Advisory Board

Judge Johann Kriegler

johann krieglerAfter 25 years at the Johannesburg Bar and 10 on the Bench, Johann Kriegler was appointed a founding justice of the new Constitutional Court in 1994, and served there until 2002.

Over the years Judge Kriegler has participated in a wide range of international missions on behalf of the International Bar Association, the International Commission of Jurists, the United Nations and other agencies. These have dealt with legal and related matters of public concern, such as the independence and training of judges and barristers, problematic elections, and human-rights and rule-of-law issues generally, and have taken him inter alia to East Timor, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Sudan and almost all the subequatorial African countries. In 2008 he led a six-month international review for the African Union of Kenya’s failed 2007 elections, in 2010-11 had nine months as an Electoral Complaints Commissioner in Afghanistan, and spent most of last year in Maldives as a special adviser to the UN.

Professor Tawana Kupe

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Responsible for all matters related to students and staff at the University, Professor Tawana Kupe manages human resources, transformation and student affairs at Wits. He is responsible for the University’s financial affairs and that of all of Wits’ subsidiaries. He assumed this senior executive position in January 2013.

Prior to this, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of Wits for six years, following on his role as Head of the Wits School of Literature and Language Studies, and Head of the Media Studies department. In his capacity as Dean, he conceptualised the Wits Arts an Literature Experience, a major annual arts festival that takes place at Wits annually.

He joined Wits from Rhodes University where he lectured between 1999 and 2001, and where he briefly acted as the head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. However, his academic career began in 1988 at the University of Zimbabwe, where he worked in various capacities.

Kupe holds a BA Honours degree and Masters degree in English from the University of Zimbabwe, as well as a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway.

His background is in media studies, and he is a well-known newspaper and magazine columnist and commentator on issues related to the media. He has edited a book titled Broadcasting Policy and Practice in Africa and has written several book chapters and articles in refereed journals.

Kupe serves on several university committees and is a member of many external editorial boards, media organisations and panels.

Dr. Zonke Majodina    

majodinaMember of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights.

Former commissioner for the SA Human Rights Commission;

Main professional activities:

Member, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, Netherlands
Member of Board of Directors, Human Rights Institute of South Africa
Member of Board of Directors, Centre for Policy Studies, South Africa

Educational background:
BSc Hons, University of South Africa (Psychology)
M.Phil, University of London (Clinical Psychology)
PhD, University of Cape Town (Clinical Psychology)

Ms. Janet Love 

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Janet Love is the national director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in South Africa. As an anti‐apartheid activist, Love was involved in the trade union movement and the ANC before and during ten years spent in exile, and during four years as a member of the ANC underground.

She serves as a commissioner on the South African Human Rights Commission, was involved in the negotiation and drafting of the final Constitution of South Africa, and was a member of the 22‐person Constitutional Committee of the Constitutional Assembly.

Love worked in the South African Reserve Bank for five years as head of strategic analysis and support in the currency department.

Ms. Alice Brown

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Alice L. Brown, international human rights advocate and an expert on the use of the law for the public good, has long experience in civil rights litigation and social justice philanthropy, with an emphasis on institution-building for non-governmental organizations. Ms Brown served nearly two decades of leadership at the Ford Foundation, as a human rights program officer in its New York headquarters and as a program officer, Deputy Representative and then as the Foundation’s Representative for the Office for Southern Africa based in Johannesburg. During this time, she engaged in innovative grant making to support visionaries working on crucial global, regional and national issues in areas including human rights, social justice, constitutionalism and reconciliation, supervising funding programs with cumulative grant making of well over $US100million.

Earlier in her career, Ms Brown spent five years as a litigator and advocate at the renowned NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where she addressed some of the most intractable civil rights problems in the U.S. Her work and publications addressed legal aspects of housing conditions and environmental degradation in African American communities. In recognition of her expertise, Ms Brown was called upon to testify before the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs in hearings focused on public housing and residential lead paint hazards.  Prior to her assignment with LDF, Ms Brown had the honor to serve as a law clerk of the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., a prominent and distinguished U.S. federal court judge, historian and civil rights advocate.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms Brown also serves on boards of Corruption Watch and Section27, one of South Africa’s most respected public interest law firms. She is a member of the advisory committees of the Wits Justice Project and of Lawyers Against Abuse.  She is a former board member of Human Rights Watch, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights and the South Africa – United States Fulbright Commission, and an alumna of Common Purpose South Africa. Currently, she is called upon to research, advise and speak on a broad range of topics including philanthropic giving, good governance, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, public interest law and transformation within the South African legal profession.

Ms Brown is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was named an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow based upon academic performance and a commitment to civil rights and liberties. She holds a BA in History with honors from Dartmouth College and pursued graduate study in African History at Northwestern University. She has been a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, a fellow of the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.