Professor Theo Broodryk, Associate Professor of Law, was recently awarded the prestigious Georg Forster Fellowship Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
The Georg Forster Research Award is granted to academics of all disciplines in recognition of a researcher's achievements to date, including material findings, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges developing countries. Award winners are invited to conduct a research project of their own choosing in Germany in close collaboration with a specialist colleague. The award amount totals €60,000.
Broodryk will conduct his research in cooperation with specialist colleagues at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. “I am extremely grateful and proud to have been awarded the fellowship. It provides an opportunity to conduct further research regarding the South African class action mechanism and the important role it fulfils in facilitating access to justice, specifically in relation to consumer disputes. The comparative perspective may prove to be beneficial in respect of the continued development of the framework within which the South African class action mechanism operates".
Broodryk is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a Y1 NRF rated researcher and the author of Eckard's Principles of Civil Procedure in the Magistrates' Court. He is a Senior Researcher at the Ius Commune Research School in the programme 'Foundations and Principles of Civil Procedure in Europe' and a Beaufort (Colenso) Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge.