Paul Benjamin is a former Professor at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand with a National Research Foundation B – research rating. He is a prolific legal author and commentator. He is a co-author of South African Labour Law (Juta), the leading commentary on employment law in South Africa. His understanding of the relationship between law and policy has been central to his work in legislative development and drafting. He served on several policy and drafting committees including those that prepared legislation to extend labour law to agricultural and domestic workers. Paul was the principal drafter of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 and has been involved in the drafting of a range of other laws for the Departments of Labour, Minerals and Energy Affairs, Health, Public Service and Administration and Trade and Industry. He was an advisor the Department of Trade and Industry and drafter of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act, 2012.
He has also consulted to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and, in this capacity, has participated in major labour law reform processes in Kenya, Tanzania and Lesotho.
Paul has served as an acting judge in the Labour Court.
He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1977 and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1979, both from the University of Cape Town. He followed this with a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Warwick in 1987.
Paul is ranked by Global Chambers and Partners, an international ranking entity.