News Release: Law, People, Politics

Dec. 1,  2009

Van der Vyver Named Extraordinary Professor at University of Pretoria

Johan van der Vyver, I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory University School of Law, has been named an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Van der Vyver's first visit with the University of Pretoria will begin in May 2010.

"It is a great honor to me personally and also to Emory University," says van der Vyver of the visiting professorship. "They've invited me, from time to time, to give lectures at the university, and then out of the blue came this wonderful invitation."

As part of the professorship, van der Vyver will lecture in the Department of Private Law and with the Centre for Human Rights' joint-degree program. He also will assist in the university's work in international and comparative law in Africa. The appointment is for three years, and he will be visiting for two to three months each year.

Van der Vyver is an expert on human rights and international law, and he played an active role in efforts to end apartheid and bring constitutional reform to his native South Africa.

A former professor of law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, van der Vyver recently celebrated his 50th year of law teaching. He has served as a fellow in the Human Rights Program of The Carter Center and currently is a senior fellow at Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

The University of Pretoria is one of the largest universities in South Africa. Its Centre for Human Rights was established by the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law during apartheid. The Centre received the prestigious UNESCO Award for Human Rights Education in 2006 for its African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, established in 1995, and its master of laws degree in human rights, a program with eight other participating African universities.

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