Professor Sandra Liebenberg awarded a Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Award

Chancellor's award

Recipients of the Chancellor’s Award at the graduation ceremony, Profs Sandra Liebenberg and Jan du Toit (centre), with the Acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen (left) and Chancellor, Dr Johann Rupert (right). Photo: Anton Jordaan

On 12 December 2014, Professor Sandra Liebenberg was awarded the Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Award – the highest award that the University bestows on members of staff – during the final graduation ceremony of 2014. The award recognised Professor Liebenberg’s leading role in promoting social justice in South Africa through her research, teaching and community engagement. In presenting the commendatio for the award to Professor Liebenberg, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Sonia Human, stated:

“Professor Sandra Liebenberg has made an exceptional contribution and is an internationally acclaimed scholar in the field of socio-economic rights. Her field of study, expertise and engagement include the crucial areas of housing, healthcare, food, water, social security and education. Professor Liebenberg’s community interaction work has spanned a wide range of issues, namely dealing with public interest litigation, supporting campaigns of non-governmental organisations, and advising parliament and government on the implementation of socioeconomic rights through laws and policies. She is also an active contributor to public debate on the role of these rights in combatting poverty and inequality in South Africa. Her work is a model of how community interaction – a core pillar of academic citizenship – complements and enriches research and teaching.”

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