Judge Yvonne Mokgoro: reformer and respected law practitioner
Judge Yvonne Mokgoro stepped down from the bench as Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2009. She had served in this capacity since the Constitutional Court’s inception until the end of her 15-year term. Her qualifications include a B Juris degree (1982) and Bachelor of Laws (1984) from the University of North West and Master of Law (1987) from the University of Pennsylvania. Judge Mokgoro is also honorary (emeritus) professor of Law at the University of the North, University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, and the University of South Africa.
A number of honours and awards has been bestowed upon Judge Mokgoro. These include the Human Rights Award of the Black Lawyers Association (1995) and the Legal Profession’s Woman Achiever Award of the Centre for Human Rights and the University of Pretoria (2001).
Judge Mokgoro holds membership of the International Women’s Association (Washington DC) and the International Association of Women Judges, the International Federation of Women Lawyers and the South African Women Lawyers Association.