Professor Stu Woolman

Stu Woolman currently holds the positions of Professor of Law and, more recently, the Elizabeth Bradley Chair of Ethics, Governance and Sustainable Development at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also enjoys the title of Academic Director at the South Africa Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law. Stu is the creator, editor-in-chief and primary author of the seminal 5 volume treatise, Constitutional Law of South Africa and creator and editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Court Review. He has penned two highly praised monographs: The Selfless Constitution: Experimentalism and Flourishing as Foundations of South Africa’s Basic Law (2013) and The Constitution in the Classroom: Law and Education in South Africa, 1994 – 2008 (2009). He has published five collections as co-author and co-editor: The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa (2009)(Winner of the 2010 Hindiggh-Currie Award for Best Book); The Dignity Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2013); Is This Seat Taken?: Conversations at the Bar, Bench and Academy about the South African Constitution (2012) and Constitutional Conversations (2008). Read more about Stu Woolman

In over 100 articles and book chapters, Professor Woolman has traversed such varied subject matter as institutional constitutional law, bill of rights analysis, jurisprudence, applied analytic and empirical philosophy, education policy, HIV/AIDs law, consciousness studies, social capital theory, patent thickets, development economics, psychoanalytic theory, international human rights codes, sexual slavery, forced labour, refugee and immigration law, corporate social responsibility and alternative business models. The quality and the importance of his work has received recognition from the National Research Foundation as a B-Rated Internationally Acclaimed and Influential Researcher (2014), from the University of Pretoria as 2007’s Extraordinary University Researcher, and from the University of the Witwatersrand in the form of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Best Researcher under 40 (1996). Stu has worked for the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry into Public Violence and Intimidation and the Centre for Human Rights, and taught at Columbia Law School, the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Business Administration and the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law.

He holds degrees in philosophy – Wesleyan (BA)(Hons), Columbia (MA) — and law — Columbia (JD), Pretoria (PhD).

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Michael Bishop

Advocate Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop is in-house counsel at the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). The LRC is South Africa’s premier public interest law firm, and the CLU is responsible for managing the LRC’s strategic litigation. Michael also has a private practice as an advocate where he does work for government and private parties on a range of constitutional and administrative matters. As an advocate, Michael has appeared in the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Land Claims Court on issues including customary law, education, refugee rights, environmental law, land restitution, gender equality, housing, administrative law and social security. He has a particular passion for issues relating to freedom of expression, equality, administrative justice and parliamentary procedure and education. He was also the complainants’ counsel in the Khayleitsha Policing Commission.
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Prior to joining the LRC, Michael worked in a variety of legal advisory and legal research roles. For two years he clerked for the then Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa. He worked as a legal advisor at Ashira legal Advisors (Pty) Ltd where he advised government at all levels on a variety of public law issues, particularly related to procurement and organizational issues. Michael has also taught constitutional law to LLM students at the University of Pretoria, the University of Cape Town and the National Law University in New Delhi. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Public Law at UCT. Michael is the Managing Editor of the leading text on South African constitutional law, Woolman’s Constitutional Law of South Africa, for which he has also authored several chapters. Together with Jason Brickhill (another editor of the CCR) he authors the constitutional law updates for Juta’s Quarterly Review and the Annual Survey of South African Law. He has written several journal articles and chapters in books on issues related to constitutional law. He recently co-edited A Transformative Justice: Essays in Honour of Pius Langa together with Alistair Price.

Michael holds the following degrees – BA(Law) LLB LLM (Pretoria) LLM (Columbia).

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Cora Hoexter

Professor Cora Hoexter

Cora Hoexter is a Professor in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she teaches public law. Her main research interest is administrative law, on which she has written extensively. She is the author of a leading text on the subject, Administrative Law in South Africa (Juta & Co Ltd, 2 ed 2012).

The judiciary is another research interest, and Cora is the contributing co-editor (with Morné Olivier) of a book entitled The Judiciary in South Africa (Juta & Co Ltd, 2014).

A former member of the South African Law Reform Commission, Cora was Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Survey of South African Law for several years and spent ten years on the editorial team of the South African Law Journal. She is a member of the editorial board of Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law and serves on the advisory board of the Centre for Rights and Justice at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

David Bilchitz

Professor David Bilchitz

David Bilchitz is a Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law 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 from June 2014 until 2018. He was elected a member of the South African Young Academy of Science in 2015. David has a BA (Hons) LLB cum laude from Wits University. He graduated with an MPhil in Philosophy from St John’s College, University of Cambridge in 2001 and with a PhD in law from the same university in 2004. David worked as law clerk to (then) Deputy Judge-President Langa of the South African Constitutional Court in 2000. His book on ‘Poverty and Fundamental Rights: the Justification and Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights’ was published by Oxford University Press in February 2007.
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He also has two co-edited books, one of which – titled ‘Human Rights Obligations for Business: Beyond the Corporate Responsibility to Respect?’ – was published by Cambridge University Press and launched at the United Nations library. As at 31 December 2014, he has published ten book chapters, and over 30 journal articles. He is also on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals including the South African Journal on Human Rights, International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies and the Constitutional Court Review. Prof. Bilchitz’s academic work focuses on the critical role that law plays in protecting the vulnerable within constitutional democracies: his focus is on the field of fundamental rights and, in particular, the content of socio-economic rights, the obligations of business in relation to fundamental rights, the tension between religious freedom and equality, and the rights of animals.

Jason Brickhill

Advocate Jason Brickhill

Jason is the current Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre, a leading public interest law firm in South Africa. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town; tutor in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the University of Oxford; and external examiner (constitutional law) at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has taught and published widely in the field of constitutional law and human rights.

Andrew Konstant

Andrew Konstant

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 was an associate at the commercial firm, Webber Wentzel. He has published several articles in journals including the South African Law Journal and South African Journal on Human Rights.

Franziska Sucker

Dr Franziska Sucker

Dr Franziska Sucker is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Law, Johannesburg since June 2011. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute (WTI), Berne (May-July 2013) and a Visiting Researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights & International Law (SAIFAC), Johannesburg (2009 – 2011). Prior to working in South Africa, Franziska was a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany (2006 – 2010) and a Legal Adviser in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Accra (Ghana) for the Good Governance Programme, Revenue Mobilisation Support (RMS) in 2006. From 2007 to 2012 Franziska was admitted to the German bar and worked as a legal practitioner.

Ngwako Raboshakga

Ngwako Raboshakga

Ngwako Raboshakga is presently the pro bono coordinator ENSafrica’s Johannesburg office where he manages the firm’s admirable pro bono project in Alexandra, one of South Africa’s most vulnerable communities. Of significance in his everyday work is his promotion of human rights education at a community level for community activists and leaders as well as in Alexandra schools.
Ngwako holds an LLB and LLM in public law (with distinction) (University of the Witwatersrand) as well as a certificate on the Advanced Course on Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland). He is an admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. His experience as an attorney includes advising on human rights, constitutional law, administrative law, government arrangements, and various regulatory aspects of law.

Mkhululi Stubbs

Advocate Mkhululi Stubbs

Mkhululi Duncan Stubbs was admitted to the Johannesburg Society of Advocates in December 2013. He holds BA and LLB degrees and an LLM degree in which he studied comparative constitutional law, international trade law and international commercial arbitration.

Prior to becoming an advocate, Mkhululi served as a law clerk to Justice Yacoob at the Constitutional Court. He also completed his articles of clerkship at a large corporate and commercial law firm.

Linette du Toit

Linette du Toit

Linette holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights. She has clerked for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke at the Constitutional Court as well as Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court of Kenya. She is currently a researcher on a SAIFAC project which contemplates the performance of the South African Constitution.


Laurie Ackermann – Constitutional Court Justice Emeritus, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Mary Arden – Justice, Court of Appeal of England & Wales
Danwood Chirwa – Professor, University of Cape Town
Sujit Choudhry – Dean and Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Christian Courtis – Human Rights Officer, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Javier Couso – Professor, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
Stephen Ellmann – Professor, New York Law School
Charles Fombad – Professor, University of Pretoria
Nicole Fritz – Director, Southern African Litigation Centre
Karthy Govender – Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Jack Greenberg – Professor, Columbia University
Michelo Hansungule – Professor, University of Pretoria


Karl Klare – Professor, Northeastern University
Heinz Klug – Professor, University of Wisconsin
Sandy Liebenberg – Professor, Stellenbosch University
Frank Michelman – Professor, Harvard Law School
John Mubangizi – Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Christina Murray – Professor, University of Cape Town
Enyinna Nwauche – Professor, Rivers State University
Catherine O’Regan – Constitutional Court Justice Emeritus, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Theunis Roux – Professor, University of New South Wales
Cheryl Saunders – Professor, University of Melbourne
Dire Tladi – Legal Counsel, South Africa, United Nations
Andre van der Walt – Professor, Stellenbosch University