In 1956, Alex Boraine was ordained as a Methodist minister, he studied at Rhodes University in South Africa, Oxford University in England, and Drew University in the United States.
During 1986, Boraine resigned.
Along with Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, they became the founder IDASA, which organized the 1987 Dakar Conference with ANC leaders in Dakar, Senegal.
He headed two South African nonprofit organizations concerned with ending apartheid and addressing the legacy it left behind, from 1986 to 1995
He was one of the main architects of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
From 1998 until early 2001, he served as professor of law at New York University and as director of the New York University Law School’s Justice in the Transition program.
In 2001 Boraine co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice – an international human rights NGO.
He served as ICTJ’s president for three years, and subsequently, the chairperson of ICTJ’s South Africa office.
Alex Boraine traveled to many countries that are in transition from dictatorship to democracy, at the invitation of governments and NGOs, to share the South African experience.
Boraine was a member of the Advisory Board of Directors and a Global Visiting Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law’s Hauser Global Law School Program.
Boraine published two books. “A Country Unmasked,” was published by Oxford University Press in November 2000.
Boraine work, “A Life in Transition” was published by Struik Publishers in June 5, 2008.
Alex Boraine passed away at 87 years old.