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Judith February
Executive Officer

Judith February joined FUL as Executive Officer in 2022. She is a lawyer, columnist and author who has worked extensively on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability within the South African context.

Her varied work experience has seen her practise as an attorney, head the South African Governance programme at the Institute for Democracy in Africa and also the Democracy and Governance Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, and serve as a senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies. 

 Judith is also a regular analyst in the media on politics in SA and served on an ad hoc panel to evaluate the effectiveness of South Africa’s Parliament, chaired by Pregs Govender in 2009. In 2009 she was awarded a summer fellowship at the Freeman Spogli Institute for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, California and in 2012 she was awarded a Spring Reagan-Fascell Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC.

Judith is also a CONFLICT DYNAMICS accredited commercial mediator and was also appointed to the Interim Board of Cricket South Africa between October 2020-June 2021 and now serves on the board of the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA). She edits a fortnightly newsletter on law and politics for the Daily Maverick, entitled, ‘Judith’s Prudence’.

Her book, ‘Turning and turning exploring the complexities of South Africa’s democracy’ published by Pan MacMillan is available.