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David Abrahams is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He teaches Statutory Interpretation, International Law and Labour Law (as a service course to non-LLB students) at undergraduate level. He has supervised a number of research students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

David has published nationally and internationally in accredited journals primarily in the field of international humanitarian law (IHL). He has also peer-reviewed a number of articles. He is an external examiner for the University of the Free state. In 2011 David was named the NMMU Faculty of Law Emerging Researcher of the Year, and was cited in the 2011 NMMU Research and Innovation Report. He serves on the editorial board of the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law.

In 2010 he delivered lectures (under the auspices of Streetlaw South Africa, amongst others) at a Human Rights Summer School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In November 2013, days before the onslaught of more armed conflict in South Sudan, he conducted training in the capital city Juba, in international law and IHL with various government ministries, including members of the armed forces of South Sudan. Drawing on his experiences there, his most recent publication on the protection of women against sexual violence in South Sudan, was published in the 2014 edition of the NMMU Faculty of Law in-house journal Obiter.

David is the academic interlocutor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation. Regional issues (from academic and practical perspectives) are annually discussed at the Delegation, where many universities from South Africa and regionally, are represented. The Delegation plays an integral role in reminding parties engaged in armed conflict to respect their obligations in terms of international humanitarian law.

Interesting facts:

David is the chairperson of the Gelvan Eagles Tennis Club. The Club plays a very important role in promoting tennis in the Northern Areas. He can occasionally be seen on the courts playing a social game or two over weekends. Moreover, he loves following the ATP Tour on television as well as making actual visits - he has already been to the US Open and the Monte Carlo Masters Tournament. Formula 1 and the IAAF Diamond League are equally favoured.