Dire Tladi

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Dire Tladiwww.diretladi.com
Born 20 April 1975
Garankua, (Northwest of Pretoria, South Africa)
Alma mater University of Pretoria
Occupation Law Professor

Dire Tladi is a professor of international law at the Department of Public Law and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. He is also extraordinary professor at the Public Law Department of the University of Stellenbosch. He has served as the Principal State Law Adviser for International Law for the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation and Legal Counsellor to the South Africa Mission to the United Nations.[1]

His main academic specializations are in public international law, human rights law, environmental law and international criminal law. On 1 January 2012 he commenced a five-year term as member of the United Nations International Law Commission.[2]


Dire Tladi earned his BLC and LLB degree cum laude from the University of Pretoria, (South Africa), a LLM from the University of Connecticut (USA) and a LLD (International law) from the Erasmus University (Netherlands).[3]

He is currently co-editor in chief of the South African Yearbook of International Law. He has served on the editorial board for the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) journal Constitutional Court Review.[4] He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Practice of International Courts and Tribunals.

In addition to more than 50 scholarly publications, Dire Tladi has also published a novel, Blood in the Sand of Justice, based on a fictional account of the assassination of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Sustainable Development in International Law: An Analysis of Key Enviro-Economic Instruments (2007) PULP ISBN 0-9585097-9-4

Journal Articles

  • Strict Positivism, Moral Arguments, Human Rights and the Security Council: South Africa and the Myanmar Vote (2008 ) ISSN 1609073X
  • Of course humans: a contextual defense of intergenerational equity (2002)



  1. ^ http://sun025.sun.ac.za/portal/page/portal/law/index.english/departments/public_staff_profiles Prof Dire Tladi Retrieved 28 November 2011
  2. ^ http://www.buanews.gov.za/news/11/11112013251001 SA welcomes election of Dr Tladi to Law Commission Retrieved 28 November 2011
  3. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=6003&articleID=9272 Former student elected to serve on the UN International Law Commission Retrieved 28 November 2011
  4. ^ http://www.pulp.up.ac.za/cat_2011_03.html Publications Retrieved 28 November 2011