Justice Zak Yacoob of the Constitution Court of South Africa, that nation’s highest court, will meet with UM Carey Law students and faculty to discuss a range of legal issues during a week-long visit to the law school.
The Justice will consider "South Africa: The Road to Democracy" on Tuesday, October 16, and then discuss "South Africa: Socio-Economic Rights and Constitutional Transformation" as part of a legal roundtable on October 24.
Justice Yacoob’s visit is part of a longstanding relationship with the South African legal community that has brought five other justices from the country’s Constitution Court to the law school. As visiting scholars, they have shared unique personal insights about the drafting and evolution of the South African Constitution, considered by many to be one of the most progressive in the world.
In addition to hosting the justices’ visits, the law school places students at the University of Cape Town Law School for a semester and in other South African cities where they pursue externships working for civil or human rights law organizations. In spring 2013, Funmi Ojetay, a 2012 alumnus, will begin a clerkship in Johannesburg for South African Deputy Justice Dikgang Moseneke.