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JUSTICE ALBERT "ALBIE" SACHS VISIT TO MSU AND CONFERRING OF HONORARY DEGREE

Published: Monday, 21 May 2018
Author: Blessing S Mavima
Department: African Studies Center

  

Justice Sachs was invited and hosted by the MSU Law School and was also supported by the MSU African Studies Center.  According to ASC Director Jamie Monson, "I believe that Justice Albie Sachs -- a lifelong activist and untiring supporter of human rights -- embodies core values held by Michigan State University, values we seek to instill in our students and across our community." 

Justice Sachs is best known for the critical role he played in South Africa's constitutional negotiations and on the South African Constitutional Court, where he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to be a jurist in 1994.  He has written and published widely not only on the subject of law but on many other topics of including human rights and the struggle for freedom in southern Africa.  His most recent book is about the life and legacy of Oliver Tambo, the late President of the African National Congress.  Sachs has also written a widely acclaimed memoir, The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter, published by University of California Press in 2014.

While visiting MSU's campus many faculty and students had the chance to meet with Judge Sachs, from the MSU law school and from the African Studies Community.  In addition, leaders of MSU Library special collections and MATRIX digital archives project showed historical materials that document Justice Sachs rich legacy of activism and jurisprudence.