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In Conversation with Albie Sachs, former South African Constitutional Court Judge




8:00 - 10:00 am: Breakfast / Program

We are extremely fortunate to have past South African Constitutional Court Judge, Albie Sachs, join us for a discussion led by Stephen Pincus. Albie Sachs is a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter who defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. He suffered imprisonment in solitary confinement and torture and was forced into exile. A car bomb cost him his right arm and sight of one eye. He returned to South Africa with the release of Nelson Mandela, and his 'soft vengeance' was to see democracy come to pass in South Africa.  

Albie helped write the new South African Constitution and has since served as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court, which for the past 20 years has been ensuring that the rights of all South Africans are afforded protection. The documentary "Soft Vengeance - Albie Sachs and the new South Africa" was released in Canada last year and chronicles Albie’s journey for freedom.

In his award-winning book Law and Alchemy, Albie compares judging to extreme sports, and talks openly about tears, laughter, eureka moments in the bath, dramatic life experiences, and tough judicial calls.

When introducing Albie at Harvard Law School, Dean Martha Minow commented: “I don’t think I’ve had as great an honor since I’ve been Dean as this moment. This is a hero who has written human dignity into the law.”

At this breakfast event, Albie Sachs will talk about South Africa's passage to democracy, his role in the creation and interpretation of South Africa’s new constitution, and some of his unique approaches to judging and the law.

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