Lord Steyn (Johan van Zijl Steyn) received an honorary doctorate in law.
He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship after graduating with BS LLB from the University of Stellenbosch. He studied at University College in Oxford, then returned to South Africa where he joined the Cape Bar.
In 1973 he emigrated to the United Kingdom. In 1985 he was appointed to the ranks of the Commercial Court. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal and shortly thereafter he was appointed a Law Lord and member of the Privy Council. His work, Democracy through Law: Selected speeches and judgments, was recently published.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.