Prof Hennie Strydom obtained the B Iuris (1977), LLB (1979) and LLM (1981) degrees from the University of the Free State and his LLD from UNISA in 1989. He commenced his academic career in 1983 at the University of the Free State where he was appointed as a senior lecturer in public international law. He became full professor in 1995 and in 2002 he was appointed at the then RAU as professor in public law, with public international law and administrative law as teaching obligations. He is currently the programme leader for the LLM in public international law and also specialises in environmental law and humanitarian law. Prof Strydom has published extensively in these fields of law and is currently the president of the South African Branch of the International Law Association.