International Advisory Board

Sir Sydney Kentridge KCMG KC

Sydney Kentridge was initially a member of the Johannesburg Bar: a highly successful general practice included several significant political matters — inter alia the Sharpeville


Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele has been a student activist, a medical doctor, a community development activist, a researcher, a university executive, a director of companies, a party-politician


Justice Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge.  He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Chairman


The recent high rate of attrition among members of the International Advisory Board has reduced its membership considerably. Previously only two members had been lost – in 2009 Cyril Ramaphosa, now South Africa’s President and the Board’s Founding Chair, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Steyn, PC, died in 2017.

In the last few years have seen the loss of Judge Nathaniel R. Jones (1926-2020), Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. (1935-2021), The Hon. Soli Sorabjee, SC (1930-2021) and Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931- 2021).

While mourning all these remarkable individuals, Freedom Under Law remains grateful for their willing support so generously given. In good times and bad, it has been heartening to be able to rely on their encouragement. In January 2024 FUL was honoured to welcome  two internationally regarded retired judges, each known in particular for speaking out on the rule of law, judicial independence and the protection of human rights by both international law instruments and domestic constitutions as members of its International Advisory Board. They are former Chief Justice Anthony Gubbay of Zimbabwe and Justice Michael Kirby of Australia.