Lindi Coetzee is a senior lecturer at the Law faculty of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She holds the degrees B Juris LLB LLM and is an admitted advocate of the High Court. She has published numerous research outputs and research manuals on corporate law, insolvency law and human rights and has delivered conference papers at both national and international conferences.
In addition to her position as a senior lecturer, Lindi is the national director of Street Law.Street Law is a non profit company that specialise in presenting participatory legal- human rights and democracy education to the general public. Lindi established the Street Law NMMU outreach program during 1992 at the former University of Port Elizabeth. Lindi was a member of the Street Law delegation that was involved in the successful negotiation for the inclusion of human rights education into the school curriculum. She was the Secretary of the Provincial Learning Area Committee (LAC) for Human and Social Sciences and the chairperson of the Learning Area Committee for Human and Social Sciences in Port Elizabeth’s Western Region. Lindi represented the Human Rights Commission on NSB 09 (National Standards Body) for Health Sciences and Social Services (Structure created in terms of the National Qualifications Framework). She was the deputy chairperson of the NSB09 executive committee and chairperson NSB sub-committee for qualifications and unit standards
Lindi was the female representative for Africa on the Steering Committee for the Global Access to Justice Alliance from 2010 to 2013. She has been actively involved in training and conducting workshops in disadvantaged communities during the last 24 years. Topics included, but was not limited to, Human rights, democracy education, crimes against women and children, HIV, the law and Human rights, other law related topics e.g. Insolvency, law of succession, Education Laws, Family law, domestic violence, Abortion, Consumer law, dealing with children in trouble with the law, South African Constitution.
During 2009 Lindi presented the Human rights and crimes against women and children program on Pitcairn Island on behalf of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association. She also presented a human rights training program in January 2010 for the Commonwealth Legal Education Association on Ascension Island. The latter training was focussed on introducing the provisions of the new Bill of Rights to persons living and working on Ascension. Recently Lindi was appointed by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights to conduct an impact assessment of human rights programs in 30 different countries. She was a member of the Child Justice Reference team of the Department of Justice that advised on the implementation of the Child Justice Act. She has been actively involved in the development of participatory training materials.
Lindi has extensively trained in the formal and informal sector. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications aimed at demystifying the law for the person on the street. She has assisted companies, NGOs, schools, community groups with policy development and capacity building.