Avinash Govindjee

Professor Avinash Govindjee is Executive Dean at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. Avinash is Consulting Attorney to the firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He has served the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on a part-time basis as a Senior Commissioner for almost a decade. As a consultant to the International Institute for Social Law and Policy (IISLP), he has been involved in a range of labour and social security-related projects for various government departments and agencies in SADC, most recently in relation to the introduction of return to work arrangements in South Africa and Namibia. Avinash, who is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher (category C2) and a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), was the NMMU Faculty of Law Researcher of the Year for five consecutive years before assuming the deanship. He 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. During 2015, he was invited to join the prestigious African Leadership Network, a community of leaders working to create change in Africa and his alma mater, Rhodes University, selected him to receive the Emerging Old Rhodian Award. Avinash forms part of the Juta Annual Labour Law Seminar presentation team, along with John Grogan and Puke Maserumule.