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Gideon Basson

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2020

Gideon Basson holds a BA(Law), LLB and LLM (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. He is currently a lecturer and researcher at the HFO Chair in Human Rights Law at Stellenbosch University, Department of Public Law. Gideon’s research interests pertain to the intersections of critical social theory and the law, with a specific interest in intersectional feminist-class, decolonisation and democratic theory alongside constitutional and human rights law. His LLM thesis is entitled “Poverty as ground of unfair discrimination in post-apartheid South Africa” which is a global first of its kind. Gideon is also an artist where his artwork focusses on restitutionary storytelling as a form of visual redress (

Gideon Basson is a 2022 Shaun Johnson Memorial Scholar. Read more about the scholarship .


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