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Roelf Meyer

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Roelf MEYER is a consultant with the Civil Society Initiative of South Africa, an organization whose main aim is to increase public awareness of what individuals and communities can do in order to help themselves. Mr. Meyer is a member of the Strategy Committee of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition at Harvard University, USA. He is also the 2001 chairperson of the Tip O'Neill Chair, a joint program of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. This program focuses on training and research in the field of ethnicity and conflict resolution. From 1979 to 2000, Mr. Meyer was a member of the South African Parliament, and from 1986 to 1991 he was deputy minister for law and order, and subsequently of constitutional development. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Meyer served as the Deputy Minister of Constitutional Affairs and thereafter as the National Party Government's chief negotiator. During this period he negotiated the end of apartheid together with Cyril Ramaphosa, chief negotiator of the African National Congress. Mr. Meyer earned a B.Comm. and LL.B. from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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