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Kader Asmal

Former South African Politician

Born 08-10-1934 in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Deceased 22-06-2011 (76 years old)

Kader Asmal was a South African politician. He had previously served as South Africa's Minister of Education. He also served as the Vice-President of the African Association of International Law and Chairman of the Council of the University of the North. Asmal served as Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of the Western Cape. He passed away in June 2011.

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Previous Position(s)

President | Financial Action Task Force
South Africa | 2005 - 2011

Board Chairman | UCB Committee on Cricket Franchise
South Africa | 2005 - 2011

Chairman | National Assembly | Portfolio Committee on Defence
South Africa | 2004 - 2011

Minister | Education | Government of South Africa
South Africa | 1999 - 2004

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Chairman | World Commission on Dams
1997 - 2001

Vice-Chairman | World Commission on Oceans
1995 - 1998

Chairman | National Disciplinary Committee | African National Congress
South Africa | 1994 - 2011

Member of Parliament | National Assembly | African National Congress
South Africa | 1994 - 2011

Minister | Department of Water Affairs and Forestry | Government of South Africa
South Africa | 1994 - 1999

Member | Council of Union
1992 - 1995

Delegate | Working Group 1 | Convention for a Democratic South Africa
1992 - 1993

Member | National Executive Committee | African National Congress
South Africa | 1991 - 2011

Professor | Human Rights Law | University of the Western Cape
South Africa | 1991 - 1994

Academia, Education and Training

Dean | Faculty of Arts | Trinity College
1980 - 1986

Academia, Education and Training

Founder and Chairman | Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement
1972 - 1990

Chairman | Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement
1963 - 1972

Lecturer | Law | Trinity College
Dublin | 1963 - 1990

Academia, Education and Training

Member Board of Control | Centre for Applied Legal Studies | University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

Academia, Education and Training

Vice-Chairman | Independent World Commission on Oceans
South Africa

Member | Commission for the Emancipation of Women | African National Congress Youth League
South Africa

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Vice-President | Africa Foundation for International Law
South Africa

Educational history


College of Springfield of Education

Completed 1954

Diploma in Teaching


University of Dublin

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University of Queen's, Belfast

Awarded in 1996

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Rhodes University

Awarded in 1997

Honorary Doctor of Laws

University College, Dublin

Completed 1966

Master of Arts

University of Cape Town

Awarded in 1999

Honorary Doctor of Philosophy



Leadership Excellence Award | Black Management Forum

The Order of Luthuli in Silver | The Presidency | 2009

For his immense contribution to the liberation struggle, the South African education system and the environment.

Lifetime Platinum Award | Old Mutual

Honorary LLD | University of the Western Cape

Honorary DTech | Central University of Technology

Honorary LLD | University of Ireland

Stockholm Water Prize | Swedish Water Academy

Honorary DPhil | University of Cape Town

Honorary Fellow | University of London

Flora Conservation Award | Botanical Society of SA

Honorary LLD | University of Dublin

Honorary Member | Water Institute of Southern Africa

AGFA Award for Conservation and the Environ Medalla Rectoral | University of Chile

Honorary LLD | Queen's University

Best Conservation Project: Working for Water Programme | WWF/Green Trust

Gold Medal - South Africa for Conservation | WWF for Nature

Prix: The Advancement of Human Rights | UNESCO



African Association on International Law


National Institute of Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders


Street Law Project


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