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Biography of Albie SACHS

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Born on 30/01/1935 (format : day/month/year)

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Albie Sachs (b. January 30, 1935) is a South African, renowned human rights and anti-apartheid activist and Justice of the South Africa Constitutional Court. "Albie Sachs is known around the world as a courageous and committed defender of human rights,

.Nearly killed in 1988 after an assassination attempt by South African agents of the apartheid regime, Albie Sachs not only survived he triumphed and never lost his passion for justice or for his country. Appointed in 1994 by President Nelson Mandela, Justice Sachs is a vital member of the South African Constitutional Court.

Albie Sachs is also a prolific author of many books on human rights. He's  writing about law and legal/civil/human rights issues, with interests in the environment, issues of gender, and arts and architecture. 

Albie (Albert Louis) Sachs, obtained his BA and LL.B degrees at the University of Cape Town where he was arrested for taking part in Passive Resistance Campaigns. He started practicing as an Advocate at the Cape Town Bar in 1957 working mainly in the civil rights sphere until his detentions without trial by the Security Police. In 1966 he went into exile in England where he completed a Ph.D at the University of Sussex and taught in the Law Faculty of the University of Southampton . He was the first Nuffield Fellow of Socio-Legal Studies, at Bedford College , London , and Wolfson College, Cambridge. In 1977 he accepted the position as Professor of Law at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, and from 1983 served as Director of Research in the Ministry of Justice until his attempted assassination by South African security agents in 1988, when he returned to England. Albie Sachs became the founding Director of the South Africa Constitution Studies Centre, which moved in 1992 to the University of the Western Cape where he was made Professor Extraordinary and appointed Honorary Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. As an active member of the Constitutional Committee of the ANC he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to the newly established Constitutional Court. Judge Sachs has written extensively on culture, gender rights and the environment. His book The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs  was dramatised for the Royal Shakespeare Company and broadcast by the BBC. Another autobiographical book, The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter , which deals with his recovery from the car bomb and eventual appointment to the Constitutional Court , is presently being dramatised for film. Times Educational Supplement  wrote “Sachs has written a highly personal and sensually explicit odyssey concerning his own damaged body at the same time as writing a book imbued with apparently undaunted idealism concerning his damaged mother-country South Africa.” His new manuscript, due to be published in June 2004, provisionally titled The Free Diary of Albie Sachs, deals with how much, as a judge, he can reveal of his inner self.



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