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British activist living in South Africa since the 1980s, he initially worked for the Marxist Workers Tendency of the ANC in London and later in South Africa. From the 1990s onwards he then became instrumental and held various position in the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), the AIDS Law Project (ALP), the Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27.
He also completed a Masters degree in African literature at Wits and lectured and wrote on the influences of Shakespeare on African writing and politics in South Africa.
Mark Heywood has written extensively on HIV, human rights and the law, including co-editing the AIDS and the Law Resource Manual and Health & Democracy: A guide to human rights, health law and policy in post-Apartheid South Africa. He has been part of the legal teams of the AIDS Law Project and the Treatment Action Campaign that have been involved in all the major litigation around HIV and human rights in South Africa.