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January 15, 2019 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Law School, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Lecture Hall 2242 | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Former South African Supreme Couty Justice and long-time human rights activist Albie Sachs will be at Wayne Law discussing Nelson Mandela and his legacy.

Lunch will be provided. 

About Albie Sachs:

At 21, Sachs started practice as an advocate at The Cape Bar in South Africa. The bulk of his work involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws. Sachs was raided by the security police, subjected to banning orders restricting his movement and eventually placed in solitary confinement without trial for two prolonged spells of detention. Sachs went into exile in 1966. After spending 11 years studying and teaching law in England, he worked for another 11 years in Mozambique as a law professor and legal researcher. While in exile, Sachs worked closely with the leader of the African National Congress and helped draft the organization's Code of Conduct and statutes.

He returned to South Africa in 1990 and as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress, took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. After the first democratic election in 1994, Sachs was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court.

Sachs earned an LL.B. and B.A. from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He also is the recipient of 21 honorary degrees.

For more information about this event, please contact Jonathan T. Weinberg at or weinberg@wayne.edu.