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Judge Dennis Davis

Chairperson


BCom, LLB, LLM

Judge Dennis Davis is the Chairperson of the Tribunal. He previously served as head of the Competition Appeal Court and the Tax Appeal Court. Between 1991 and 1997 he was the Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He held joint appointments at Wits and UCT from 1995 – 1997. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1998 and as President of the Competition Appeal Court in 2000. Since his appointment to the Bench, he has continued to teach constitutional law and tax law at UCT where he is an Honorary Professor of Law.

 

Judge Davis is a member of the Commission of Enquiry into Tax Structure of South Africa and was a Technical Advisor to the Constitutional Assembly where negotiations for South Africa’s interim and final constitutions were formulated and concluded. He hosted a television programme, Future Imperfect, which was an award-winning current affairs programme between 1993-1998.

 

He has been a visiting lecturer/professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Florida, Toronto and Harvard. He holds the following qualifications:  BCom LLB from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.