David McQuoid-Mason

 David McQuoid-Mason

Author - Lawsa Public Health

Professor David McQuoid-Mason is the author of the Lawsa Public Health title. He holds a BComm (Natal) LLB (Natal) LLM (London) PhD (Natal), is a Professor of Law based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; and an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa; President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association; Visiting Professor of Law, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland; Adjunct Professor of Law, Griffiths University, Brisbane, Australia.


Professor McQuoid-Mason is the founder of the South African Street Law programme; co-founder of the Democracy for All programme; a former President of AULAI; former Director of the Practical Training Course for Candidate Attorneys in Durban; former Chairperson of the Durban Chapter of Lawyers for Human Rights; past President of  the Society Teachers of  Law of Southern African; former member of the Legal Aid Board; member of  the South African Human Rights Commission Section 11 Committee on Access to Justice; member of the Ethics and Human Rights Committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa; and a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Justice Education.


He is a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and was formerly Dean of the Howard College Law School, University of Natal, for 13 years. He began teaching law in 1971.  He specialises in Medical Law, Access to Justice, Legal Aid and Clinical Legal Education. He is Chairperson of the Institute for Professional Legal Training and Street Law South Africa, and Acting Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Professor McQuoid-Mason established the first law clinic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1973, and the first Street Law legal literacy programme in South Africa in 1986.
He has visited more than 129 countries and has facilitated numerous training, curriculum and materials development workshops on Street Law, Human Rights and Democracy in a variety of countries. Professor McQuoid-Mason has delivered over 150 papers at national level and over 200 at international conferences.