"The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law"

Published 27 January 10 02:16 PM | gkp4 
Dean's Lecture
January 26, 2010
Albie Sachs, former South Africa Constitutional Court Justice
A 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, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2009.
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