[PAST EVENT] "Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter"

March 30, 2014
3pm - 4pm
Hennage Auditorium - Colonial Williamsburg
The Honorable Albie Sachs, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa (retired), will present "Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter" on March 30, 2014, at the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg at 3:00pm.
This lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception and book signing with Justice Sachs will immediately follow his talk.

Justice Sachs began his law practice at the age of 21 and spent the majority of his time defending people charged under racist apartheid statutes and repressive security laws. Justice Sachs himself was the subject of raids by security police and banning orders restricting his movement, and he was eventually placed in solitary confinement without trial for two extended periods of detention.

In 1966 Justice Sachs was forced into exile. After spending eleven years studying and teaching law in England he returned to Mozambique, where he taught law school for another eleven years. In 1988 South African security agents placed a bomb in his car in Maputo, and in the explosion he lost an arm and sight in one eye.

In 1990 he returned to South Africa, where as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC he took active part in negotiations that led to South Africa's transition to 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.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School, the Reves Center for International Studies, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.