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Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights

Speaker: Justice Albie Sachs
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
February 2003

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Albie Sachs is a Justice of the South African Constitutional Court. He started his practice as an Advocate at the Cape Town Bar in 1957 and worked mainly in the civil rights sphere until he was himself twice detained without trial by the Security Police. In 1966 he went into exile in England where he completed a PhD at the University of Sussex and taught in the Law Faculty of the University of Southampton. He was the first Nuffield Fellow of Socio-Legal Studies, at Bedford College, London, and Wolfson College, Cambridge. In 1977 he took up a position as Professor of Law at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. From 1983 onwards he served as Director of Research in the Ministry of Justice. After nearly being killed by a car bomb in 1988, he returned to England.

He is the founding Director of the South Africa Constitution Studies Centre, based initially at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and, from 1992, at the University of the Western Cape. Albie is also an Honorary Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. He took an active part in the negotiations for a new Constitution as a member of the Constitutional Committee of the ANC and of the National Executive of that organisation.

Author of many books on human rights, he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Law by the University of Southampton and the University of York Toronto. He is a British Academy visiting lecturer.