SOUTH AFRICAN POLICY FELLOW
Martin van Staden is an author, jurist, and policy commentator active in South Africa. He is a South African Policy Fellow with the Consumer Choice Center.
Martin has been involved in the Free Market Foundation (FMF) since 2017, currently serving as Head of Policy and Deputy Chair of its Executive Committee. While at the FMF, Martin has authored two books: The Constitution and the Rule of Law: An Introduction (2019) and The Real Digital Divide (with Neil Emerick, 2017). He has presented evidence to Parliament and deposed amicus curiae briefs in the Constitutional Court.
His writings are published widely in the popular media and he regularly appears on South Africa’s television and radio channels. Martin’s research has appeared in the Cato Journal and the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World annual report, among others.
He is the Chief Advisor for Legal Policy on BridgeAfrica’s Board of Advisors, and Editor of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR)’s Race Law Project. The IRR is Africa’s oldest classical liberal think tank (founded in 1929). Martin was on the African Executive Board of Students For Liberty between August 2015 and August 2018, and was a Young Voices Advocate between May 2017 and March 2018.
Martin has a Master of Laws with distinction from the University of Pretoria, and is pursuing a doctorate in law at the same institution.