Same Sex Marriage Decision in South Africa

Posted on April 9, 2013

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April 9 , 2013
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The University of Chicago Law School, Courtroom
1111 East 60th Street

Same Sex Marriage Decision in South Africa
WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 4:00p – 5:00p 
The University of Chicago Law School, Courtroom, 1111 East 60th Street 
Justice Albie Sachs started his career in human rights activism at the age of seventeen and became an advocate at twenty one. The bulk of his work involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws. He himself was raided by the security police, and eventually placed in solitary confinement without trial for two prolonged spells of detention. In 1966 he went into exile and spent the next 22 years teaching law in England and Mozambique. In 1988 he was blown up by a bomb placed in his car in Maputo by South African security agents, losing an arm and the sight of an eye. In 1990 he returned to South Africa and as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. After the first democratic election in 1994 he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court.