Johan D van der Vyver is a former professor of law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an expert on human rights law and has been involved in the promotion of human rights in South Africa. From 1990 to 1991.
Professor Van der Vyver was the visiting IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. He continued to visit Emory in alternate years to teach courses in international human rights. In 1995, he was appointed as the IT Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory. He also served as a fellow in the Human Rights Programme of the Carter Center from 1995 to 1998. Since January 2010 Professor Van der Vyver has served as an Extraordinary Professor in the University of Pretoria’s Department of Private Law.
He is the author of many books and more than 200 peer reviewed articles, popular notes, chapters in books and book reviews on human rights and a variety of other topics. BCom (1954), LLB( 1956) and BAHons (1965), Potchefstroom University; Doctor Legum, University of Pretoria (1974); Diploma in International and Comparative Law of Human Rights at the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France (1986); Doctor Legum (honoris causa), University of Zululand (1993); Doctor Legum (honoris causa), Potchefstroom University (2003).