Geoff Budlender was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre "in 1979. He served as Director of the Johannesburg office and Deputy National Director, and as National Director from 1994 to 1996. In 1996 he was appointed Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs. He held that post until January 2000. He then re-joined the LRC, where he was Director of its Constitutional Litigation Unit until the end of 2004. Geoff then went into private practice and currently is still a practising senior counsel at the Cape Town Bar.
"Geoff was one of the founders of the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net). He is currently co-director of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, a London-based philanthropy which supports human rights work in various parts of the world. He has acted as a judge of the High Court of South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town." 
In his student days he was acting President of the anti-apartheid National Union of South African Students.