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September 30, 2017

I had a blessed opportunity of meeting THE Honourable Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC at his chambers (Blackstone Chambers) during my trip in England.

Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC is a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers specialising in public law (including constitutional, administrative, human rights and the design and implementation of national constitutions). He was the inaugural Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law from 2010 – 2015. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London (UCL) – my alma mater – where he was Dean and Head of the Law Faculty and Vice Provost. In 2011 he was knighted (Knight Commander of The Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG)) for services to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Sir Jowell is a Bencher of Middle Temple and holds honorary degrees from a number of universities including Athens, UCL, Ritsumeikan, Cape Town and Paris 2. In 2016 he was awarded the National Order of the Southern Cross by the President of Brazil for his contribution to constitutionalism and the rule of law internationally. Sir Jowell has variously been listed as one of The Time’s 100 most influential lawyers.

Sir Jowell holds a BA, and an LLB from the University of Cape Town. He also holds an MA from the University of Oxford, and an LLM and SJD from Harvard University.

Sir Jowell has held a number of public appointments including Non-Executive Director of the Office of Rail Regulation; Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; Chair of the British Waterways Ombudsman Committee, Chair of the Council of the Institute for Philanthropy, and Trustee of a number of charities. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory committee on Human Rights. Between 2000 – 2011 he was the UK’s member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (“The Venice Commission”).

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It was such an honour meeting him and I am deeply appreciative of him taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with and engage in discussion with a young academic starting out in my career in academia.


Silindile N. Buthelezi



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