On 12 September 2012, Willem van Genugten, Professor of International Law at the Law School of Tilburg University and Dean of the Hague Institute for Global Justice, will receive a doctorate honoris causa from the North-West University in South-Africa. The honorary doctorate will be conferred on him for his international scholarly work in the field of international law, his empowerment of South-African postgraduate students, and his passion for the promotion of international scholarly relations and for the development of legal research in South-Africa.
After the decline of the Apartheid regime, Prof. Van Genugten first became a guest professor at the University of the North, Thohoyandou, South-Africa, followed by an extraordinary chair in international law at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus. Since 2006, he teaches a crash course in international law in Potchefstroom every year. Prof. Van Genugten also wrote extensively on the rights of African indigenous peoples, with a special emphasis on the interaction between traditional indigenous law, South-African law and international law. One of his articles was published as a lead article by the American Journal of International Law, being one of the top journals in the field of international law.