Frans Viljoen



Frans Viljoen holds the degrees MA, LLB and LLD from the University of Pretoria, and the degree LLM from Cambridge University. He is a professor in and Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria. His research area is international human rights law, with a focus on the African regional human rights system, which has been established under the auspices of the African Union. He has been involved in advocacy and training on the African regional human rights system, and published widely on international human rights law, including International human rights law in Africa (Oxford University Press, second edition, 2012). He is editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and co-editor of the English and French versions of the African Human Rights Law Reports. He is also the academic coordinator of the LLM (Human Rights and Democratization in Africa), presented by the Centre, in collaboration with twelve partner law faculties across Africa. In 2012, the Centre received the Human Rights Prize of the African Union’s Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.