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South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs to Speak at New York City Bar

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Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754
Christina Bruno
(212) 382-6656


South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs
to Speak at New York City Bar

A long-standing champion of human rights, Justice Albie Sachs sits on one of the most progressive courts in the world, the South African Constitutional Court. He was appointed to that position by President Nelson Mandela in 1994. On Thursday, February 12th, Justice Sachs will speak about the South African experience, the Constitutional Court and his recently publish book: Art and Justice: Artwork of the South African Constitutional Court.

Justice Sachs began his legal career in the 1950s, when as an attorney he defended people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws during the Apartheid era. He was subjected to banning orders restricting his movement and eventually placed in solitary confinement without trial by the security police. After a period of exile in England and Mozambique, Justice Sachs returned to South Africa and served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress and took an active part in the negotiations that led to South Africa’s becoming a constitutional democracy.

When:     Thursday, February 12, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Where:   New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street
Who:       HON. ALBIE SACHS,
Justice, South African Constitutional Court

This event is free and open to the public.


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