of Social History, JSAS, International Journal of African Historical Studies, African Studies, among other volumes.  His next book, co-authored with Robert Vinson, is called Shaka’s Progeny, A Transnational History: Americans and Zulus in the Arc of Racial Justice, 1820-2000.

Eugene Cerruti is a Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Professor Cerruti teaches in the areas of criminal law, domestic and international,  constitutional criminal procedure, evidence and trial advocacy.  He has previously served as a public defender in New York City and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Eastern District of New York.

Lisa Chamberlain is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.  She is also an environmental justice activist, practicing attorney, academic and part-time musician.  She has a BA LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from the University of Michigan.  Her areas of expertise include governance and administrative law, access to information, legislative drafting, and environmental justice particularly relating to mining development and public participation processes.  She is a practicing attorney at CALS and has taught in the fields of administrative law, environmental governance, sustainable development and human rights in the marketplace.   She is passionate about making human rights real and ensuring that decision-making about natural resources is responsible, accountable and transparent.  Prior to joining CALS, she worked in the public sector department at Cheadle, Thompson and Haysom Inc and clerked at the Constitutional Court.

Eric C. Christiansen is Professor of Law and Faculty Chair at Golden Gate University School of Law. He is the former Director of the GGU—Universite Paris Ouest Comparative Law Institute. He teaches American and comparative constitutional law and researches in the areas of comparative constitutional history, social welfare rights, and the rights of sexual minorities.  Professor Christiansen attended New York University School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar.  In 1999, he was named a Center for Transitional Justice Fellow and began his initial work in the area of South African law, eventually resulting in a position as a foreign law clerk to Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the South African Constitutional Court in 2001.  Prior to joining academia, Professor Christiansen worked in private legal practice, specializing in international capital markets work for the London office of Latham & Watkins, and in national non-profit management related to the AIDS epidemic.  He received an M.A from the University of Chicago as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a B.A from the University of Notre Dame.

Teresa Clarke, 

Enid Coetzee is a Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg Faculty of Law.  Professor Coetzee obtained a BIuris degree (cum laude) in 1995, LLB degree (cum laude) in 1998 and LLM degree (Family law and Human rights) in 2000 from the University of South Africa (UNISA) by studying part time. During 2006 Enid worked as an academic co-worker at the University of Pretoria and joined the University of Johannesburg in 2007 as a lecturer where she lectured Law of Persons and the Family and Indigenous Law. In 2007 she obtained an MPhil: Workplace Ethics from the University of Pretoria. Since 2008 she lectures Law of Persons and the Family. She also lectured subjects including Indigenous Law, Jurisprudence, Private International Law and Law of Succession. From 2009 Enid has a permanent position as lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. She delivered papers at various conferences and has published in the fields of Family law and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.          

Andreas Coutsoudis practises as an advocate in South Africa, as a member of the Durban Bar, with a particular focus on constitutional, administrative, and regulatory law. He regularly acts as counsel in public interest litigation in a range of areas, and has appeared in the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal. Andreas completed his BCom and LLB at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), both awarded summa cum laude. After completing his LLB he served as a law clerk to Justice TL Skweyiya at the Constitutional Court. Thereafter, he completed his BCL, focusing on international law and comparative human rights, and his MPhil in Law, at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.                   

Anthony Crowell is New York Law School’s 16th Dean and President. Dean Crowell’s area of expertise is state and local government law. He joined NYLS as Dean in 2012 after serving for nine years as an adjunct professor. Since then, he has worked closely with the faculty and administration to initiate several bold initiatives, including reintroducing NYLS as “New York’s law school,” developing an innovative Strategic Plan, doubling the number of clinical and experiential learning programs offered, and introducing the nation’s first two-year honors J.D. program. In October 2013, he was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of its “People to Watch in Higher Education,” the only law school dean to make the list. Prior to his appointment Dean Crowell served as Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2002 to 2012. In this role, he served as counsel and senior management and policy advisor to the Mayor, as well as general counsel to the Office of the Mayor. From 1997 to 2002, he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City’s Law Department. In 2001, he was c‎ounsel at the City’s Family Assistance Center and ‎directed the World Trade Center Death Certificate Program, aiding families of victims of the 9/11 attacks. Dean Crowell is a recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney Award. He is an active and recognized member of New York City’s legal and civic communities. Dean Crowell received a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D., cum laude, from American University.

Scott L. Cummings is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about the legal profession, public interest law, and community economic development.  He is the faculty director of the UCLA David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, a specialization training students to become public interest lawyers. He is also co-author of the first public interest law textbook, Public Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective (with Alan Chen) (Wolters Kluwer, 2012), and co-editor of a leading legal profession casebook, Legal Ethics (with Deborah Rhode and David Luban) (6th ed. Foundation Press, 2012).

Erin Daly is Interim Dean at Widener Law Delaware. She is the author of Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions and the Worth of the Human Person (2012), a global comparative survey of the jurisprudence of human dignity. She is the co-author (with Jeremy Sarkin) of Reconciliation: Finding Common Ground and of the forthcoming Global Environmental Constitutionalism (with James R. May). 

The Honorable Dennis Davis, High Court of South Africa

April G. Dawson is an Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law where she teaches Constitutional Law, a Supreme Court Seminar, and Torts. April received her degree in Computer Science from Bennett College in 1988 and her law degree cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1994. After law school, she joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Following two years at DOJ, she clerked for Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following her clerkship, she worked as a litigation associate at a Washington, D.C. firm. April relocated to North Carolina in 1999 to start a private law practice dedicated to the representation of employees in cases involving sexual harassment, discrimination, and other employment-related disputes. She joined the NCCU Law faculty in 2006.

Camille deJorna assumed the position of Associate Consultant on Legal Education in July of 2001 after working in law school administration for fifteen years.  In that role she works closely with the Consultant and Deputy Consultant on the accreditation process for law schools including advising law schools about compliance with accreditation standards. In addition, she has served as principal staff person for a number of major Section initiatives including the Survey of Law School Curricula, the Sourcebook on Legal Writing Programs and the 2008 Bar Passage Conference. The Associate Consultant also focuses on coordinating the recruiting and training site evaluation teams, assisting site teams in preparing for their visits, reviewing site evaluation reports and assisting the Accreditation Committee in its work. The Associate Consultant’s work also focuses on the evaluation of foreign programs and non J.D. and post J.D. programs. She is a featured national speaker on the subject of affirmative action in legal education.  In May 2006, she was invited to participate as an international panelist in the South African Women in Law Indaba, a conference sponsored by the Ministry of Justice of South Africa, at the formation of the first women’s bar association in South Africa. She also served as a featured speaker in March 2007 at the Conference on Pedagogy of Legal Writing in Nairobi, Kenya sponsored by Seattle University School of Law and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Daniel de Kadt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monica de Souza is a researcher at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Law and Society. In her time at the Centre she has worked on the law relating to sexual offences and customary marriages in South Africa, and has published on these topics. Monica currently conducts legal research for the Centre’s Rural Women’s Action Research Programme, where her focus is on traditional authorities and governance in South Africa. She has a LLB and a LLM (Human Rights Law) from the University of Cape Town.

Robert Dinerstein is professor of law, associate dean for experiential education (which includes serving as director of the law school’s clinical program) and director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1983.  His areas of academic interest include clinical legal education and disability rights, both domestically and internationally.  He has served as a consultant for the Open Society Foundations in a variety of capacities, including to the foundation’s Higher Education Support Program’s Disability Rights and Law School Project in Southern Africa and the Disability Rights Initiative’s disability rights clinic project (in Africa and South America).

Jackie Dugard, is an associate professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. She is also a co-founder and the former executive director of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), where she is currently a part-time senior researcher. With a background in social sciences and law, Jackie is a human rights activist and scholar, and has published widely on the role of law and courts in affecting social change, as well as on socio-economic rights, access to courts, protest and social movements. Jackie has recently co-edited, with Malcolm Langford, Ben Cousins and Tshepo Madlingozi, the book Symbols or Substance?: Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa (2013, Cambridge University Press). She teaches Property Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Andrea Durbach is a Professor and Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre at the University of New South Wales Law.  Born and educated in South Africa, Andrea practised as a political trial lawyer and in 1988, represented 25 black defendants in a notorious death penalty case, later publishing an account of the trial in Upington (Allen & Unwin 1999). Her work in Australia has included private practice, 13 years as Executive Director, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Deputy Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission and currently, Professor/Director, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. Andrea is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a member of the NSW Legal Aid Commission board, the Australian Journal of Human Rights editorial board and the Advisory Council of Jurists of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

Ebenezer Durojaye is the Head/Senior Researcher Socio-economic Rights Project at the Community LAW Centre, University of the Western Cape. His areas of interest include focusing on socioeconomic rights, human rights issues raised by access to HIV/AIDS treatment, intersection between gender inequality and HIV/AIDS response in Africa, women’s health and adolescents sexual and reproductive rights in Africa. He has published widely in these areas and his articles have appeared in reputable international journals, including the International Journal of Policy, Law and the Family, Journal of African Law, the Netherlands International Law Review, the International Journal of Human Rights and the Netherlands Quarterly on Human Rights. He is one of the Independent Experts of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights for the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and those at Risk, Vulnerable to and Affected by HIV.

Yoliswa Dwana, Head of Policy, Communications and Research, Equal Education

Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango is an associate professor of law at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Oliver Schreiner School of Law. Her research interests are in international law and constitutional law. Zozo holds SJD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. She also holds LL.B and LL.M degrees from the University of the Western Cape. Zozo is a former intern (Legal Researcher) in the Chambers Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and also clerked for Justice Sandile Ngcobo, the former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She currently lectures Constitutional Law and Public International law. She currently serves in the editorial committee of the South African Journal on Human Rights.

Stephen Ellmann, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Stacy-Ann Elvy, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

Julia L. Ernst is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law, teaching Constitutional Law, Legislation, Health Law, and Gender and the Law.  She earned her LL.M. and Certificate in International Human Rights at Georgetown, J.D. and M.A. at Michigan, and B.A. at Yale.  She has taught at Georgetown Law and Georgetown University, and served as Executive Director of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program, as Legislative Counsel for Congresswoman Slaughter, as Legislative Counsel for a public interest organization in Washington, DC, and as a lawyer with a firm in Detroit.  She is a member of Sharon Lutheran Church and lives in Grand Forks with her husband and daughter.

Tashwill Esterhuizen, Attorney, Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa

Yonatan Fessha is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He obtained his LLB Degree from Addis Ababa University and his LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria. He obtained his PHD from the University of the Western Cape. Prof Fessha has published widely on matters pertaining to but not limited to federalism, constitutional design, autonomy and politicized ethnicity. He lectures constitutional law and Advanced Public law at the undergraduate level and a module on ‘constitutional design in divided societies’ at LLM level. He had also served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Community Law Centre.

Gertrude Fester is Research Coordinator for the Rwandan Association of University Women.  Her focus during anti-apartheid struggles was prioritising women’s liberation within national liberation and initiating  women’s organisations in the 1980s. Like many in SA, she went from prison to parliament. After being an MP(ANC) she subsequently had diverse political deployments including Gender Equality Commissioner(2001-2006).  She has a PhD(LSE).  Past positions include deputy-director, Gender Centre (University of Rwanda), Professor extraordinaire (UWC), Wynona Lipman Chair for Women Political Leaders, Centre for American Women and Politics (Rutgers) and teacher-trainer  (Hewat College of Education). She publishes fiction and non-fiction, highlighting mostly women’s and marginalised groups’ issues. Currently research-coordinator (Rwandan Association of University Women) she explores women’s participation in peace-building. As Khulumani Support Group board member  she advocates  recognition for victims of Apartheid’s gross human rights abuses and for reparations.           

Elmarie Fourie is a Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg Faculty of Law. Professor Fourie completed her B.Proc degree (1994) and an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law (cum laude) at RAU in 2002. In 2005 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon her by the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded the chancellor’s medal (2006) for the best master’s degree student in the faculty of law and the South African Society for Labour Law prize for the student with the best results in the LLM degree in Labour Law. Elmarie joined the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) as the co-ordinator of the centre. In 2006 she joined the Department of Mercantile Law. Since 2008 she lectures Introduction to Legal Studies and currently also Labour Law. She was awarded a Vice – Chancellor’s distinguished award for teaching excellence in 2010. She has been part of various task teams preparing legal opinions to government departments and drafting legislation for SADC countries. She is part of the First Year Experience Committee of the University of Johannesburg, as well as the bursary and food scheme at the Faculty of Law. She is currently involved in the development of a Legal skills course to be implemented in 2015 and the continuous development of the tutor programme in the Faculty. She has published in both the fields of labour law and legal education.

Melissa Fourie started her career as attorney in private practice, specialising in commercial and insolvency litigation at a large Cape Town law firm, from 1998 to 2001. After a stint at a large commercial law firm in Sydney, Australia, she was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete a Master’s degree in London, and thereafter joined the NGO sector in South Africa, heading up IUCN World Conservation Union’s South African Country Office’s Research & Policy Unit. She joined the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in 2005, where she was responsible for both enforcement of national land use, pollution and waste legislation, as well as the roll-out of the Environmental Management Inspectorate, or Green Scorpions, until 2008. In that capacity, she led and participated in the first rounds of training for Environmental Management Inspectors, and oversaw the first successful prosecution of a hazardous waste crime in South Africa. Since 2010, Melissa has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), a law clinic and non-profit advocacy organisation working to advance environmental rights in South Africa. The CER works for communities and other civil society organisations, providing legal advice and representation in the realisation of environmental rights; and engages in networking and advocacy to improve compliance with environmental laws, transparency and participation in environmental governance and greater state and corporate accountability for the realisation of environmental rights ( Melissa holds the degrees BA LLB from the University of Stellenbosch, and an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics. She also holds certificates in tax law, environmental law and environmental compliance and enforcement from the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand and Pretoria.

James Fowkes is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria. Prior to returning to South Africa, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. He completed his doctorate under the supervision of Bruce Ackerman at Yale Law School, where he received his LLM as a Fulbright scholar in 2010. He works in comparative constitutional and public law, international law, legal theory and history, and civil procedure and institutional design.

Kris Franklin is a Professor of Law and the Director Academic Initiatives and Faculty Supervisor of the Dispute Resolution Team at New York Law School. She writes in the areas of gender and sexuality in U.S. jurisprudence, as well as in legal education and pedagogy. She is a long-time community activist and spent her early years as a civil litigator in the Brooklyn office of the Legal Aid Society. She also has many power tools and knows how to use them.

Dugan Fraser works as the Programme Director at the RAITH Foundation, a South African philanthropic foundation that supports social justice interventions. He was previously a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant and worked in government, for the Public Service Commission, the Department of Social Development and others, as well as for donors and civil society organisations. His particular areas of interest are human rights, governance, democracy and related fields and he has a particular interest in building organisations’ capacity to learn and improve. He studied sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand and is from Johannesburg. He is on the Board of Directors of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, Action Volunteers Africa and the Social Justice Initiative.

Andrew B. Friedman is an independent human rights and development lawyer and a frequent contributor to a number of news outlets as a legal analyst, focusing on the intersection of law and global affairs. He also currently serves as an Africa researcher for Wikistrat.                     

Henok G. Gabisa is an International Law Fellow at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington VA, where he conducts research on the Philosophy of Justice System Reform and Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Settings.  In his former position as Researcher/Trainer at the Judicial Training and Legal Research Institute in Ethiopia, Mr. Gabisa taught short-term continued-education courses to sitting judges, prosecutors and public interest lawyers.  Mr. Gabisa also held adjunct positions at the Law Faculties of Royal College, Adama University and Wolayita-Sodo University where he taught various law courses including Investment Law, International Human Rights Law, Evidence Law and Ethiopian Public Finance Law.  He also served as a consultant on a Joint project between the UK’s Development Agency (DFID), University of Glasgow’s Active Learning Center and the Organization for Social Justice on Legal Aid and Clinical Education in Ethiopia. Mr. Gabisa has written numerous commentaries, law journals, training/teaching materials, research papers and reports.  He is the founder of Public Interest Lawyers/Defenders Association in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.                 

The Honorable Patrick Gaspard is the United States Ambassador to South Africa.  Prior to being appointed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Mr. Gaspard served as the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, a position he held since 2011. Previously, he served as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Affairs from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he was the National Political Director for Obama for America. He served as the Executive Vice President and Political Director for the Service Employees International Union. In 2004, he served as the National Field Director for America Coming Together, and from 2003 to 2004, he was the National Deputy Field Director for Dean for America. From 1998 to 1999, he was the Chief of Staff for the New York City Council.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Gaspard held a number of positions with the City of New York, including Special Assistant in the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Special Assistant in the Office of Mayor Dinkins.

Odette Geldenhuys is currently an attorney in the Webber Wentzel Pro Bono Practice Group in Cape Town. Her field of work is varied, with some focus on the rights of persons with mental disabilities, business and human rights, and post land restitution issues. She is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Gail Gerhart holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia universities. She first visited South Africa in 1963 while working as a teacher in East Africa; she later lived and worked in Africa for almost thirty years. She has taught political science at the University of Nairobi, the University of Botswana, the American University in Cairo, Columbia University, and the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was a Fulbright visiting professor in 1994. From 1990 to 2004 she was the Africa book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine. She is the author of Black Power in South Africa: The Evolution of an Ideology, the co- author of volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6 of From Protest to Challenge, and the editor of the second edition of that series.

Doni Gewirtzman is an expert in constitutional law and theory.  His scholarship focuses on the intersection between constitutional law and different areas of social science, including voter ignorance, the role of emotion in decision-making, and complex adaptive systems theory. His work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the California Law Review, and the American University Law Review, among other journals.  He has received New York Law School’s annual teaching award three times, and is the Co-Director of the school’s Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching (IELT).  He has also taught at Vanderbilt Law School, the New York University School of Law’s Lawyering Program, and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre.  Before entering academia, he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison and a Skadden Fellow at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.    He attended the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, received his B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University, and served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

James L. Gibson is the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government in the Department of Political Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also Professor Extraordinary in Political Science, and Fellow, Centre for Comparative and International Politics, Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Gibson’s research interests are in Law and Politics, Comparative Politics, and American Politics. He is currently working on an extensive research agenda investigating the legitimacy of institutions (especially courts, state and federal), a study of public reactions to the trials of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and a longitudinal study of political freedom and intolerance in the United States. Two of Gibson’s books were published in 2009: Citizens, Courts, and Confirmations: Positivity Theory and the Judgments of the American People (Princeton) and Overcoming Historical Injustices: Land Reconciliation in South Africa (Cambridge). The latter is the final entry in Gibson’s South African “Overcoming Trilogy.” In 2009, Gibson was the James B. McClatchy Visiting Professor at the Stanford Law School. His Electing Judges: The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy was published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press. In 2011, Gibson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association (honoring “a distinguished career of scholarly achievement”). For 2012-2013, Gibson was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City, working on a study of how judicial symbols (e.g., robes, cathedral-like buildings) affect the attitudes citizen hold of the judiciary.

Lesley Greenbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Private Law at the University of Cape Town. She holds a BA, LLB, M Ed (Higher Education) and completed a PHD in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her thesis was on the four year undergraduate LLB curriculum. She lectured at the Law Faculty at the University of Natal, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal for 18 years in a number of business law courses, prior to specialising in the field of legal education. Lesley co-authored two first year law textbooks Introduction to Law and Legal Skills, and Foundations of South African Law: Critical issues for Law Students with Professor Peggy Maisel. At UCT she is the convenor of the Extended Curriculum Programme in Law, is responsible for the First Year Experience and for tutor development in the Law Faculty. She is currently the chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee in the law school. She has published widely in the fields of teaching legal writing and legal education.

Kate Griffiths-Dingani is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her research focuses on social reproduction, precarity and care workers inKwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Kate received her BA in history from New York University in 2003 with minor concentrations in Gender and Africana studies. Kate is a long time labor movement and social justice activist, and a former women’s project organizer and development director for Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU). She has worked closely with the AIDS Legal Network in Cape Town and with the Athena Network. Her writing has appeared in NYU Inc , Against the Current, Left Turn, Mujeres Adelante, AIDS Legal Quarterly, the Solidarity Webzine, Labor Notes, Anthropology Now, New Politics, Cultural Anthropology; .Hotspots, and on Africa is a

Justin Hansford, Assistant Professor, St. Louis University School of Law

Adila Hassim is the Director of Litigation at SECTION27 (which incorporated the AIDS Law Project (ALP) in 2010). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Corruption Watch and has been an Acting Judge in the High Court.  She has edited the seminal work Health & Democracy: A Guide to Human Rights and Health Law and Policy in Post-apartheid South Africa, with Mark Heywood and Jonathan Berger. Adila has published in law journals, health journals and newspapers. She is a member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and an honorary member of the TAC. Adila earned a BA and LLB from the University of Natal, her LLM from the St Louis University School of Law in the United States and she was awarded a JSD cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School. She has clerked for two Constitutional Court judges: Justice Pius Langa and Justice Edwin Cameron. She is a member of the Johannesburg Bar and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2003.            

Mark Heywood, Section 27                  

Janine Hicks has served as a Commissioner with the Commission for Gender Equality, an independent statutory body tasked by the Constitution with promoting and protecting gender equality in South Africa.  Prior to joining the CGE, Janine worked for 15 years in the civil society sector, with the Community Law Centre in the early 90s, promoting access to justice in rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal through paralegal services and human rights interventions, and later with the Centre for Public Participation, promoting citizen participation in governance.  Janine holds an LLB from the former University of Natal, Durban, and a MA from the Institute for Development Studies, at the University of Sussex, UK.  Janine is Chairperson of the Boards of local non-profits The Valley Trust, Agenda Feminist Media, and the Community Law and Rural Development Centre, and has published extensively on participatory democracy and women’s participation in governance.   

Alexandra Hiropoulos is a doctoral student in criminal justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) and adjunct instructor and researcher at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, working predominantly on issues of international criminal justice. Her doctoral research examines violence against foreign nationals in the Republic of South Africa, utilizing spatial techniques to explore the spatial nature and structural context of violence.

David Holness, formerly of Rhodes University, is the Director of the Law Clinic of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and a Senior Lecturer in UKZN’s Law School. He has published mainly on socio-economic rights especially the constitutional right to food in South Africa, civil legal aid, paralegals, clinical legal education‎, pro bono work, community service for law graduates and administrative law. He has also written chapters in books for junior commercial law and human rights students. His just submitted doctoral thesis examines and proposes a model for better coordinated and expanded free legal services for the indigent in South Africa in civil matters. Dave serves on the Small Claims Court’s Advisory Board in Durban.

Sally Hurt is currently interning at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while also completing her LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa through the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. Prior to that she completed an LLB at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She also holds a BA with majors in social anthropology and English literature from UCT as well as a B.Soc.Sci Honours in African Studies, also from UCT. Outside of academia, Sally has done research and consultant work for a number of civil society organisations both within South Africa and regionally.                 

Saras Jagwanth, United Nations, Honorary Research Associate, University of Cape Town.                   

Georgina Jephson, joined Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys in June 2011 as the lead attorney in the silicosis class action. She has a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town and she clerked for Justice Moseneke, Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  Her interests and experience are in public interest and constitutional law, with a current focus on class actions in South Africa.        

Christian-Junior Kabange is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kinshasa Law School.  He earned his Ph.D. in Public Law from the University of South Africa and holds a Certificate of Mastery in  justice studies from Harvard University. Dr Kabange is also a Research fellow at the Institute for Democracy, Governance, Peace and Development in Africa (IDGPA).           

Tom Karis retired as Executive Officer of the doctoral program in Political Science, Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Mark Kende is the James Madison Chair Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center. Prior to entering academia, he clerked for a federal judge and litigated employment, civil rights and constitutional cases at a Chicago law firm where he worked with Barack Obama. He has co-taught constitutional law classes with two current U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Kende previously taught at Notre Dame Law School, the University of Montana School of Law and the University of Tennessee Law School. He was Teacher of the Year at Montana in 2002-2003. He has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris II – Pantheon. He has lectured or published scholarship in Canada, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (as a rule of law consultant), France (at the University of Paris I – Sorbonne), Germany, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom (at Oxford University), and throughout the United States. In 2003, he served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Africa. In 2008, he served as chair of the Section on Constitutional Law. He also co-directs a Law & Society Research Network on Africa.

Jonathan Klaaren is a Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  He teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of human rights, law, and sociology, having written over forty peer-reviewed publications and co-written several books.  He has supervised 8 doctoral dissertations and 5 at masters level.  His current research interests are in the legal profession, regulation and human rights, transparency, and sociolegal studies in Africa.  He has served on a number of editorial committees and boards including those of the South African Journal on Human Rights, Law & Society Review, and Law & Policy.  He holds a Phd in sociology from Yale University and professional law degrees from Wits and Columbia.  He served as Dean of the Law School from 2010 to 2013 and as Director of the Mandela Institute from 2005 to 2007.  He is currently working at the Law and at WiSER, an interdisciplinary research institute at Wits.

Heinz Klug is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Senior Honorary Research Associate in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Director of the Global Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin, an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the California Bar. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, he participated in the anti-apartheid struggle as a journalist and African National Congress activist. After eleven years in exile, he returned to South African in 1990, working with the ANC Constitutional Committee and teaching law at the University of the Witwatersrand. His first book, “Constituting Democracy: Law, Globalism, and South African’s Political Reconstruction,” (2000) was published by Cambridge University Press. Most recently he published “The Constitution of South Africa: A Contextual Analysis,” (2010) with Hart Publishing.

Andrew Konstant is a researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC) with a particular focus on administrative, regulatory and competition law. He holds an LLB and LLM from the University of Witwatersrand. Prior to joining SAIFAC, Andrew spent 2 years as an associate at the commercial firm, Webber Wentzel. He is a founding editor of the South African Student Law Review and an editor of the Constitutional Court Review.     

Gerald Korngold, New York Law School

Dustin Kramer is the Deputy General-Secretary and a founding member of the Social Justice Coalition – a grassroots social movement campaigning for the advancement of the rights to life, dignity, equality, freedom and safety for all people, but especially those living in informal settlements across South Africa. Kramer holds a BSocSci (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and a MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford.

Johan Kruger serves as director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights at the FW de Klerk Foundation and as Public International Law consultant. Prior to joining the FW de Klerk Foundation, Johan served as Project Coordinator & Legal Advisor for southern Africa at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southern Africa. He previously also served as Head of Productions at Creativentertainment; as Cabinet Liaison Officer in the Ministry of Defence; as Legal Advisor in the Department of Defence; and as public prosecutor at the National Prosecuting Authority. Johan is currently serving as member of Council of the North‐West University (and its Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee); as trustee on the board of the Arts & Culture Trust of South Africa (and its Audit & Risk Committee); as member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Artscape Theatre Centre; as deputy chairperson of the board of directors of the Afrikaans Language & Culture Association [Afrikaanse Taal & Kultuurvereniging] (ATKV) (and its executive committee and chairing its Social &
Ethics Committee); and on the board of directors of Etc Holdings (Pty)Ltd and subsidiary Talent Etc (Pty)Ltd.

Rosaan Kruger teaches Constitutional Law and an introductory component of Foundations of Law. She was appointed as a lecturer at Rhodes University in 2001, and promoted to senior lecturer in 2010.  Her term as dean of the Faculty commenced in July 2014. Her research for her PhD (awarded in 2009) considered the application of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 at the level of the magistrates’ courts with specific reference to complaints of racism. She continues her work on discrimination law and its impact on social change.  Rosaan’s other research interests include constitutional law theory and constitutional litigation.          

Wessel le Roux, Professor in Public Law, University of the Western Cape

Edward Lloyd, Columbia

Nolundi Luwaya is a researcher at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Law and Society. Nolundi is currently the Programme Coordinator for the Centre’s Rural Women’s Action Research Programme where she manages programme activities and conducts research on issues of land rights in rural South Africa, with a focus on women’s struggles to access land which is also the topic of her LLM thesis. Nolundi has a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town.

Shaheda Mahomed is currently employed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She taught within the Practical Legal Studies programme for 13 years at Wits. During that period she managed the Labour Law unit and was the Director of the programme for 8 years. Her PhD thesis centred on a critical analysis of the Practical Legal Studies programme at Wits. She currently teaches Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution and supervisors Masters research papers on Clinical Legal Education. Shaheda is also the Director of the Masters by coursework programme at Wits.

Peggy Maisel is the Associate Dean for Experiential Education and a Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Law.  Professor Maisel has extensive international teaching experience which began in 1996 at the University of KwaZulu Natal. There, first as a Fulbright Professor and then as an Associate Professor of Law for five years, she worked with her colleagues to  transform the operation of the in-house Law Clinic and the first year curriculum to focus on human rights and legal and problem-solving skills. She co-authored two textbooks: Introduction to Law and Legal Skills, and Foundations of South African Law: Critical Issues for Law Students with Lesley Greenbaum.  Most recently, Professor Maisel spent the 2014 spring semester in Amman Jordan working on supporting and establishing law clinics.

Kevin Sifiso Malunga has been Deputy Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa since December 2012.In this role his focus is on preventing and redressing the negative impact of state action or inaction on all who live in South Africa.  He is currently a candidate for Doctor of Juridical Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in the US. His dissertation focuses on economic justice in South Africa, in particular the right to housing, assessing the ability of courts to effect social change.”  He also lectured law at the University of Natal, and the University of the Witwatersrand. His most recent contributions include serving as State Law Adviser/Spokesperson to the Marikana Judicial Commission of Inquiry.Mr Malunga also served as a State Law Adviser: Policy Co-ordination and Monitoring at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development with his responsibilities including the Traditional Courts Bill, the Discussion Document on the Transformation of the Judiciary, drafting legislation and formulating policy/speeches for the Minister. He has also served as an aide and researcher to the Committee on Institutional Models in the former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo’s office, where he was also Chief of Staff.  He currently keeps all levels of the South African government on their toes making them account through investigations and interventions as empowered by the South African Constitution.

Jonathan Manes, Associate Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School

Andre Mbata Mangu, Professor, University of South Africa

Abigail Marcus completed her Bachelor of Arts in international relations and her law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She then completed her Masters in Law at New York University, with a focus on jurisprudence, human rights, and constitutional law. She is now a second year associate in the banking and finance team at Latham & Watkins in New York City.                

Gilbert Marcus, Senior Counsel, Johannesburg Bar

Richard Marsico teaches clinical courses at New York Law School. His work has included representing community groups campaigning for local development to bring housing and jobs to needy people and to increase banking and financial opportunities in poor and minority neighborhoods.  Professor Marsico’s scholarship now focuses on the Community Reinvestment Act, and he has just published a book about this obscure, but crucial, federal law that promotes economic development in impoverished communities. He is examining ways to encourage banks to make loans to businesses and residents of these low-income neighborhoods without encouraging predatory lending at high interest rates and harsh terms. He has written and lectured extensively in the field, focusing on low-income and minority borrowers. His published research includes a survey on patterns of home mortgage lending to low-income and minority communities in the New York metropolitan area.

Themba Maseko, University of South Africa

Thandiwe Matthews is an admitted attorney having worked in both the private and public legal sectors in South Africa. Thandi is currently employed as a Senior Legal Officer at the South African Human Rights Commission (“SAHRC”), where her responsibilities broadly comprise of assisting the SAHRC in developing and implementing strategic mechanisms in holding parties accountable for systemic human rights violations falling within the SAHRC’s constitutional mandate, as well as developing tools to assess the organisation’s impact in South African society in general. In 2012, Thandi completed a Masters in Development Studies, specializing in Human Rights, Development and Social Justice at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University based at The Hague. During her time at The Hague, she participated in various panel discussions concerning the status of human rights in the South African and African contexts, and formed part of a student delegation visiting Greece to investigate the living conditions of refugees in that country. Thandi holds two undergraduate degrees, namely a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Laws, obtained from the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) respectively. She completed her articles at the commercial firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc. and was subsequently appointed as an Associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department, and later worked as an attorney at a legal non-governmental organisation ProBono.Org, facilitating access to justice for indigent individuals. Thandi currently serves pro bono as a non-executive Board Member of the AIDS Consortium, a non-governmental organization, which serves over 200 affiliated members in the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights sectors, and aims to mobilize communities to maximize its resources in order to meaningfully curtail the epidemic.

James May is a professor of law at Widener University School of Law in Delaware, where he codirects the Environmental Law Center, and adjunct professor of graduate engineering at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has served as a delegate to the United Nations and as a consultant to the Hungarian government concerning constitutional reform in environmental matters. He is the editor of and a contributing author to Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law (2011) and has written or cowritten more than eighty articles and book chapters relating to environmental and constitutional law. He is a former federal litigator, NGO founder and director, and nuclear weapons engineer.

Achmed Mayet, Legal Aid

Andrea McArdle, Professor of Law at City University of New York School of Law, teaches urban land use, among other courses. Andrea’s publications are at the intersection of law, narrative, and rhetoric, on pedagogy, and on urban land use and community studies, including a focus on issues of climate change, urban governance, and resiliency planning. She has co-edited, and is a contributor to, the anthologies Uniform Behavior: Police Localism and National Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City (NYU Press, 2001). She holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, an M.A. in literature from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science.

Gay J. McDougall was one of five international members of the 16 member South African Independent Electoral Commission, established through the multi-party negotiations to administer the country’s first democratic, non-racial elections in 1994, which resulted in the election of President Nelson Mandela and the transition from apartheid. For 14 years prior to that appointment she had served as Director of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  In that capacity she worked with South African lawyers to secure the release of thousands of political prisoners from jail and to challenge apartheid laws in courts. Since then she has become an internationally known human rights lawyer championing the equality rights of oppressed groups. She served as the first United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues among other significant UN human rights posts.  She is currently at Fordham Law School.

Thomas McPartland, The ELMA Philanthropies

David McQuoid-Mason is employed at the Centre for Socio-Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association.  He is a former member of the South African Legal Aid Board, and has drafted legal aid legislation for Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, and helped to draft such legislation for Kenya and Uganda. He has also advised on the setting up and improving of legal aid schemes in Lithuania, Kyrghyzstan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Moldova, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Somaliland (Somalia), Myanmar (Burma) and Nigeria. He has published more than 130 articles in law and medical journals, written two books, co-authored 18 books, contributed more than 60 chapters to books, and delivered over 300 papers at national and international conferences.  He has been honoured by UNESCO for his work in human rights education, and has been awarded DCL degrees (honoris causa) by the Universities of Windsor, Canada and Northumbria, England, for his access to justice and clinical legal education work around the world.

Carrie Menkel-Meadow is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irvine and A.B. Chettle Jr. Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Menkel-Meadow is one of the founders of the modern “alternative” dispute resolution movement in the US and the author of over 10 books and 150 articles on this topic, as well as  the legal profession, clinical and general legal education, socio-legal studies, feminist legal studies and civil procedure. She has trained and taught diplomats, lawyers, politicians, scholars and legal activists in dispute resolution, restorative justice, legal ethics and international dispute resolution in over 25 countries on five continents. She now supervises the Global Justice Summit every year at UC Irvine, which is a constitution drafting exercise, much of which has been based on  developments in South African constitution drafting processes. She has won many prizes and awards for both her scholarship and teaching, including most recently the ABA Dispute Resolution section’s first even Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Dispute Resolution.

Carlin Meyer is a Professor of Law and Director of the Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, New York Law School.

Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. She is currently an associate professor of Anthropology at Columbia University in the City of New York. Her articles have been published in: Journal of Natal and Zulu History; Journal of Religion in Africa; Journal of Southern African Studies; Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa and Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing. She has contributed opinion pieces and book reviews to: African Studies Review; History & Theory; The Politics of Jacob Zuma, ACAS Bulletin No. 84; the blog “Africa is a Country” and the exhibition “PASS-AGES: References & Footnotes”. Her first book is on Magema M. Fuze, author of the Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Bavela Ngakona (1922) / The Black People and Whence They Came (1979). The book is titled Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual. The basic argument she presents in the book is that as an author and an aspirant historian Fuze represents a set of questions about the emergence and arrested development of a black intelligentsia and literati in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century South Africa. His life and writings reveal both his singular attempt to create, under adverse cultural, political and social conditions, a literary career and a body of knowledge while also participating in the constitution of a discourse community or a public sphere of Zulu-speaking intellectuals.

Tshepang Monare is a Legal Support Practitioner at Legal Aid South Africa. Legal Aid SA is an institution established to provide or make legal aid available for indigent persons.  He has a BProc, LLB from the University of South Africa. Prior to working at Legal Aid SA he was employed as a Senior State Law Advisor at Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. He has a passion of human rights as his previous work include working at the Legal Resources Centre, North-West University Law Clinic (Mafikeng) and Aids Law Project currently known as Section 27. He is attached to the Legal Development Department which is responsible for Impact Litigation, Research, Training and Support.  He was admitted in 2004 as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Admark Moyo, Graduate Student in Public Law, University of Cape Town

John Mubangizi is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  He is the author of a book The Protection of Human Rights in South Africa: A Legal and Practical Guide (Juta & Company: 2004 & 2013) and he has published more than fifty peer-reviewed articles in accredited South African and international journals. He has also written several chapters in academic books and presented numerous papers at conferences across the globe. Professor Mubangizi is an NRF-rated researcher. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and serves as Advisor and Member of the ASSAf Council. He is also a member of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) of South Africa.

Jamil Mujuzi, Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape Faculty of Law

Frank Munger, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Nicolette Naylor is a South African human rights lawyer who has completed two South African law degrees and an LLM in International Human Rights at University College London.  After practicing within the public interest law arena for a number of years she was appointed as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation.  Nicolette is responsible for human rights and governance programming in the Southern Africa region, with a particular focus on South Africa.  She programs on socio-economic rights, accountability and has a specific interest in strengthening South-South collaboration on issues of housing rights, extractive industries and business and human rights.  In July 2013 Nicolette was promoted to Senior Program Officer Human Rights & Governance and in October 2014 she was promoted to Regional Representative for the Office for Southern Africa. She will assume this position in July 2015.

Muna Ndulo is a Professor of Law, Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director, Leo and Arvilla Berger International Legal Studies Program Cornell Law School, and Director of the Cornell University’s Institute for African Development. He is also Honorary Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town and Extra Ordinary Professor of Law, Free State University. He was formerly Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, University of Zambia. He served as Legal Officer in the International Trade Law Branch of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1986 to 1995. He has carried out several UN assignments, including serving as Political and Legal Adviser with the United Nations Mission Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) and to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to South Africa from 1992 to1994, Kosovo (2000), Afghanistan (2003) and East Timor (1999). More recently he has been a consultant to the constitution-making processes in Kenya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. He has published 14 books and over 100 articles in academic journals. He is the founder of the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) Professor Ndulo graduated in law at the University of Zambia with an LLB degree and subsequently earned an LL.M. at Harvard University and a D.Phil. at Oxford University.

Thandabantu Nhlapo – has had an academic career spanning over three decades of research, writing, teaching, public service and social activism.  He was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town from 2004, and senior DVC since 2009 until his retirement in September 2014, with the title of Professor Emeritus. From 2004 to 2007, Thandabantu was the Chair the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims (which came to be known as the Nhlapo Commission), appointed by President Mbeki to investigate disputes and claims arising in the traditional leadership sector.  Thandabantu was appointed by President Mandela in 1996 as a full-time Commissioner on the South African Law Reform Commission.  As Chair of the Project Committee on Customary Law, he was instrumental in the development of significant legislation in family law, including the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, which was passed by Parliament in 1998. Nhlapo has served as a member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law (ISFL) and the Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT, Rome). He  has authored and edited several books and has written numerous book chapters and journal articles, some of which have been cited in reported judgements of the Constitutional Court in South Africa and the Supreme Court of Swaziland.  His academic research interests include African customary law and gender, women’s human rights in family law, traditional values and modern constitutions, and cultural diversity under the South African Constitution.   He is in demand as a public speaker on these topics. Active in the NGO sector, Nhlapo is the current Chair of the Human Rights Development Initiative (HRDI, Pretoria), a regional non-profit body which operates in 10 countries.

Donald Nicolson is a Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic at the University of Strathclyde.  Professor Nicolson studied at the Universities of Cape Town (where he was a member of UCT Legal Aid for four years) and Cambridge, and is professor at the University of Strathclyde Law School, where he established a law clinic in 2003. He has published numerous articles and a co-authored book on lawyers’ ethics, various articles on clinical legal education, a co-edited book on affirmative action, articles on evidence theory, articles and a co-edited book on criminal law, and articles on law and gender, feminist legal theory and adjudication. Donald currently teaches and researches in the areas of evidence, legal ethics, and clinical legal practice. He is on the editorial board of Legal Ethics and the International Journal of the Legal Profession, a founding trustee of LawWorks Scotland established to promote voluntary legal work and a member of Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee, and was awarded an OBE in 2011.

Nomthandaz Ntlama is an Associate Professor of Public Law attached to the School of Law and in 2013 acted as the Dean of Research of the College of Law and Management Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. Professor Ntlama joined UKZN from the University of South Africa (UNISA), where she was an Associate Professor attached to the Department of Public, Constitutional & International Law, College of Law. At UNISA, Professor Ntlama also served as an Ad hoc Deputy Chair, Executive member of the Centre for Indigenous Law and the Verloren van Thermaat Centre under the auspices of the afore-said Department.  She previously served with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) as a Researcher on Equality, attached to the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Unit (Equality Unit). Professor Ntlama has published in both accredited and non-accredited journals. She has also presented papers on topics in the fields of constitutional law, human rights and indigenous law at national and international conferences. Despite the academic progress, Professor Ntlama represented South Africa in Netball in various countries and won a number of Sports Awards. The Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England in 2002 was the last international stage, as she had to give up competitive netball due to work commitments.

Mathias Nyenti received the Doctor of Laws Degree in Mercantile Law (Social Security) from the University of South Africa; a Master of Laws in Labour Law from the University of Johannesburg; and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He was employed as a researcher at the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) at the Rand Afrikaans University between 2003 and 2006. He also served as the research coordinator from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on social security; and delivered papers in national and international conferences.

Edward O’Brien, University of the District of Columbia                

Martin O’Brien is Senior Vice President at Atlantic Philanthropies and manages its programmatic grant making.  Prior to joining Atlantic in 2004, he spent 17 years coordinating the work of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), an organisation dedicated to securing human rights in Northern Ireland.  Mr. O’Brien has written and publicly campaigned on a wide range of civil liberties issues.  He was particularly active in securing strong human rights protections in the Northern Ireland Good Friday Peace Agreement. He is a past recipient of the Reebok Human Rights Award, and his work has also been honoured by Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First.

Christopher G. Oechsli is President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies.  Since 2011, Oechsli has led Atlantic’s programmatic grantmaking in eight regions of the world. Now in the foundation’s final years, Oechsli is focusing Atlantic’s limited remaining resources on initiatives and organisations that build on Atlantic’s historical areas of focus and show potential for transformative change.  He is committed to sharing the knowledge that can inform others with an interest in Atlantic’s grantmaking and limited life approach. Prior to joining Atlantic, Mr. Oechsli worked with private law firms in Seattle, Shanghai, San Francisco and Taipei.  He became the first resident visiting law professor from the United States in the People’s Republic of China, where he taught constitutional and commercial law at the East China Institute of Politics and Law in Shanghai.

Joseph Oloka-Onyango is Professor of Law at Makerere University where he has also been Dean of the School of Law and Director of the Human Rights & Peace Centre (HURIPEC), and an active litigant, advisor and activist on a wide range of human rights and social justice issues in Uganda.  He is currently Fulbright Visiting Professor at George Washington University (GWU) working on LGBTI issues in Uganda, within the broader context of the issue of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in East Africa and on the African backlash to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  He was lead petitioner in the case of Prof. J. Oloka-Onyango & 9 Others v. The Attorney General of Uganda (2014) which successfully challenged the Anti-homosexuality Act.

David Oppenheimer is Clinical Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. He is the author of many scholarly articles on civil rights history, racism, anti-discrimination law, affirmative action, and comparative equality law, and has tried over twenty discrimination law cases.  His co-authored books include Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions and Commentary (Foundation Press 2012) (with Sheila Foster and Sora Han); teaching materials on discrimination law and civil procedure; the award-winning Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (University of California Press 2003) (with Brown, Carnoy, Currie, Duster, Shultz and Wellman); and chapters in MacKinnon and Siegel’s Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (Yale University Press 2003) and Friedman’s Employment Discrimination Stories (Foundation Press 2006). Professor Oppenheimer has presented scholarly papers at numerous universities, and at the annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Political Science Association.

Rita Ozoemena is a post-doctoral research fellow at South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a Centre of University of Johannesburg. She obtained her LLD from the University of Pretoria in 2013. Her research interests are in the area of gender justice, business and human rights.  She has published a book chapter and participated as a panellist in the areas of human rights of women and gender justice. She was actively involved in human rights education and activism as member of Board for Amnesty International, South Africa.

Patricia Perkins is an assistant professor of law at Elon University School of Law where she teaches courses in prisoners’ rights, public law and leadership, and legal method and communication.  Her research interests include Eighth Amendment questions exploring the distinction between punishment and treatment of prisoners and the intersection of punishment and medical ethics. Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced law representing law enforcement and private providers of correctional services.  Professor Perkins also represented, pro bono, death row inmates raising Eighth Amendment challenges to lethal injection in litigation that has spanned a decade.

Karmini Pillay, Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand School of Law

Cathleen Powell, Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town

Theodore Powers currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Powers was formerly a postdoctoral fellow with the Human Economy Program at the University of Pretoria and an Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Powers’s research analyzes the political economy of HIV/AIDS and public health in post-apartheid South Africa. His recent work has been published in the Journal of Southern African Studies, the Journal of Modern African Studies and Anthropology Southern Africa.

Kameel Premhid, Rhodes Scholar, University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Law

Alistair Price is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches administrative law, delict, contract and jurisprudence.  His research focuses on intersections between public law and the law of obligations, and has been cited by the Constitutional Court on several occasions. He holds law degrees from UCT, Oxford and Cambridge and previously worked as a research clerk to the late former Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa.

Edward Purcell is Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor at New York Law School, where he teaches civil procedure, federal courts, complex litigation, and civil rights law.  He holds a Ph. D in American history from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  In addition to many scholarly articles, he has written Originalism, Federalism, and the American Constitutional Enterprise (Yale 2007), Brandeis and the Progressive Constitution (Yale, 2000), Litigation and Inequality (Oxford, 1992), and The Crisis of Democratic Theory (Kentucky, 1973).  His books and articles have won numerous prizes, and in 2013 he received the “Outstanding Scholar Award” from the American Bar Foundation.

Ngwako Raboshakga is the Pro Bono Coordinator at one the largest law firms in Africa, ENSafrica. He co-ordinates the firm’s Johannesburg office’s pro bono work, which is done by all the firm’s practitioners at its Pro Bono office situated in the very densely-populated and vulnerable Alexandra Township. He has experience as an attorney practising in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law and government arrangements. Ngwako believes in using his legal and other skills to assist in community development. As part of his job, he is involved training community leaders/activists in human rights and constitutional law and promoting constitutional literacy amongst schools in Alexandra. At university, he developed the Wits Law Students Community Development Programme, aimed at providing human rights education and career guidance in under-privileged schools. He also spends much of his time working with the youth of the area where he grew up, through ‘The Rural Development and Education Foundation’, an organisation he co-founded. Ngwako has a long-term interest in academia: research and lecturing. He is also an editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights.              

Bhavna Ramji                     

Edward Ramsamy holds a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School (Rutgers University). He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Durban-Westville South Africa.  He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Africana Studies and member of the graduate faculty of Geography, and the graduate faculty of Urban Planning and Policy Development at the Bloustein School (Rutgers, New Brunswick). He is the author of the book The World Bank and Urban Development: From Projects to Policy (Routledge, 2006).  In addition to his research in international development planning and geographies of globalization, Dr. Ramsamy’s fields of study include the political economy of transition and nation-building in post-colonial/developing societies, as well as the comparative politics of identity and race relations in South Africa and the United States. He has edited The Black Experience in America (with Gayle T. Tate, 2006/2011, Kendall Hunt) and edited the Africa Volume of a 4 volume encyclopedia series on the Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa (Sage, 2012) He has published numerous articles on regional integration in southern Africa, as well as racial, ethnic, and national identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Dr. Ramsamy is a Founding Trustee of the Global Literary Project, Inc. He is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, and the Institute for Research on Women.

Amelia Rawhani is a first generation South African who graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA and Honours in International Relations, followed by an LLB. She is Junior Counsel and became a member of the Johannesburg Bar and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2010, going into her fifth year of practice. Although she has a general civil practice, her particular areas of interest focus on Administrative, Human Rights, Constitutional, Property, Intellectual Property and Public Interest Law. She was recently nominated as Pro Bono Advocate of the year by the Wits Law Clinic, and is the first Baha’i member of the Johannesburg Bar.

Brian Ray, Associate Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Alicia Raymond, Associate Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Sean Redding is Zaphaniah Swift Moore Professor of History at Amherst College. She teaches courses on African history, as well as some comparative history courses. She researches and writes on South African rural history and is currently working on a book-length manuscript on violence in the rural areas of South Africa. Recent articles include, “’Maybe freedom will come from you’: Christian Prophecies and Rumors in the Development of the Revolt in the Transkei, South Africa, 1948-1961,” in Journal of Religion in Africa (2010), and a manuscript that is currently being reviewed for publication, “Women as Diviners and as Christian Converts in Rural South Africa.” She is also an editor of the African Studies Review, the interdisciplinary journal of the African Studies Association.

Brenda Reddix-Smalls, Associate Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Ruthann Robson is Professor of Law & University Distinguished Professor. She has been a visiting scholar at University of Witwatersrand School of Law and University of Cape Town Faculty of Law.  Her most recent book is  Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy (2013).  She is also the author of Sappho Goes to Law School (1998) and Lesbian (Out)Law: Survival Under the Rule of Law (1992), and the editor of the three volume set, International Library of Essays in Sexuality & Law (2011).  She is a frequent commentator on constitutional and sexuality issues and the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog.

Christopher Roederer is Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Florida Coastal School of Law where he has taught Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Law, International Criminal Law, Torts, and various other courses for the past 10 years. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law in South Africa, and was a Fulbright Scholar there in 2012. Prior to joining Florida Coastal Professor Roederer taught Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, the South African Law of Delict and International Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.  He has written extensively on constitutional law, legal theory, delict and torts, and the majority of his scholarship focuses on the intersection of these areas of the law and their role in democracy.

Rebecca Roiphe, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Charmika Samaradiwakera-Wijesundara is a Research and Teaching Associate at the Wits School of Law and is an associated researcher of the Business and Human Rights Department in the Centre for Applied Legal Studies. She completed her articles of clerkship in the Corporate and Commercial Law Department of Edward Nathan Sonnebergs Inc (subsequently ENSafrica) and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She graduated her LLB (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand and was awarded the Law School Endowment Appeal Award by the University of the Witwatersrand. She is an Abe Bailey Fellow and a graduate of the Robben Island Young Leaders Academy.    

Judit Rius Sanjuan currently works as the US Manager & legal Policy Adviser of the Access Campaign for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in New York. The MSF Access Campaign’s purpose is to ensure greater access to, and the development of, life-saving and life prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests, and vaccines for MSF, patients and Ministers of Health in countries where MSF works and beyond.  Prior to joining the MSF Access Campaign, Judit worked at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), providing technical assistance to developing countries on intellectual property law and in negotiations at the World Health Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. In addition, Judit was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School where she co-taught a human rights fact-finding seminar on access to essential medicines in Central America. Judit also worked in the legal departments of an international pharmaceutical company, an information technology consulting firm, and a software company. Judit co-authored the curriculum for the postgraduate course on legal implications of open source software at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She also worked for Intermon-Oxfam Spain, was a legal intern at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and collaborated with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

Barbara Schatz is Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School where she currently directs the Community Enterprise Clinic.  Prior to joining Columbia, she practiced with a large New York City law firm and served as executive director of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, where she administered a pro bono program for 1,800 lawyers and built the organization’s nonprofit and community development practice.  She is Chair of the board of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law and serves on the boards of Human Rights First, which she helped to found; Trickle Up; and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. She has taught and consulted with law faculties in many parts of the world on the creation of clinics, especially those representing non-profits.

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values as well as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.   She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O’Brien Professor of Comparative Law.   Scheppele’s work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress and particularly in the post-Soviet world.

Emily Seawell is a third-year law student at Elon University School of Law, where she is a Leadership Fellow and symposium editor for the Elon Law Review.  Before law school, she studied journalism at the University of Florida and worked for seven years as a newspaper and multimedia editor in Tampa, Fla.  While in law school, she has studied comparative immigration law and South African constitutional law at the University of the Western Cape through Howard University School of Law’s Summer Program in South Africa, and has worked with African refugees and asylum seekers in the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic at Elon University School of Law.  After graduation, she plans to work in human rights law.

Sarah Sephton obtained her law degree from Rhodes University in 1993 and, prior to that, a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Cape Town.  She joined the LRC as a practising attorney in 2000 and was appointed as both a member of the Executive Committee of the LRC National and regional director of the LRC’s Grahamstown office in 2003. During her time at the LRC, Sarah has primarily litigated on the constitutional right to education, successfully securing valuable resources for many schools within the Eastern Cape. In 2000, Sarah led the first successful class action in South Africa, representing  some 100,000 applicants who had had their disability grants unconstitutionally suspended (M.N.Ngxuza & Others v. Permanent Secretary, Dept of Welfare, E Cape Provincial Govt & Another).                

Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science; Henry R. Luce Director, MacMillan Center, Yale University

Steven R. Shapiro, Legal Director, ACLU

William H. Simon is Arthur Levitt Professor of Law at Columbia University and Gertrude and William Saunders Professor of Law Emeritus at Stanford University.  He works on professional responsibility and public policy implementation.  His publications include The Community Economic Development Movement (2005); Toyota Jurisprudence: Legal Theory and Rolling Rule Regimes, in New Governance in the EU and the US (de Burca and Scott ed.s 2006), and Contextualizing Regimes: Institutionalization as a Response to the Limits of Interpretation and Policy Engineering, 110 Michigan Law Review 1265 (2012).

Matliangal V.S. Sirleaf, University of Baltimore

Khulisumuzi Kenneth Sithebe is a candidate attorney at the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria. He was previously an Assistant Researcher at the Institute for International and Comparative Law, University of Pretoria. He obtained his LLB degree at the University of Pretoria. Mr Sithebe has served as Editor for the Pretoria Student Law Review and Editor-in-Chief for AfricLaw. He is currently pursuing his LLM in Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, with a focus on the right to life, accountability and the International Criminal Court.

Nicholas Smith is Assistant Professor of Political Science at CUNY – City College of New York. His main research interests are on the politics of crime, policing, and vigilantism in democratic states. He is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled “Resisting Rights: Vigilantism and the Contradictions of Democratic State Formation in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Based on 18 months of ethnographic and archival research, it asks why South Africa has experienced extraordinarily high rates of vigilantism despite a celebrated transition to democracy, a lauded constitution, and massive transformations of the state’s legal apparatus following apartheid. In addition to this main project, Professor Smith is conducting research on postcolonial party durability, prison memoirs, and qualitative and ethnographic methods. He has received grant and fellowship support from, among other organizations, the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright-Hays.

Ulysses Smith is an attorney in Linklaters’ International Governance and Development Practices, which advise the profit and not-for-profit sectors on issues of governance, including the systems and processes that ensure the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision, and accountability of an organisation. His expertise includes international economic sanctions and international anti-corruption regulations, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ulysses is active in a variety of international legal forums, including serving as chair of the United Nations Committee of the New York City Bar Association and serving on the Association’s Council for International Affairs. He has addressed the UN General Assembly on legal issues related to Western Sahara, and appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of a Guantanamo Bay detainee. Ulysses is a frequent public speaker and a regular contributor on issues of governance, development, and international law.                

Jane Spinak is the Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Professor Spinak has taught child and family advocacy since joining the faculty in 1982 and currently directs the Adolescent Representation Clinic. During the mid-1990s, Professor Spinak served as attorney-in-charge of the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York. She co-chaired a recent New York task force on the future of the Family Court. She currently serves as Chair of the Leadership Council of the Center for Family Representation. Her teaching and scholarship address the complexities of the child welfare, foster care, and family court systems.

Richard Stacey served as Director of Research at the Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law until joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD from New York University’s Institute for Law and Society and bachelors degrees in political theory and law from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He served as law clerk to Justice Kate O’Regan and Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and has taught courses in political theory, constitutional law, administrative law and human rights at the University of Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town and the City University of New York Law School. In 2009 he was a research consultant during Kenya’s constitutional review process and has remained involved in constitutional transitions around the world, providing technical assistance in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Kelly Stone is a lawyer from the United States who works as a research associate in the Access to Information Unit of the South African Human Rights Commission. Kelly received her Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Suffolk University in 2012, and her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and philosophy from Boston College in 2006. In the United States, Kelly’s legal experience focused primarily on refugee and asylum-seeker rights, as well as violence against women and children’s rights. Since arriving in South Africa in 2011, Kelly has worked extensively on issues of gender-based violence, customary law, and women’s substantive equality, and the transformative nature of the right of access to information. Her research interests include the politics of constitutionalism, conceptualisations of human rights, and feminist post-structuralism.               

Ida Susser, Professor, CUNY – Hunter College

Mia Swart coordinates and teaches the LLM programme in international law at the University of Johannesburg. Mia previously worked as Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London and as Assistant Professor of Public International law and Global Justice at Leiden University from which she earned her Ph.D in 2006. Under the supervision of Professor John Dugard and funded by Huygens and Mandela scholarships, she completed a thesis on the topic of Judicial Lawmaking at the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals. She also holds the title of Honorary Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she previously worked as Associate Professor. Her research focuses on transitional justice, international criminal law, and comparative constitutional law. In 2007 and 2009, Mia received a Humboldt research fellowship to do research at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg and at Berlin’s Humboldt University, from which she holds an LL.M. She worked as an intern in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY in 2001, the same year she was admitted as an attorney. She regularly contributes to the media.

Noah Tamarkin is an assistant professor of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. He was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Humanities Forum, and he received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz. His research examines the social and cultural politics of genetics in South Africa, especially in relation to race and citizenship. His most recent article, “Genetic Diaspora: Producing Knowledge of Genes and Jews in Rural South Africa” appeared in the journal Cultural Anthropology in August 2014. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Jewish Blood, African Bones: The Afterlives of Genetic Ancestry.

Ruti Teitel is an internationally recognized authority on international law, international human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law, Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Affiliated Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her path-breaking book, Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), examines the 20th century transitions to democracy in many countries. In 2012, she published Humanity’s Law (OUP, 2012) setting out a paradigm shift in international affairs. Her latest work is Globalizing Transitional Justice (OUP 2014) which explores the last decade in the evolution of the field. Her extensive body of scholarly writing on comparative law, human rights, and constitutionalism is published in many law reviews. She has contributed dozens of book chapters to published volumes relating to law and politics. She also writes on human rights issues for a broader audience, having published in The New York Times, Legal Affairs, and Project Syndicate. She serves on the Board of Editors of Oxford’s International Journal of Transitional Justice, of the Journal, Humanity as well the Editorial Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law.

Tseliso Thipanyane, Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School

Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law; Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Columbia Law School

Karen Tokarz, Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service, Washington University School of Law

Mark Tushnet is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  He is the co-author of four casebooks, including the most widely used casebook on constitutional law, has written numerous books, including a two-volume work on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall and, most recently, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, In the Balance: The Roberts Court and the Future of Constitutional Law, Why the Constitution Matters, and Weak Courts, Strong Rights:  Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Perspective, and has edited several others. He was President of the Association of American Law Schools in 2003.  In 2002 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Shayda Vance is the Director of Legal & Operations at Lawyers against Abuse (LvA), a non-profit organization based in Johannesburg that provides direct legal services to victims and survivors of gender-based violence.  Prior to LvA, Shayda was a foreign law clerk to Justice Sisi Khampepe of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  She holds an AB from Harvard College and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Laura Van den Eynde is a Research Fellow of the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research at the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). She holds a Master of Laws from that University and then completed a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization, in Venice and at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen. She also holds a degree from Stanford Law School which focused on socio-legal studies. Her research analyzes the relationships between civil society organizations and courts. She investigates the influences these organizations have on judicial dialogue and focuses on the European Court of Human Rights, the South African Constitutional Court and the US Supreme Court.

Shanelle van der Berg is a doctoral candidate working within the Socio-economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Group at Stellenbosch University. Her research focuses on the development of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach for the judicial review of State resource allocation decisions that impact on socio-economic rights and the right to just administrative action. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Shanelle was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, before which she obtained her BA and LLB degrees cum laude from Stellenbosch University. She will take up the Mellon Early Research Career Fellowship at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law, in 2015.             

Yana van Leeve, Deputy National Coordinator, Equal Education

Marlese Von Broembsen, University of Cape Town

Ari Waldman, Associate Professor of Law, New York Law School

Rachel Ward is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cape Town whose thesis considers transparency as a cultural phenomenon and as a new discipline. Ward is currently working at the South African Human Rights Commission as the Senior Researcher for Civil and Political Rights and has a BA in English Literature (First) from the University of London, Royal Holloway, and a Masters of Philosophy in Human Rights Law (Distinction) from the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include the politics of transparency, human rights and modern state ethics, and the role of the private sector in the restructuring of society.                        

Sindiso Mnisi Weeks is Assistant Professor in Public Policy of Excluded Populations at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Boston. She previously served as a senior researcher in the Centre for Law and Society, University of Cape Town (UCT), where she worked on the Rural Women’s Action-Research programme combining research, advocacy, and policy work on women, property, and governance/authority under customary law and the Constitution. She also taught African Customary Law as a senior lecturer in UCT’s Department of Private Law. She obtained a doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar; prior to which she was a Constitutional Court clerk to the Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke. In 2013-2014, she held a fellowship at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and worked on a book manuscript on the pursuit of justice and human security in traditional courts and other vernacular dispute management forums by poor women and men living in rural South Africa.

Ian Weinstein joined the Fordham Law Faculty in 1991 and is Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs and Professor of Law.  He also serves as Executive Director of Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc, the not for profit law firm of 15 supervising lawyers and more than 120 legal interns through which many of the Fordham law clinics operate.  He teaches Criminal Law and the Appellate Advocacy Clinic.  He has written on federal criminal practice, federal sentencing law, criminal law, clinical teaching, legal education, and lawyering and is a co-author, with David Binder, Paul Bergman and Paul Tremblay of Lawyers as Counselors, Third Edition. Prof. Weinstein is a graduate of Reed College and received his JD Degree from New York University Law School.  He also holds an LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown Law Center, where he was a Stiller/Prettyman Fellow and served as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender for the Southern District of New York.

Wilmien Wicomb is an attorney in the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resource Centre.  She obtained a Bachelors degree in Drama, Literature and Philosophy, an Honors and a Master degree in Philosophy all from the University of Stellenbosch. She has an LLB degree from UNISA and a LLM from the University of Pretoria. Her practice specialises in issues of African customary law and community governance systems, also as it relates to community rights to natural resources such as land, fishing and other extractives. She is active in both litigation and policy and law reform to further the democratization of rural communities and ensuring the equality of local communities. Her work in this field extends beyond the boundaries of South Africa to Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique. Wilmien has a special interest in the African regional human rights system and has been active in engaging with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right.

David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

Stuart Wilson is executive director of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) []. He is a practicing advocate, and Member of the Johannesburg Bar. Prior to joining the Bar and SERI, Stuart ran the Litigation Unit at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). Stuart has been responsible for litigating many of the leading socio-economic rights cases to come before the courts in recent years. He appears regularly at all levels of the courts system. His practice encompasses constitutional law, administrative law, defamation, property law, labour law and criminal defence work. He has particular expertise in land and housing law. Stuart also writes and publishes on constitutional law, property law and the intersection between law and society. He sits on the Human Rights Committee of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.

Hannah Woolaver is a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town. She teaches public international law and international criminal law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and also supervises postgraduate research in these areas. Prior to coming to UCT, Hannah completed her LLB at the University of Durham, BCL at the University of Oxford, and PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis examined the principle of equality of States in relation to the prohibitions of intervention and the use of force international law, and was supervised by Professor Christine Gray at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Her research interests include international criminal law, and public international law generally, and particularly the law of the use of force, and the relationship between international and domestic law.

Stuart Woolman is Professor of Law and the Elizabeth Bradley Chair of Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Academic Director of the South Africa Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law. He holds degrees in philosophy  – Wesleyan (BA)(Hons), Columbia (MA) — and law — Columbia (JD), Pretoria (PhD). Stu is the author of two monographs — The Selfless Constitution: Experimentalism and Flourishing as Foundations of South Africa’s Basic Law and The Constitution in the Classroom: Law and Education in South Africa, 1994 – 2008 — and the creator, the editor-in-chief and primary author of the 5 volume treatise, Constitutional Law of South Africa and editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Court Review.  He is also the co-author/co-editor of several collections: Constitutional Conversations; The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Is This Seat Taken?; Conversations at the Bar, Bench and Academy about the South African Constitution and The Dignity Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  The subject matter of his 100 odd articles and book chapters cover constitutional law, jurisprudence, legal theory, education policy, AIDs law, intellectual property, development studies,  corporate social responsibility and alternative business models.

Qingliu (Mary) Yang is a second year JD student at Columbia Law School. She graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island with a bachelors in International Relations. This past summer, she interned with the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa, and focused on cases concerning the right to basic education. This year, Mary is coaching an immigration law moot court competition and is a co-chair for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program at Columbia. She will be at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. next year as a summer associate, and hopes to start her legal career in D.C. upon graduation.

Michael Yarbrough is an Assistant Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Michael Yarbrough’s research examines how law shapes people’s ideas about marriage and family, with a special focus on its consequences for hierarchies of race, class, gender, and sexuality. His current book manuscript explores these themes through comparative ethnographic research among two groups recently incorporated into South African marriage law: people living in communities governed by indigenous or “customary” law; and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. His article on the making of these legal expansions is forthcoming in Social Politics, and he has published other work in Qualitative Sociology Review and the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. In its dissertation form, his current project was awarded a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. Yarbrough is currently an Assistant Professor of Law & Society at John Jay College (CUNY), a Research Associate of the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg, and a Board Member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.

Katharine Young is an Associate Professor at Boston College Law School. She completed her S.J.D at Harvard and LL.B at Melbourne, and her fields of expertise include economic and social rights, comparative constitutional law and international human rights law. Professor Young’s recent book, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (OUP, 2012), is published in the Oxford Constitutional Theory series. This monograph tests a theory of economic and social rights against the judicial and extrajudicial developments occurring in South Africa, and includes the comparators of India, Colombia and the United States. Other recent publications have appeared in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Australian Year Book of International Law, and the Yale Journal of International Law.

Steve Zeidman is a Professor and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY School of Law.  He has spent the last 30 years working in the area of criminal defense. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Zeidman is a former supervisor at the Legal Aid Society. He began his teaching career with substantive and clinical courses and has taught at Fordham, Pace, and New York University (where he received the NYU Alumni Association’s Great Teacher Award). Prior to joining the CUNY faculty in 2002, he was Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts, a nonpartisan court reform organization. Professor Zeidman advocates on behalf of indigent defendants in many venues, including as a member of the Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Prisoners’ Legal Services and has also served on several statewide commissions and committees, including the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services, the Jury Project, and the Mayor’s Executive Committee on the Judiciary.

Mary Zulack joined the Columbia faculty in 1990 and co-directs the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic. She was providing civil legal services as an attorney for 20 years before she joined the faculty. She started as a staff attorney with MFY Legal Services on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, then became the Director of Litigation and later the Acting Executive Director of Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services in Brooklyn. After that she was Assistant Attorney-in-Charge and then Attorney-in-Charge of the Harlem Neighborhood Office of The Legal Aid Society. The Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic works closely with state and federal courts, as well as the tribunals of administrative agencies and legal services providers to devise systems through which technology can benefit unrepresented litigants, the tribunal, or attorneys and community groups working to provide high quality legal services. She was awarded the 1996 Leadership Award by the Citywide Task Force on the Housing Court, awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by The Legal Aid Society 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, and was recently a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.