March 3, 2010
Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law
Justice Albie Sachs, original member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and currently visiting professor of human rights at the University of Chicago, delivered a series of lectures this winter that dovetailed with his summer 2009 book, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law (Oxford). (One of those lectures is archived here. We'll post links to other recent lectures if they become available.)
If you haven't read The Strange Alchemy, I highly recommend it. Sachs weaves together personal, political, and doctrinal accounts of the Court's most significant rulings (available in full text here) in his characteristic conversational writing style. This is no abstract theory of constitutional law or human rights; instead, it's a personal and compelling account of judging landmark cases at the dawn of the democratic South Africa. It's excellent reading in its own right, but it will also be a terrific addition to courses on comparative constitutional law, human rights, and even individual rights under the U.S. Constitution.
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