Martin van Staden

Libertarian Jurisprudence & Free Market Policy

Rule of Law

Between June 2019 and December 2020, Martin worked for the Free Market Foundation of South Africa (FMF) as its Head of Legal (Policy and Research). He was a legal researcher between January 2017 and June 2019. In this capacity, he Martin worked predominantly in the FMF’s Rule of Law Project, which is chaired by former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, Rex van Schalkwyk. Since January 2021, Martin has been a Legal Fellow at Sakeliga, a free market and constitutionalist-oriented chamber of commerce.

Martin handing over a signed copy of his book to journalist Paul Pereira. Image: Paul Pereira.

In his time at the Rule of Law Project, Martin authored several submissions to the South African government on proposed legislation, such as the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, 2016 and the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill, 2017. Both submissions include Libertarian Legal Theory and an aversion to social engineering, but focus on the Rule of Law.

Martin is the author of the FMF book, The Constitution and the Rule of Law: An Introduction, which was published in February and launched in March 2019. Former judge Van Schalkwyk contributed the foreword.

Martin is also the author of an essay in the book Igniting Liberty: Voices for Freedom Around the World, titled “The Rule of Law as Applied Libertarian Jurisprudence”.