ALICE Colloquium_Panel IV: [17] Albie Sachs

Albie Sachs was judge at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and is a human rights activist. He obtained a degree in law from the University of Cape Town and PhD from the University of Sussex. He began his law practice defending citizens accused under the racial laws and security laws that prevailed during Apartheid. Later, after being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for five months for his work with the liberation movement, Albie Sachs was exiled in England and later in Mozambique. In 1988, in Maputo, he lost an arm and sight in one eye following the explosion of a bomb placed in his car by Apartheid agents. After the explosion, he devoted himself to the construction of a democratic constitution for South Africa. Sachs returned to his native country and joined the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive Committee of the ANC. He was appointed to the Constitutional Court by Nelson Mandela in 1994 and retired in 2009. Among his widely known books are The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law (Oxford University Press, 2010) e The soft vengeance of a freedom fighter (California University Press, 1990), awarded with the Alan Paton Prize.