Sunday, December 28, 2008

South Africa Constitutional Court appointment

Thumbnail Edwin Cameron, has been appointed to the South Africa Constitutional Court.   

As South Africa's Sunday Times describes him in an article confirming his recommendation yesterday here:

Judge Cameron, currently a Supreme Court of Appeals judge, is one of South Africa’s most prominent people living with HIV and was a vocal critic of Thabo Mbeki’s Aids denialism. His book, Witness to Aids, contains a scathing critique of Mbeki’s Aids policies, which earned him a snub by Mbeki the last time the JSC recommended him for the job.

Another SA news source confirms the appointment today here, and SA con law prof Pierre de Vos confirmed the appointment on his blog, Constitutionally Speaking here.

Cameron's role as an outstanding jurist in SA was recently the topic of a symposium, Judges and the world: A symposium in celebration of the work of Edwin Cameron, held at the Oliver Schreiner School of Law, University of Witswatersrand, and organized by Angelo Pantazis (Head of School) and Marius Pieterse (whose work was a Saturday Evening Review feature here).  A description of the conference is here.

As an openly gay man serving on his nation's highest court, Cameron is not a first; that distinction seems to belong to Justice Michael Kirby of Australia's High Court, appointed in 1996, although he did not publicly announce his sexuality until 1999, wikipedia bio available here.


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