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Avinash Govindjee


  • Arbitration
  • Disciplinary Enquiry
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Training

Avinash is a part-time Senior Commissioner of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He has specialised in labour law since completing his LLB degree at Rhodes and was involved in litigation at the CCMA, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court during his time as a professional assistant and director at Soni Incorporated Attorneys. He is currently a consultant to the firm Burmeister de Lange Soni Incorporated.

In 2001, Avinash was appointed to the full-time faculty at the University of Port Elizabeth and taught labour law at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He is an editorial committee member of the Obiter law journal and, as the deputy head of the Labour and Social Security Law Unit of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, has trained a number of people in these areas of law.

Avinash successfully completed his doctoral thesis in 2005 and was accredited as a part-time Commissioner at the CCMA in 2006. He was appointed as a part-time Senior Commissioner in 2009. He frequently collaborates with the Institute for Social Law and Policy and has worked on projects for, amongst others, the South African Social Security Agency, the Department of Social Development, the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Compensation Commission. He served as Visiting Fellow at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India (NLSIU) during the second half of 2007 and was Visiting Professor at the Indian Law Society Law College, Pune, India during the first half of 2010. He holds a standing Visiting Professorship at NLSIU.

Avinash has enjoyed national, regional and international exposure as a result of conference presentations, the publication of articles and books and the training he has conducted. He is co-editor of Labour Law in Context (Pearson, 2012) and is presently editing a book comparing affirmative action in South Africa and India.

Avinash is based in Port Elizabeth.