Alan Rycroft is a qualified attorney, accredited arbitrator and mediator. Since 1983 he has been a law teacher, initially at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Dean of the Faculty of Law. He moved to UCT in 2009 where he holds the Chair in Commercial Law.
Practising and teaching initially in Maritime Law, he developed an interest in labour law and has published widely in this area. Since 2003 he has been one of the co-organisers of the Annual Labour Law Conference. Arising from his interest in Labour Law is an involvement in dispute resolution. Since 1988 he has been an accredited mediator and arbitrator, initially under the auspices of IMSSA (Independent Mediation Services of South Africa).
Since 1996 he has been a part-time Senior Commissioner, Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). He serves on the panel of arbitrators for the South African Local Government Association. Teaching Conflict Resolution (LLB) Negotiation (LLM) International Arbitration (LLM) Conciliation and Arbitration (LLM)