From the 2009 News Archive
Arthur Chaskalson Speaks at Human Rights Conference
Justice Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa and inaugural President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the lecture "Dignity and Justice for All" on October 23 in the School of Law's Ceremonial Courtroom. Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutional Law Peter E. Quint
offered a response.
View Justice Chaskalson's lecture and Prof. Quint's response.
The lecture opened he law school’s three day International Law Conference Reflecting On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
is the former Chief Justice on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Chaskalson was part of former President Nelson Mandela's defense team in the Rivonia Trial, which saw Mandela sentence to life imprisonment. Since then he served South Africa as a human rights lawyer, helping to establish the Legal Resources Centre, a non-profit organization seeking to use the law to pursue justice and human rights around South Africa. Chaskalson served as the centre's director from 1978 until 1993, and was leading counsel in a number of cases which challenged the implementation of apartheid laws. Appointed by Mandela to be the first President of the Constitutional Court in 1994, he became Chief Justice in 2001.
Justice Chaskalson has participated in conferences and delivered lectures on constitutional issues, human rights, and legal services in South Africa and around the world. He has received numerous awards for his work in the promotion of human rights, and is the joint recipient, with Deputy Chief Justice Pius Langa, of the 2004 Justice Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation. In December 2002 he received the award of Supreme Counselor of the Baobab (gold), a national honor, for his service to the nation in constitutionalism, human rights and democracy.
Posted by James Smith on Oct. 20, 2008