Dennis Davis

Judge, High Court of Cape Town; Chair, Davis Tax Committee; Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law School
Inequality Project Advisory Board

Dennis Davis is a judge at the High Court of Cape Town, appointed by former South African president Nelson Mandela, as well as Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court of Cape Town, South Africa’s specialized anti-trust tribunal. He teaches constitutional law and tax law at the University of Cape Town, and currently hosts a South African television program on current political and economic issues entitled “Judge For Yourself.” He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Florida, Toronto, Georgetown, and Harvard. Judge Davis’ research interests include constitutional law, socioeconomic rights, and human rights and litigation. He served as a legal advisor on electoral law and federalism to the Constitutional Assembly during the formation of South Africa’s new constitution. Judge Davis has extensively published in academic journals and co-written eight books on a number of legal subjects including Rights and Constitutionalism(Jutas, 1994), Beyond Apartheid (Ravan, 1991), and Detention and Torture in South Africa (St. Martin’s, 1987). Judge Davis earned a BCom and LLB from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.