Jeremy Sarkin has undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from South Africa, a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a Doctor of Laws degree on comparative and international law from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. He is admitted to practice as attorney in the USA and South Africa. He practiced at the New York bar during 1988 and 1989. He then spent time working at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a Professor of Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He was a member, and was Chairperson-Rapporteur (2009-2012), of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. He served as an acting judge in 2002 and 2003 in South Africa. He served as National Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of South Africa from 1994-1998. He has worked on transitional justice issues on a range of countries including Argentina, Uganda, Zimbabwe, the Maldives, Nepal, Burundi, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Timor-Leste, the DRC, Libya, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Syria, Bahrain, and Lebanon.
He is a co-editor of the book series on Transitional Justice. He is member of a number of journal editorial boards, including “Human Rights Quarterly”, “Human Rights and International Legal Discourse” and the “International Review of Criminal Law”.
He serves on the boards of a number of NGOs, including the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR). He has published several books and articles.
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