Tladi Marumo is a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) Candidate in International Human Rights Law at the University of Notre Dame. He is a recipient of the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Freestanding Doctoral Abroad Scholarship. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame, Tladi obtained a BA in Political and International Studies, and Legal Theory; and an LLB from Rhodes University, South Africa. He subsequently earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Prospecting and Mining Law from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also holds an LLM in Constitutional Class Action Litigation from Rhodes University, where he also taught as an Andrew W. Mellon Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. In addition to his academic career, Tladi is a South African admitted attorney with extensive experience having practiced at international law firms, Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters), Hogan Lovells, and Norton Rose Fulbright, and as Legal Consultant to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. His expertise and academic interests span mining law; mine and occupational health and safety law; comparative constitutional law; transitional justice mechanisms; mass tort and constitutional class action litigation; and international human rights litigation. Tladi is also a Director of the Good Law Foundation, South Africa, which promotes and advocates for the rule of law, human rights and democracy.
Tladi’s research undertakes a comparative study of mass tort class action litigation arising from occupational exposure causing asbestosis and silicosis in the U.S. and South Africa. He aims to develop procedures to facilitate mass tort class actions as a means of enhancing access to justice and the promotion of corporate accountability in the South African mining industry.