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Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

January 15, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

(Oxford University Press, 2009)

Friday, January 15, 2010

3:00 – 4:00 (to be followed by a reception)

Faculty of Law, Flavelle House, Room FLB


Should a judge be an instrument of pure, detached reason, or a person imbued with human empathy? Albie Sachs, appointed by Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s first Constitutional Court, which has heard landmark cases dealing with terrorism and torture, social and economic rights, the truth commission, and same sex marriages, argues that reason and passion are inextricably linked in the judicial function. The talk offers a unique insight into the judicial philosophy of one of the world’s most prominent constitutional judges, recounted in Sachs’ recent book The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law (OUP, 2009).

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To be followed by a reception and book signing in the Rowell Room, Flavelle House.


January 15, 2010
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm