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Making the road by walking: book launch and panel discussion

18 April 2018
17:00 - 12:43

Mandela’s legacy (re)considered:

Historical and current perspectives
on the Chaskalson Court

Date:    Wednesday 18 April 2018
Time:    17:00
Venue:  Merensky Library Auditorium, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

A recent PULP publication, Making the road by walking, considers the contribution of eight of the Judges who served on the Constitutional Court headed by Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, and who were still alive and no longer served on the Court in 2013. They are Justices Ackermann, Goldstone, Kriegler, Mokgoro, O’Regan, Sachs, Skweyiya and Yacoob. They were all appointed by President Nelson Mandela.

Making the road by walking is edited by threemem bers of the Human Sciences Research Council’s Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme (Narnia Bohler-Muller, Michael Cosser and Gary Pienaar).

This book is launched at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (UP), on 18 April 2018, as South Africa and the rest of the world honour the birth-year of the iconic Nelson Mandela 100 years ago.

On this occasion, the editors and some of the authors of chapters on the various Justices will reflect on the character and thinking of these Judges, as concretised in their judgments. In addition, Justice Van der Westhuizen, who served on the
Court between and 2004 and 2016, and Professor Ann Skelton, the Director of the Centre of Child Law, at UP, who often appeared before the Court, will place the Chaskalson Court’s contribution in current perspective, and discuss it in the
light of ongoing challenges to the constitutional project.

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