Human rights activist and former South African Justice Albert "Albie" Louis Sachs returns to UCI Law for a special guest lecture.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online to ensure a seat.
Justice Sachs was a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was appointed to the court by Nelson Mandela in 1994 and retired in October 2009. Justice Sachs gained international attention in 2005 as the author of the Court's holding in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v. Fourie, in which the Court overthrew South Africa's statute defining marriage to be between one man and one woman as a violation of the Constitution's general mandate for equal protection for all and its specific mandate against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
During the 1980s, working closely with Oliver Tambo, leader of the African National Congress in exile, Sachs helped draft the organization's Code of conduct, as well as its statues. After recovering from a car bomb attack in 1988, in which he lost an arm and the sight in one eye, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. In 1990, he returned home, 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 to the new Constitutional Court.