is a member of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority from 2017 to 2021.
Thembile Joyini is a member of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority from 2017 to 2021.
His academic and professional qualifications include five degrees, namely LLM, University of South Africa (2007); LLM, University of South Africa (2000); LLB, Walter Sisulu University (1995); B Juris, Walter Sisulu University (1992) and BA, University of South Africa (1989). In 2007 he was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
He served as Principal State Law Adviser (International Law) in the Office of the Chief State Law Adviser (International Law), Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, from 2008 to 2013. Since January 2013 to date he has served as Legal Counsellor at the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) in New York.
He led the South African delegation and spoke and negotiated on behalf of the African Group as a Coordinator of the Group during the first session of the Preparatory Committee established by General Assembly Resolution 69/292 on “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction”, held in New York from 28 March to 8 April 2016.