Alex Boraine

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Dr. Alex Boraine (born 1931) is a South African politician. He was born in Cape Town.

Having been ordained as a Methodist minister in 1956, he studied at Rhodes University in South Africa, Oxford University in England, and Drew University in the United States.[1]

In 1970 he was appointed youngest-ever President of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, a position he held until 1972.

He was elected to parliament as an MP for the Progressive Party in 1974. He resigned in 1986 and, together with Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, founded IDASA, which organized the 1987 Dakar Conference with ANC leaders in Dakar, Senegal.[2]

From 1986 to 1995, Dr. Boraine headed two South African nonprofit organizations concerned with ending apartheid and addressing the legacy it left behind.[3]

Boraine was one of the main architects of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 1995, he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to be its deputy chair serving under Chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu from 1996 to 1998.

From 1998 through early 2001, he served as professor of law at New York University and as director of the New York University Law School's Justice in Transition program.

In 2001 Dr. Boraine co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice - an international human rights NGO. He served as ICTJ’s president for three years, and subsequently, the chairperson of ICTJ’s South Africa office.

Alex Boraine has travelled to many countries that are in transition from dictatorship to democracy, at the invitation of governments and NGOs, to share the South African experience.

Boraine is currently a member of Advisory Board of Directors and a Global Visiting Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law's Hauser Global Law School Program.[4]

He has published two books. “A Country Unmasked,” was published by Oxford University Press in November 2000. “A Life in Transition” was published by Struik Publishers in June 5, 2008.


  1. ^ "1999 Dedication - Alexander Boraine & Desmond Tutu", NYU Law
  2. ^ "About Alex Boriane", Random House Struik
  3. ^ "Alex Boriane", International Center for Transitional Justice
  4. ^ "Alex Boriane", International Center for Transitional Justice

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