Martin van Staden

Executive Committee and Rule of Law Board of Advisors member, Free Market Foundation

Martin van Staden is a member of the Executive Committee and the Rule of Law Board of Advisors of the Free Market Foundation (FMF), where he also previously served as the Head of Legal (Policy and Research). Mr. van Staden additionally works as Legal Fellow at the independent business community, Sakeliga, and South African Policy Fellow at the Consumer Choice Center. He has a Master of Laws (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, where at the time of writing he was also pursuing a Doctor of Laws. Mr. van Staden serves on the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations and the Board of Advisors of BridgeAfrica. He is author of The Constitution and the Rule of Law: An Introduction (FMF, 2019), and primary editor of Security of Property Rights in South Africa: A Critical Response to Expropriation without Compensation (FMF, 2020), among other books. His research has appeared in, and been accepted for publication by, among others, the Fraser Institute’s Econ Journal Watch (September 2019) and the Cato Institute’s Cato Journal (September 2021).

Recent Research by Martin van Staden

— Sep 14, 2021
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report

Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government, legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year's report, which compares 165 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one—although China's heavy hand will likely lower Hong Kong's ranking in future years—and Canada (14th) trails the United States (6th).