Judge Johann Kriegler: Chair

After 25 years at the Bar and 10 on the Bench, Johann Kriegler served on the new Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2002. Under the old regime he played an active role in establishing various human-rights and public-interest advocacy bodies and maintains his involvement in various such organisations, as also in the training of judges and advocates at home and abroad. Judge Kriegler chaired the Independent Electoral Commission, which ran the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and subsequently headed South Africa’s first permanent independent electoral agency. He has lectured extensively on judicial and electoral matters on five continents. In recent years various missions for the ICJ, the IBA, the AU, the UN and other agencies have taken him inter alia to Afghanistan, East Timor, Egypt, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan and to more than a dozen countries in subequatorial Africa. Judge Kriegler is an honorary life member of the Johannesburg Bar and an honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn.