Rubin, Neville Nordau

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Rubin, Neville Nordau

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Like his father, Neville Nordau Rubin (3/12/1935- ) was a lawyer and opponent of apartheid. His activism began as a student, when he was a member and later president of NUSAS. He was a founder member of the underground African Resistance Movement (ARM). He left South Africa in 1963 to pursue his academic career at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He was arrested in Mozambique in 1964, while on a research trip. He was released shortly thereafter, and allowed to return to England. He became a regular broadcaster on BBC programmes dealing with Africa, and wrote and edited extensively on matters of African law and custom. He was a founding member of Friends of Namibia, and served in an advisory capacity to the applicants in World Court cases seeking to end South Africa's occupation of Namibia. He was a leading figure in the International Defence and Aid Fund, and, as legal adviser, was responsible for devising many of the methods by which funds were secretly transferred to South Africa to support and defend victims of apartheid. In 1976 he joined the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and in the years until his retirement from it in 1995 greatly expanded its involvement in southern Africa. After leaving the ILO, Neville Rubin completed editing the 3 500-page Code of International Labour Law. In 1996, he was appointed an honorary professor of law at UCT. He also served as a CCMA commissioner for a brief period between 1997 and 1999.


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