UJ’s Prof Mpedi elected as member of the Academy of Science of South Africa

​Prof LG Mpedi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law (UJ), has been elected as member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). “The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was inaugurated in May 1996 by the former President of South Africa and patron of the Academy, Nelson Mandela. ASSAf, in its unique position as the only national science academy that is officially recognised by the South African government through the ASSAf Act (Act 67 of 2001), as amended, aims to provide evidence-based scientific advice on issues of public interest to government and other stakeholders.

The core function of any national science academy is to honour and recognise the country’s most outstanding and celebrated scholars by electing them to Membership of the Academy. ASSAf Members are drawn from the full discipline spectrum. In 2017/2018, ASSAf had 542 Members drawn by self-categorisation from 11 categories. ASSAf is self-perpetuating and new members are elected annually.” More information on this prestigious academy is available on www.assaf.org.za.

According to ASSAf, “membership of the Academy is a great honour, and is in recognition of scholarly achievement. Members are the core asset of the Academy, and give of their time and expertise voluntarily in the service of society.” Prof. Mpedi will attend the ASSAf Awards Ceremony where new members will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at The Capital Hotel – Menlyn Maine.

Prof Mpedi completed his B Juris degree (1996) and LLB degree (1998) at Vista University. In 2001 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon him by the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg). He was twice the recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) award (in 2000 and 2001, for purposes of doing research in Germany for his LLM dissertation and LLD thesis respectively). A National Research Foundation doctoral research award was also granted to him (2002).


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