A South African citizen, resident in Johannesburg – is a graduate of the universities of Natal (MA in History), Cape Town (LLB), and the Witwatersrand (LLM). He is currently completing his PhD thesis (through the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium), which thesis deals with the origins of African boundary disputes.
He is a qualified attorney of the High Court of South Africa; for seven years, he practised law (specialising in general commercial and labour litigation) with a large Johannesburg Law Firm.
He has extensive academic experience: he lectured history for two years (1987 to 1988); and, since 1997, he has been an academic in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Garth’s areas of interest and expertise are in Public International Law and Jurisprudence. He has, in the past, also lectured on International Trade Law, Labour Law and Legal History.
For ten years (2003 to 2013), he was in the employ of the Pretoria Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Amongst other things, he was responsible for developing relations between the ICRC and universities in the region. He was also responsible for relations between the ICRC and the multilateral organisations based in Southern Africa (including the Southern African Development Community, the Pan African Parliament and NEPAD).
He has travelled extensively in Africa, and has personal knowledge of 16 countries on the continent; some countries he has visited regularly and extensively.
Garth has published widely. Apart from numerous articles dealing, inter alia, with various aspects of Public International Law, he has published a book on The Response of the Catholic Church to Apartheid in South Africa (1989), and has contributed chapters to a number of books. He is the founding editor of the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law, and is a member of the editorial board of a number of other journals.
Garth is married to Caroline de Pelet Abraham; they have three children: Charles, Alexander and Charlotte.