Professor John Dugard

International Human Rights Lawyer
'The US elections and the implications for Palestine and Israel, including factors which may influence the re-calibration of Middle East policies of US allies, including Australia'
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Professor Dugard is an eminent South African international human rights lawyer, renowned for his work as Special Rapporteur to the UN Commission on Human Rights on violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, from 2001-2008. Also for the United Nations, he was a member of the International Law Commission between 1997 and 2011.

He has a distinguished career in the discipline, holding a range of academic positions over 45 years at the universities of Witwartersrand in South Africa, Cambridge in the UK, Leiden in Amsterdam, Duke, California, Berkeley and Pennsylvania in the USA, and was a visiting professor of law at the University of New South Wales in 1991. He was Judge ad hoc on various cases of the International Court of Justice between 2002 and 2016.

Professor Dugard was appointed Chairman of the UN Human Rights Inquiry Commission on the situation of human rights in Palestine following the intifada in 2000. In 2001, he was appointed as Special Rapporteur to the Commission and submitted annual reports and recommendations to the UN concerning the situation of international human rights and humanitarian law. In its first special session in July 2006, the nascent Human Rights Council decided to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission headed by Professor Dugard to report on the situation there.

During the apartheid years in South Africa Professor Dugard directed a human rights advocacy and litigation unit. He participated in the drafting of South Africa’s democratic constitution of 1996.

Professor Dugard has written several books on apartheid, human rights and international law, and has co-authored textbooks on criminal law and procedure and international law. He writes and speaks regularly on the Israel-Palestine conflict.