Alex Boraine founded the International Center for Transitional Justice and served as president for three years. In June 2004, he returned to South Africa and took over as chairperson. From 1998 through early 2001, he served as professor of law at New York University and as director of the New York University Law School's Justice in Transition program.
In 1995, Dr. Boraine was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to be deputy chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, serving under Chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He held this post until 1998.
From 1986 to 1995, Dr. Boraine headed two South African nonprofit organizations concerned with ending apartheid and addressing its legacy. He was a member of the South African Parliament from 1974 to 1986, and served as president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa from 1970 to 1972, having been ordained as a Methodist minister in 1956.
Dr. Boraine holds degrees from Rhodes University in South Africa, Oxford University in England, and Drew University in the United States, as well as six honorary doctorates from universities around the world. His most recent book, A Country Unmasked, was published by Oxford University Press in November 2000. In October 2000, he was awarded the President's Medal for Human Rights in Italy.
Dr. Boraine is currently a Global Visiting Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law's Hauser Global Law School Program.