Professional background and experience:
Peter Harris is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a founding partner of Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys. He holds a BA LLB (Rhodes) LLM (Warwick) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Warwick University and is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR UK) accredited mediator. He focuses on advisory services in commercial law, public law, labour law and dispute resolution. He has managed and facilitated complex and sensitive multi-stakeholder facilitations. His clients include governments, state owned entities and blue chip corporates.
Peter qualified as a mediator and arbitrator in 1986 and has conducted over 1,000 mediations in the labour, commercial and community arena. Peter led the establishment of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration in 1996 and was Chief Director for the Monitoring Directorate of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa in 1994 (responsible for ensuring the freeness and fairness of South Africa’s first democratic election in April 1994).
He is the editor of the publication “Democracy and Deep Rooted Conflict: Options for Negotiators”, foreword by the former Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Kofi Anan (1998).