Tladi is a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) Candidate. His research undertakes a comparative study of U.S. and South African asbestos and silicosis occupational mass tort toxic exposure class action settlements. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and the South African National Research Foundation Doctoral Abroad Scholarship. He holds a BA in Political Studies and International Relations, and Legal Theory, an LLB, and an LLM in Class Action Litigation, from Rhodes University, South Africa. He also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Prospecting and Mining Law from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Tladi is a South African admitted attorney and legal academic. He practiced as an Associate and Senior Associate at international corporate law firms, Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters), Hogan Lovells, and Norton Rose Fulbright, in the Johannesburg offices, specializing in mining, energy, natural resources, mine and occupational health and safety law. He was also a Legal Consultant to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Johannesburg. He taught as an Andrew W. Mellon Lecturer at Rhodes University Faculty of Law, in the areas of commercial law, antitrust law, and the law of principal and agent. Among his publications, he authored the Mine Health and Safety Practical Guidance (LexisNexis, 2017). He was a Director of the Good Law Foundation, which promotes and advocates for the rule of law, human rights and democracy. In recognition of his work, he was named Mail & Guardian 200 Young South African: Law and Justice (2018).
Tladi's JSD dissertation focuses on South Africa’s gold mining industry, specifically the corporate financial implications of future mass tort liability due to the latency of occupational lung diseases which manifest years into the future – the ‘futures problem’ presented by ‘future claimants.’ He studies and provides procedural recommendations on how settlement class actions can provide fair, reasonable and adequate class recovery for mineworker claimants, and global resolution for corporate defendants.