Defining tomorrow

Faculty of Law

Avinash Govindjee is a Professor of Law, Head of the Department of Public Law and Deputy Head of the Labour and Social Security Law Unit at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He teaches human rights law at undergraduate level and aspects of social security law at post-graduate level, in addition to promoting doctoral candidates and supervising Masters students in various areas of human rights law.

He is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and also serves the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on a part-time basis as a senior commissioner and specialises in employment equity disputes. As a consultant to the Institute for Social Law and Policy (ISLP), he has been involved in a range of labour and social-security related projects for various government departments and agencies, most recently in relation to the introduction of 'return to work' arrangements in South Africa and Namibia. Avinash, who is an NRF-rated researcher (category C2) and a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), has published widely in South Africa and abroard on themes broadly related to human rights, with specific emphasis on labour, social security and equality law. He has been the NMMU Faculty of Law Researcher of the Year for the past four years. He serves as an editorial member of a number of foreign journals, peer-reviewer for numerous South African journals and external examiner for various law faculties in South Africa. A list of Avinash's publications can be found here. Details relating to recent research on migrant workers can be found here.

Avinash was included in the Mail & Guardian's List of "200 Young South Africans" and the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber's "Top 40 under 40" list during 2013, and was also a finalist in the Titans Building Nations Award for achievement in academia in 2014. He is also a member of Juta's Annual Labour Law Seminar presentation team. Avinash is also editor of LexisNexis' "Introduction to Human Rights Law" and is busy with the second edition of this text, in addition to drafting chapters for international book publications and articles for submission to journals in South Africa. Avinash is also preparing conference presentations for four conferences during 2015.

Interesting facts:

Avinash serves as an independent director of Cricket Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd. As a part-time senior commissioner at the CCMA, he has served as conciliator and arbitrator in a number of interesting labour-related cases including the SABC's "Generations" dispute.

Avinash, an avid golfer, is a member at Goose Valley Golf Club and plays off an 11 handicap. A cricket fanatic, Avinash opened the batting for Grey High School's first XI in 1994 and represented Eastern Province Country Districts at cricket between 1997-1999. The only googlies he now bowls is to his children. Avinash was singles table-tennis champion at Rhodes University in 1999, and mixed-doubles champion and runner-up in the men's doubles at the South African Students Sports Union's (SASSU) tournament the same year.