Columbia Law School Visiting Professor Arthur Chaskalson Dies at 81
New York, December 5, 2012—Columbia Law School Visiting Professor Arthur Chaskalson, who was the first president of the South African Constitutional Court and an international champion of human rights, passed away on December 1, at the age of 81. Chaskalson twice spent extended periods of time in Morningside Heights as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, and, over many years, took part in the Law School’s constitutional and human rights programs.
“Retribution cannot be accorded the same weight under our Constitution as the right to life and dignity,” Chaskalson told The New York Times following the decision. “Everyone, including the most abominable of human beings, has a right to life.”