Arthur Chaskalson: leading the way

SOURCE: The fabric of dissent: public intellectuals in South Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Bohler-Muller
SOURCE EDITOR(S): V.Reddy, N.Bohler-Muller, G.Houston, M.Schoeman, H.Thuynsma
KEYWORDS: APARTHEID RESISTANCE, CHASKALSON, ARTHUR, COURT CASES, INTELLIGENTSIA, POLITICS
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11752
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15798
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15798

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Abstract

The first chief justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Africa (2001-2005), Arthur Chaskalson acted as defence counsel in numerous important political trials during the apartheid era, including the Rivonia Trial of 1963-1964 in which former president Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders were sentenced to life imprisonment. As a founding member of the Legal Resources Centre " an organisation that sought to pursue justice and human rights in South Africa " he challenged the implementation of apartheid laws. Justice Chaskalson was director from its inception in 1978 until 1993.