South Africa welcomes election of Dr Tladi to the International Law Commission

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana–Mashabane has today, Friday, 18 November 2011, extended South Africa’s heartfelt congratulations to the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations (UN) on the work it undertook to support Dr Dire Tladi’s successful candidature to the International Law Commission.

The election, which took place at the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, 17 November 2011, saw South Africa receive 150 votes out of the 193 member states of the UN.

Dr Tladi joins other illustrious South Africans in the legal fraternity who serve in their personal capacities in UN agencies and other multilateral bodies.

Dr Tladi, a legal adviser attached to the South African Mission to the UN and an official of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, has represented South Africa in a variety of areas of international law, including human rights and humanitarian law, environmental law, international criminal law, diplomatic law, as well as boundary negotiations.

An accomplished academic whose experience has transcended three continents, (South Africa, United States and the Netherlands), Dr Tladi continues to maintain his connection with academia by serving as Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Stellenbosch and is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria.

Dr Tladi begins his five-year term in the International Law Commission on 01 January 2012.

For more information, contact Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation

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18 November 2011
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