Geoff Budlender, SC, is an advocate practising in Cape Town, South Africa. He works mainly in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and other aspects of public law. He was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in 1979, and was its National Director from 1994 to 1996. He was then appointed Director General of the Department of Land Affairs during the Mandela administration, a post he held until January 2000. He then rejoined the LRC as Director of its Constitutional Litigation Unit.
Since 1994 he has litigated cases dealing with the death penalty, evictions, HIV/AIDS, housing rights, land rights, access to justice, and the rights of women under customary law. He appears regularly in the Constitutional Court and has acted as a Judge of the High Court of South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He has a strong background in social justice philanthropy and is on the Boards of the Claude Leon Foundation and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.