"The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law"
Dean's LectureJanuary 26, 2010Albie Sachs, former South Africa Constitutional Court Justice
chief architect of South Africa’s post-apartheid Constitution, Justice
Sachs was appointed by Nelson Mandela in 1994 to serve on the country’s
newly established Constitutional Court, where he served until his
retirement in 2009. The appointment followed decades of anti-apartheid
activism, during which Sachs was raided by the security police,
subjected to banning orders restricting his movement, and twice
detained in solitary confinement without trial for prolonged periods.
He eventually went into exile, spending eleven years studying and
teaching law in England and another eleven years in Mozambique, where
he worked as a law professor and legal researcher. In 1988, he was the
target of a car bombing by South African security agents, which cost
him his right arm and sight in one eye.
His newest book,
Strange Alchemy of Life and Law
, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2009.