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Staff Profile

Professor Stuart Woolman

QualificationsBA, MA, LLD, JD
Phone 0117178457
Organisational Unit School of Law

S tu Woolman currently holds the positions of Professor of Law and 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).

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.