Adriette Dekker is a professor in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of South Africa. She has completed her LLB at the University of Pretoria and her LLM at the University of South Africa. She also completed her LLD degree at the University of South Africa (in 2005) on the topic of informal social security law. Adriette is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary of the High Court of South Africa. She practised as attorney at Van der Merwe Du Toit for more than 5 years. She joined academia in 2000 when she was appointed as coordinator for the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (at the then RAU, currently the University of Johannesburg). She joined UNISA in 2003 where she currently teaches labour and social security law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2009 she has also qualified as an NRF-rated researcher. As expert in the field she has presented a number of papers at international and national conferences. She publishes widely in the field of labour and social security law and has also acted as co-author of a number of textbooks in this field. She is actively involved in project management training. Adriette is married to Johan and has three children: Laetitia (9), Tertius (6) and Isabelle (5).