johan-van-der-merweJohan van der Merwe is a writer for the Rational Standard and a final year LLB student at the University of Pretoria.

Upon completion of his degree he will enter the legal profession as a candidate attorney. While completing his articles of clerkship, he will also pursue a research master’s degree in constitutional law. The topic of his research is the interpretation of constitutions, and its relationship with the rule of law. Topics he likes to engage with are questions surrounding the Constitution and political philosophy, the separation of powers and between church and state, as well as the general public understanding of the law.

His research for his LLB dissertation was a reconciliation between the ideas of democracy in the modern State, and the political power of minority groups in South Africa.

His thoughts and ideas are greatly influenced by the works of Johannes Althusius, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Aristotle, Ayn Rand, and Milton Friedman.

His has a keen interest in law, philosophy and politics, and enjoys reading extensively about these topics. He is also an avid nature enthusiast and enjoys bird watching and traveling, pursuing this interest.