"The Rule of Law & the Constitution in South Africa at Twenty" Justice Edwin Cameron, The Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:10 PM EDT
-- 01:30 PM EDT
Jerome Greene Hall 104
Justice Edwin Cameron has served as a jurist on the South African Constitutional Court since 2009. Cameron is one of South Africa’s most prominent judicial figures, with a long history of human rights activism. President Mandela appointed him an acting judge and later a judge of the South African High Court. In 1999/2000 he served for a year as an Acting Justice at the Constitutional Court. In 2000 he was appointed a Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal. Justice Cameron will discuss his new book Justice: A Personal Account which will be available for purchase at the event.
Prior to acceding to the bench, Justice Cameron was a human rights and labor rights lawyer with a particular focus on HIV/AIDs. An honors graduate student from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, from 1986 Cameron was a human rights lawyer based at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), where he was awarded a personal professorship in law. His practice included labor and employment law; defense of ANC fighters charged with treason; conscientious and religious objection; land tenure and forced removals; and gay and lesbian equality. From 1988 he advised the National Union of Mineworkers on AIDS/HIV issues, and helped draft and negotiate the industry’s first comprehensive AIDS agreement with the Chamber of Mines. While at CALS, he drafted the Charter of Rights on AIDS and HIV, co-founded the AIDS Consortium (a national affiliation of non-governmental organizations working in AIDS), which he chaired for its first three years, and founded and was the first director of the AIDS Law Project. He oversaw the gay and lesbian movement’s submissions to the Kempton Park negotiating process. This, with other work, helped secure the express inclusion of sexual orientation in the South African Constitution.
This event is part of the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Faculty-Student Intellectual Life Series. The event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and the Columbia Outlaws.