Judith February is a lawyer and head of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa's (Idasa) governance programme, the Political Information and Monitoring Service. February studied law at the University of Cape Town where she obtained her BA (Law) and her LLB degrees in 1991 and 1993 respectively. She was admitted as an attorney in 1996 and practised law in Cape Town until 2000, when she obtained her LLM in commercial law from the same university. February has been at Idasa since June 2000 and has worked extensively on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability in the South African context. She is particularly interested in law as a tool for advocacy, the intersection between law and politics, and the development and interpretation of socio-economic rights jurisprudence in the country. February is a regular contributor on local political issues in the media and has been listed in the Financial Mail Little Black Book of 300 black professionals for 2006 and is also listed in the Mail & Guardian's The Book of South African Women, released in December last year. She is the chair of the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection and has a fortnightly column, Between the Lines, in the Cape Times

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