Centre for Human Rights Board Members
- Justice Johann Kriegler
An advocate at the Johannesburg Bar for 25 years, prior to becoming a provincial and thereafter appellate judge, Justice Johann Kriegler was appointed a Justice of the Constitutional Court on its foundation in 1994, a position he held until 2002. He headed the Independent Electoral Commission, which ran the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and was instrumental in establishing the permanent electoral commission, which he chaired until 1999. Since then he has participated in numerous national and international judicial missions and has lectured on judicial and electoral matters in numerous countries throughout the world. Justice Kriegler has had a long and close relationship with the Centre for Human Rights where he lectures from time to time to students in the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa programme. He has also served as a judge in the final round of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria and has been a Board Member at the Centre for Human Rights for many years.
- Justice Johann van der Westhuizen
Justice Johann van der Westhuizen has a long association with the University of Pretoria where he was educated. He was appointed a professor in 1980 and in 1986 became the founding director of the Centre for Human Rights, a position he held until 1998. He joined the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court of South Africa in 1999 and was appointed a judge on the Constitutional Court on 1 February 2004. Justice van der Westhuizen was intimately involved in the drafting of South Africa’s final Constitution in 1995 and 1996. He organised several conferences between 1984 and 1994 on human rights and related matters and participated in discussions with the then-banned liberation movements in Dakar, Harare, Lusaka and New York. He has published numerous articles and edited books on legal history, criminal law, jurisprudence and human rights and has lectured and participated in several courses and seminars for new judges and magistrates. Justice van der Westhuizen is an Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, and teaches from time to time in the LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa Programme. He delivered the keynote address at the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2002. He has served as a judge in the final round of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, and has been a Board Member at the Centre for Human Rights for many years.
- Justice Bess Nkabinde
Justice Bess Nkabinde-Mmono is Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa since 2006. She facilitated a discussion on 'The Rights of Minorities within the context of Access to Justice' at the First South Asian Regional Judicial Colloquium on 'Access to Justice' (New-Delhi) which was convened by the Chief Justice BN Kirpal and facilitated by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), International Center for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (Interights) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2002.
- Dr David Padilla
Dr David Padilla is an American Fulbright professor on International Human Rights Law and former legal counsel for the Organization of American States (OAS). He previously served as consultant and Fulbright senior specialist in Asia and Africa. He is also the former Executive Secretary: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
- Ms Sylvia Tamale
Dr Sylvia Tamale is a leading African feminist lawyer and scholar based in Kampala, Uganda. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is the immediate outgoing Dean of Law at Makerere University and has been a visiting professor at several academic institutions around the world. Her latest publication is African Sexualities: A Reader (Pambazuka Press, 2011). She has won several awards for defending the human rights of marginalized groups such as women, sex workers, homosexuals and refugees.
- Mr Edouard Jacot-Guillarmod
Mr Edouard Jaco-Guillarmod is a Chartered Accountant and Partner for 21 years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He was a Member of the firm’s National Policy Board and Executive Management Committee and Chairman of the Pretoria branch. He is also the CEO of the Gauteng Gambling Board and a former member of the National Transport Commission. Currently he is a private consultant mainly acting as an accounting expert witness in litigation matters.