Prof. David Mcquoid-Mason

Prof. David Mcquoid-Mason | South Africa

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Professor David J McQuoid-Mason, B Comm (Natal) LLB (Natal) LLM (London) PhD (Natal), is a Professor of Law based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; Advocate of the High Court of South Africa; President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association; Visiting Professor of Law, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland; Adjunct Professor of Law, Griffiths University, Brisbane, Australia; the founder of the South African Street Law programme; co-founder of the Democracy for All programme; a former President of AULAI; a former Director of the Practical Training Course for Candidate Attorneys in Durban; former Chairperson of the Durban Chapter of Lawyers for Human Rights; past President of the Society Teachers of Law of Southern African; former member of the Legal Aid Board; member of the South African Human Rights Commission Section 11 Committee on Access to Justice; member of the Ethics and Human Rights Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa; member of the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Justice Education.

He is a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and was formerly Dean of the Howard College Law School, University of Natal, for 13 years. He began teaching law in 1971. He taught LLB courses in Delict, Succession, Medical Law and aspects of Human Rights Law, Legal Aid and Street Law, and presently co-teaches in an LLB course in Clinical Law. He also taught LLM courses in Law and Medical Practice, Consumer Law and aspects of Human Rights Litigation. He still teaches a course on Law and Medicl Practice for LLM students and, a course in Alternate Dispute Resolution at the Practical Training School for Candidate Attorneys. He specializes in Medical Law, Access to Justice, Legal Aid and Legal Education. He is Chairperson of the Institute for Professional Legal Training and Street Law South Africa, and Acting Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He established the first law clinic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1973, and the first Street Law legal literacy programme in South Africa in 1986. He has conducted clinical legal education training programmes for law teachers and clinicians in South Africa, West Africa and East Africa. He has taught in continuing legal education courses for the legal profession (attorneys, advocates, judges and academics) throughout South Africa, and in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Namibia. He has been a member of the International Bar Association’s continuing legal education panel for developing countries and has taught negotiation and mediation skills to law teachers, legal practitioners and paralegals in Southern, Central, East and West Africa.

He has visited more than 130 countries and has facilitated in numerous training, curriculum and materials development workshops on Street Law, Human Rights and Democracy in a variety of countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Morocco, Egypt, Dubai, Qatar, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia, Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Turkey, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vanuatu, Australia, Fiji, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Jamaica, Argentina, Peru and Russia. In this regard he has worked with Street Law Inc., the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, NORAD, DANIDA, the Commonwealth Secretariat and other organisations. He acted as an International Scholar in the Academic Fellowship Programme to develop law curricula and teaching methods for Moldova for 2009-2013, and Armenia for 2014-2015.

He has helped to draft legal aid legislation for Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Kenya; has advised on the setting up and improving of legal aid schemes in Lithuania, Kyrghyzstan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Moldova, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Somaliland (Somalia), Myanmar (Burma), Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Nigeria; trained paralegals in South Africa, Mongolia and Malawi; helped to develop paralegal advice offices and materials for Sierra Leone, Malawi, Mongolia, Moldova, Cambodia and Indonesia; provided professional legal training in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and Ghana and clinical legal education training for the United Kingdom, Australia, Nigeria, Uganda, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Pakistan and Afghanistan; and conducted medico-legal workshops for Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and for Iraqi doctors in Kuwait. He has hosted legal aid, clinical legal education and paralegal Study Visits to South Africa from Lithuania, Kyrghyzstan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Mongolia, Moldova, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Fiji, Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Somalia (Somaliland).

More recently he was a member of the team of International Legal Aid Experts for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that drafted the Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems (2013), the Early access to legal aid in criminal justice processes:a handbook for policy makers and practitioners (2014) that goes with it, and the United Nations Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings which he had initiated.