Biography

Johan D. van der Vyver


I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights

Curriculum Vitae



 

Areas of Expertise
International Human Rights, Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Public International Law

Biography

Johan D. van der Vyver is a former professor of law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an expert on human rights law and has been involved in the promotion of human rights in South Africa.

In 1990-91, Professor van der Vyver was the visiting I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory; he continued to visit Emory in alternate years to teach courses in international human rights. In 1995, he was appointed the I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory. He also served as a fellow in the Human Rights Program of The Carter Center from 1995-1998.

He is the author of many books and more than two hundred law review articles, popular notes, chapters in books and book reviews on human rights and a variety of other subject matters.

Education: BCom, 1954, LLB, 1956, Honns BA, 1965, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education; Doctor Legum, University of Pretoria, 1974; Diploma of the International and Comparative Law of Human Rights of the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France), 1986; Doctor Legum (honoris causa) (University of Zululand), 1993; Doctor Legum (honoris causa) (Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education), 2003.

Publications
 
Morality, Human Rights, and Foundation of the Law
54 Emory L.J. 187 2005

 
International Criminal Court and the Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law, The
12 U. Miami Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 57 2004

 
Torture as a Crime under International Law
67 Alb. L. Rev. 427 2003

 
The Right to Self-Determination and Its Enforcement
10 ILSA J. Int'l & Comp. L. 421 2003

 
American Exceptionalism: Human Rights, International Criminal Justice, and National Self-Righteousness
50 Emory L. J. 775 2001

 
National Reconciliation under the Norms of International Law for the New Millennium
2000-2003 Third World Legal Stud. 65 2000

 
National Reconciliation under the Norms of International Law for the New Millennium
2000-2003 Third World Legal Stud. 65 2000

 
Self-Determination of the Peoples of Quebec under International Law
10 J. Transnat'l L. & Pol'y 1 2000

 
State-Sponsored Proselytization: A South African Experience
14 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 779 2000

 
Personal and Territorial Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court
14 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 1 2000

 
National Reconciliation under the Norms of International Law for the New Millennium
2000-2003 Third World Legal Stud. 65 2000

 
Prosecution and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
23 Fordham Int'l L.J. 286 1999

 
Constitutional Perspective of Church-State Relations in South Africa
1999 BYU L. Rev. 635 1999

 
Introduction to the Public Conference Addressing Religious Liberty in the United States
12 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 935 1998

 
Universality and Relativity of Human Rights: American Relativism
4 Buff. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 43 1998

 
The Self-Determination of Minorities and Sphere Sovereignty
90 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 211 1996

 
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