Professor Avinash Govindjee is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Avinash is Consulting Attorney to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He served the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on a part-time basis (for the most part as a Senior Commissioner) for more than 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 has been a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), was the University’s Faculty of Law Researcher of the Year for five consecutive years before assuming the deanship in 2016. A Professor of Law since 2011, 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 and was a finalist in the Titans – Building Nations Award in the Academic, Education and Training section in 2014. During 2015, he was invited to join the 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 has formed part of the Juta Annual Labour Law Seminar presentation team (along with John Grogan and Puke Maserumule) for the past five years and has recently been elected by the South African Law Deans’ Association (SALDA) as its only representative on the newly established Legal Practice Council of South Africa.
Avinash has recently received a Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) Scholarship, and will be resident in Stellenbosch for short periods of time in 2019 and 2020, to work on a project pertaining to Migration, Vulnerability and Social Protection.