Professor Emeritus Hugh Corder

Professor Emeritus Hugh Corder has served as a member of the UCT Trust Board of Trustees since 2010.  He graduated from UCT with a BCom/LLB in the 1970s, after which he completed the LLB degree at Cambridge and went on to the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship to earn his doctorate in 1982. He started his academic career at the Faculty of Law at the University of Stellenbosch, returning to UCT as the Professor of Public Law from mid-1987. He served as the Dean of Law from 1999 to 2008, and as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCT in 2016 and 2017. He was elected as a Fellow of the University in 2004, retired at the end of 2019, and subsequently held the Interim Director position of UCT’s GSB from January to August 2020.

Hugh has been widely involved in community work since his student days, concentrating on popular legal education, human rights and the abolition of the death penalty. He served as a technical adviser in the drafting of the transitional Bill of Rights for South Africa in 1993. He has written two books, co-authored two, and edited a further ten, and has published many articles and chapters in books. He remains active in many ways in the establishment and advancement of constitutionalism in South Africa and Commonwealth Africa.

“I am strongly committed to high quality tertiary education, which UCT provides, as is evident from the ease with which her graduates take their places both in postgraduate study and employment at the highest level all over the world. The Trust plays an indispensable role in raising funds to maintain the highest quality of teaching and research at UCT and in building strong bonds between its British-based alumni and the University.”