Prof. Barney Jordaan

Prof. Barney Jordaan holds a BA (Law) LLB (cum laude) and Doctorate in law from Stellenbosch University, South Africa and was admitted to legal practice in 1982. He was appointed in 1983 as senior lecturer in law at the same university teaching contract law, intellectual property law and employment law. He was promoted to full professor of law in 1990, a position he held until 1997, when he entered practice as a specialist in the areas of employment relations, negotiation, mediation and conflict management. He is currently professor extraordinaire at the Graduate School of Business of Stellenbosch University (USB) where he teaches negotiation, conflict management and mediation on the MBA and executive education programmes. He is also teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town. At the USB he heads up the school’s Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement. The Centre is an African hub for academic research, development and teaching of dispute settlement theory and practice. One of its main activities is the training of civil / commercial mediators. Barney also holds appointments at Vlerick Business School in Belgium and the University of Nova Garcia in Slovenia.


Apart from his academic involvement, Barney is a director and co-founder of Maserumule Consulting, Learning & Organisational Growth, a leading South African consulting firm with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He advises clients on negotiation strategy and preparation, business re-organisation and restructuring, employment law and employment relations, conflict prevention and resolution, and collaborative business practice. His clients span several industries, including media, insurance, retail, mining, shipping, fishing, banking and telecommunications. He has published widely and is co-author of a number of leading academic and other works.


He is a senior arbitrator and mediator, having been involved in ADR since 1987. He is certified by the International Mediation Institute in the Hague and the ADR Group (UK) as commercial mediator of international standing. Since May 2011 he acts as external consultant to the World Bank Group’s Office of Mediation Services. He is listed in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Who’s Who Legal (Commercial Mediators) of the International Bar Association, one of five in South Africa. He is regional representative of the International Bar Association’s Mediation committee, board member of the African Mediation Association and sub-Saharan representative of the International Association for Conflict Management.