Law Faculty Alumna selected for Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Law Faculty extends its congratulations to our alumna, Ms Jana le Roux, who was recently elected as the single representative from South Africa as recipient of the 2018-2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, and is a fully sponsored initiative aimed at mid-career professionals in the public sector, sponsored by the US Department of State. With its aim of enriching Fellows’ professional skills and knowledge, the Program provides Fellows with opportunities to meet and exchange information and share experiences with their American counterparts and Humphrey colleagues from around the world. The culmination of the Fellowship year is a six-week Professional Affiliation work-experience phase, arranged by the Fellows, that sees direct interaction with American organisations and provides opportunities for meeting and working with their American peers. The Institute of International Education (IIE) also facilitates professional enhancement workshops that engage Fellows in cross-disciplinary and multi-regional exchanges, as part of the overall programme.

Ms Le Roux was elected to go on exchange at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (Belgium) in her final year, before graduating in 2003 with her LLB, and completing her LLM in Mercantile Law at the Faculty in 2005.

After completing her articles and being admitted as an attorney at VanderSpuy Cape Town, Ms Le Roux departed as a Senior Associate to commence work in various fields in private practice.

In 2013 she took up her current position, as Principle Legal Advisor to the Executive Mayor, in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Cape Town. Ms Le Roux is responsible for advising the Executive Mayor (together with the Mayoral Committee) on planning appeal matters. Apart from her day-to-day duties, Ms Le Roux advises in urban planning decision-making to enable an inclusionary integrated urban environment aimed at benefitting all of the Cape Town Metropolitan’s citizens. Ms Le Roux is passionate about her role in public service, and says that: “I am honoured and humbled by the Fellowship Award and it is a dream come true for me. I am excited to learn more in the US in order to effect change in the City of Cape Town Municipality”.

The Faculty wishes Ms Le Roux all the best in the Fellowship Program, and celebrates her achievement in being selected for such a highly regarded programme.


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