Professor Thulisile Madonsela, world-renowned advocate for justice, public service and gender equality, to receive honorary LLD from Law Society of Ontario

Posted: 06/20/2019

Thuli MadonselaOn June 25, 2019, the Law Society of Ontario will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to Professor Thulisile (Thuli) Madonsela. The event will take place in the afternoon portion of the Call to the Bar ceremony held in Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Professor Thuli Madonsela obtained her Bachelor of Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987 and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. Since 1987, Professor Madonsela has worked in several government departments, civil society organizations, and academia. She is also the founder of the Thuma Foundation for Democracy Leadership and Literacy.

In October 2009, Madonsela was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term. She was the only full-time commissioner in the South African Law Reform Commission at the time. During her tenure she investigated several high profile cases including the probe into state resources allocated to Zuma’s Nkandla residence upgrade (“Secure in Comfort;” March 19, 2014) and the State Capture report (“State of Capture;” November 2, 2016).

An advocate for gender equality and the advancement of women, as well as broader social justice, Madonsela is a member of South African Women Lawyers Association and Business Women’s Association of South Africa. She has authored and co-authored several publications including books on gender management and gender mainstreaming. Her work has been a game changer on the role and powers of the Public Protector, particularly regarding the enforcement of ethical governance in state affairs. Madonsela was also one of the drafters of South Africa’s current South African constitution in 1994.

Madonsela received international praise for her efficiency and professionalism in her role as Public Protector. A recipient of several awards and honorary LLDs, she was named by Time magazine in 2014 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, commending her as “an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be.”

Professor Madonsela is currently the Chair in Social Justice in the Law Faculty of Stellenbosch University. She is one of six individuals to receive an honorary LLD from the Law Society in June 2019.